Education & Careers news May 2009

Education & Careers

Louisiana State students use gala to raise cash for needy

A weekly volunteering opportunity for students at Louisiana State University in Shreveport has turned into a gala event that has raised more than $20,000 over two years for a local rescue mission.Members of the university's Rotaract Club, which every week serves dinners at the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission, got the idea to start the "Black Tie...Or Not...Benefit Ball" in 2008 and attracted enough attendees and cash - $10,000 in donations - to make the gala a yearly event.
Education & Careers

Recession inspires mothers to return to school; business, accounting popular options

Earning a degree has long been a dream of many working mothers. While it might seem the recession would put that dream even further out of reach for most, many working and single mothers are actually drawing inspiration from the economy to pursue their dream of getting a higher education.
Education & Careers

Parents mull best gifts for grads in a down economy

In the days following the U.S. Department of Labor's announcement that the unemployment rate had hit its highest point since September 1983, parents of graduating college students are probably wishing they could give their children the gift of a job.But since that's not possible most of the time, family and friends are left with a common dilemma as commencement day approaches: What to give in times of recession and slim job prospects?The picture isn't pretty. Graduates are entering a job market where 539,0000 jobs were cut in April alone, and the jobless rate is at 8.9 percent.
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University of Texas accounting program tops rankings once again

It's probably no surprise that one of the most renowned business schools in the country claims top-ranked accounting programs, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. But the attitude is far from "Ho hum, another year, another No. 1" at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. The undergraduate program was recently given the top ranking by U.S. News and World Report and by Public Accounting Report. U.S. News also gave the accounting graduate program a No. 1 ranking in its annual analysis of professional-school programs.

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