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Accounting Student Leaves Lasting Legacy

by - Mar 20, 2017

Scott and Caroline Mitchell, parents of the late Mark Mitchell, accepted his Dean’s list certificate at the Dean’s Honors reception on Feb. 22.

Every semester, the Rawls College highlights students who stand out and make a difference in the community. Mark Mitchell was certainly one of these students. Through his work ethic, values and commitment to learning, he demonstrated that “from here, its possible.” Mark truly exemplified everything a Red Raider stands for.

A sophomore accounting major from San Antonio, Mark served as the accounting director for the Tech Marketing Association. He was also a community advisor for West Village residence hall and a die-hard Texas Tech sports fan. Mark was dedicated to his studies and made the Dean’s list every semester since starting at Texas Tech.

He was very passionate about accounting and planned on becoming a CPA. This passion was strengthened by Dr. Damian Pantoya’s financial accounting course. He was very excited about his future career and had already made connections with the Houston based Deloitte Accounting Firm and planned to pursue a future with the firm.

“Mark and I visited on the Tuesday of the week he passed. We talked about so much: life and how he planned to live it. No farewell words were spoken as I believed I would see him in class on Thursday. I will miss Mark not just because he was an outstanding student, but also because I knew he was going to grow into being a great colleague and friend. The semester is certainly unbalanced without him, but some part of him will always be in my classroom. He truly cared about the other students and did everything he could to help them do their best.  I wish Mark peace and I hope he knows that I will take care of his class for him,” said Dr. Damian Pantoya.

The School of Accounting has established the Mark Mitchell Scholarship Endowment to honor Mark’s memory. The scholarship will be awarded to accounting students who share Mark’s passion and dedication to accounting.

“Knowing that future ambitious accounting students will complete their educational goals as a result of the generous hearts that were touched by Mark is beyond humbling. My husband and I continue to be in awe every time we turn the corner- seeing the goodness that Mark infectiously spread,” said Mark’s mother, Caroline Mitchell.

Mark’s untimely death has been felt throughout the Rawls College community, especially with the students.

“Mark was one of the most kind, caring and selfless human beings I have ever met. He will be deeply missed by all his friends here at the Tech Marketing Association. Mark was a valuable and highly respected member of our team. The effects of his loss are already being felt by those of us who had the honor and pleasure of working with him,” said Lars Michelem, president of the Tech Marketing Association and a junior marketing and management information systems major.

If you are interested in making a contribution in honor of Mark, donations can be made online at donate.give2tech.com. Search “Accounting Fund for Excellence” and make a donation “in Memory of Mark Mitchell.” Checks may be mailed to: Rawls College of Business, attn: Development, MS 42101, Lubbock, TX 79409 (please write Mark Mitchell’s name in the check memo line).


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