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Student Spotlight: Catrice James


Catrice JamesCollege of Business Administration senior Catrice James is often looked up to as a leader among her peers. A native of Holly Springs, Mississippi, James is pursuing her undergraduate degree in accounting with a collateral in information management. She is an active member of Beta Alpha Psi, the college’s accounting fraternity, and serves as vice-president and a charter member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA). She was the first student from the University of Tennessee to be nationally recognized as a NABA scholar.  She served the college as a peer mentor for the BETS (Business Education for Talented Students) program, one that encourages high school students to pursue studies in business disciplines, during the summer of 2009. As part of the program, she taught a virtual business simulation class and established a leadership award for the most positive, influential student in the program.

James also represents campus as a peer mentor for the Minority Achievement Program (MAP), for which she serves as the organization’s treasurer. MAP provides the opportunity for minority freshmen to connect and be mentored by upperclassmen on how to maintain their academic studies and how to adapt to all aspects of college life. She also serves as the treasurer of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and is active in the Knoxville community, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, and a day-long event promoting women’s health and wellness called “All About Women.”  She also volunteers her time as a “big sister” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, mentoring a local 10-year-old fourth grader. In addition to being active on campus and in the community, James has maintained part-time employment during her time as a student.

James is currently a tax services intern with Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC) in Brentwood, Tennessee. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Master of Accountancy degree. Her goal is to become a CPA and continue in the profession of accounting by opening her own tax practice. She encourages others to consider opportunities outside of their comfort zones, as she did when deciding to attend the University of Tennessee.

“I've been told that I am in the ‘decade of decisions’ era of my life,” says Jones. “Coming from a high school in upstate New York, I believe one of my hardest but best decisions I have made was choosing to attend the University of Tennessee. My interactions with faculty, staff, and fellow students, and the many opportunities that I have been awarded here, have shaped me into the strong and mature person that I have become---which is why I continue to take the time to encourage and uplift other students to make sure they are well aware of the opportunities the university has to offer. I am committed to sharing every blessing that I am granted, to help strengthen the future of the university."

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