COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Winter 2016 graduates at University of Alabama

The University of Alabama awarded some 2,270 degrees during winter commencement Saturday, Dec. 10. With this graduating class, UA will have awarded more than 257,000 degrees since its founding in 1831 as the state's first public university.

Candidates for degrees from UA include William Balchunas and Jon Vice, both of Miramar Beach, bachelor's degrees.

The University of Alabama, the state's oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

Troy University announces Fall/Term 2 graduates

Troy University recently recognized students who completed the requirements for graduation during the fall semester and Term 2 of the 2016/2017 academic year.

Local residents who graduated include Barrett Perry of Destin, bachelor of science; Taylor Walters of Miramar Beach, bachelor of science in nursing; and Hannah Rodriguez of Destin, bachelor of science.

New partner from Destin

Top 25 CPA and advisory firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC (CRI) has named 16 new partners.

Sonia Mitchell, CPA, has more than 25 years of accounting, tax and audit experience. Her longevity with CRI has allowed her to build close relationships with clients and strengthen her focus on the hospitality, retail, real estate, and construction sectors. She also has in-depth expertise in the nuances of restaurant accounting, including payroll, insurance, tips and tax credits, point-of-sale (POS) reports, costing out meals for profitability, and performance measurements.

Mitchell is also a QuickBooks Pro Advisor, a Xero Certified Advisor, and a licensed realtor in the state of Florida.