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Accounting school receives $10 million donation

San Diego State University has received a $10 million gift to name the university's nationally recognized school of accountancy the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy. The gift, among the largest in university history, was made by Gertrude Lamden in honor of her late husband who was instrumental in launching SDSU's College of Business Administration."The naming of the School of Accountancy is transformational for San Diego State," said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber.
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Don't let your online community turn off an employer

By Jeff Kaplan, University of Pittsburgh Everywhere you look, a new online community seems to be taking the world by storm. As these online communities ingrain themselves in our lives, so, too, does the complexity of how they can affect us professionally. Online communities can be amazing tools to help us connect with our friends and family and express ourselves in ways never before possible. However, online communities do have a darker side, and they sometimes derail even the most promising employment opportunities.
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Deloitte brings IFRS to the classroom

Deloitte is addressing the urgent need to bring International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) education into college classrooms. Through the formation of Deloitte's IFRS University Consortium, Deloitte is contributing essential IFRS resources and materials to help prepare and develop future accounting professionals.
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Business students accept the SIFE challenge

The University of Arizona Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named United States National Champion in the four-year division at the SIFE USA National Exposition competition held in Chicago May 13- 15th. Arizona SIFE team members will represent the USA at the SIFE World Cup in Singapore this October. Blue Ridge Community College was victorious in the two-year division.
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Ernst & Young Academic Resource Center to develop IFRS faculty curriculum

Ernst & Young LLP has announced the formation of the Ernst & Young Academic Resource Center, a new collaboration between the firm's professionals and university faculty.
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Virginia CPAs offer financial tips to college graduates

Graduation, for millions of college students, means it's time to trade in books and binders for bills and budgets. The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) provides the following advice to help college graduates become financially independent. Decide whether to move back homeThere are two schools of thought when it comes to moving back in with your parents after college. Some believe that it's best to live independently. Others maintain that by living at home for a year or two and saving money, you can get a head start on a financially secure future.
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DeVry Keller Becker team up to offer five year fast track master's program

Accounting positions rank among the top five open positions in the U.S., according to The employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016 - a rate faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Former accounting professor pleads guilty to grand theft

A former assistant professor of accounting at the University of Tampa has pleaded guilty to stealing $120,000 from the American Spaniel Club. She was accused of writing 71 Spaniel Club checks to herself between July 2006 and March 2007 to feed an Internet gambling addiction.Instead of doing jail time, Lippincott, now a part-time accounting professor at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was sentenced to 15 years' probation.
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Babson College names new dean of faculty

Shahid Ansari, Zwerling Term Chair Professor of Behavioral and Managerial Accounting at Babson College, has been named Dean of Faculty. Ansari is an internationally known scholar in the area of behavioral and cultural aspects of management accounting, strategy, control, and change management. His experience includes teaching, scholarly research, and consulting in this area. He has published numerous papers, monographs, and books.
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Former accounting professor takes helm as president of Eastern Michigan University

The EMU Board of Regents has voted unanimously to name Dr. Susan Martin as the next president of Eastern Michigan University. Martin, 57, is the first woman to be president of EMU and the 22nd president in the history of the University."I am thrilled to be chosen for the honor of leading this great university, which has a strong history of excellent education and a bright future," said Martin."The Board is extremely satisfied with the entire presidential search process and the selection of Dr.
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Case Western Reserve: A day in the life of an accounting student

Name: Valbona BushiSchool: Case Western Reserve UniversityYear: Senior, MAcc student next yearAccounting Experience: Beta Alpha Psi Reporter, VP of Social Events, OSCPA Campus Ambassador, Spring 08 Internship with Ohio-based Cohen & Company CPA firmThe following piece is from a day in my internship journal. We had to keep a journal each week throughout the internship that only the recruiter and our intern buddy were allowed to read.

It’s for real: Microsoft offers software at 91 percent discount

Listen up college students! Or the parents of college students! Or anyone who knows a college student! Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal promotion, which AccountingWEB reported on last month, has been extended through May 16, giving eligible students a few more days to snap up Office Ultimate 2007 software at an unbelievable 91 percent discount – only $59.95 instead of the full retail cost of $679.
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How to stand out in the workplace: Our top five recommendations

Standing out at work is important. But add a struggling economy with everyone spending more and getting less and suddenly standing out at your workplace becomes essential. Are you just another face at the office or someone who is likely to be tapped for the next promotion? Do you have an accurate picture of how you are regarded?AccountingWEB has researched ways to shine so you can spotlight your talents and polish your presence in the office. In no particular order, here are our top five recommendations:Be Your Own Advocate.
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Job hunting? Seven ways not to get hired

Those looking for their first jobs out of college also must look out for potential career pitfalls. According to Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Job Hunting For Dummies, competition for jobs has intensified, making it even more important for entry-level professionals to put their best foot forward."In today's employment environment, there is less room for error when looking for your first career opportunity," said Messmer.
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AICPA proposes changes to CPA exam, seeks comment

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants released a draft proposal for public comment outlining proposed content updates for the CPA exam. The proposal increases emphasis on ethics and provides more in-depth descriptions of the skills necessary for entry-level CPAs. It proposes including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on the exam for the first time. "The CPA Examination tests the knowledge and skills that are relevant for entry-level CPAs. In doing so, the public is protected," said Craig Mills, executive director of examinations for the AICPA.
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Accounting degrees top 36-year high with 64,000 graduates this spring

More than 64,000 students graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting in the 2006-07 school year, according to a new report by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This is the largest number of graduates in the 36 years the Institute has been tracking this data.The total pool of newly minted accounting talent is 19 percent greater than the one reported in the previous survey, which covered the 2003-04 school year.
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KPMG presents first place and $25,000 to University of Virginia team

KPMG PRESENTS FIRST PLACE AND $25,000 TO UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA TEAM IN SECOND ANNUAL STUDENT AUDITING COMPETITION University of California – Santa Barbara, Bentley College Collect $15,000 and $10,000 for Second and Third Place WinsNEW YORK, April 22 – KPMG, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, today announced that a team of four students from the University of Virginia has won KPMG’s national audit case competition for the second year in a row. For its win, the accounting department of the University of Virginia received $25,000 and each student team member $3,000.
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Becker Professional Review announces national scholarship winners

Becker Professional Review, a subsidiary of DeVry Inc., announced that it has selected 50 deserving students for its Scholarships for Success program. Each of the selected winners will receive a Becker CPA Review scholarship to prepare for the CPA Exam.
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Certifications add value to the job search

By Paul A. Sharman, ACMA president & CEO, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)With today's uncertain economy and recent massive employee layoffs at large corporations such as Yahoo! and Ford, it's important now more than ever that job seekers do as much as possible to stand out from other applicants in this increasingly competitive marketplace. It is especially important for accounting and finance professionals to be equipped to comply with the new regulations imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, following the corporate fallouts at places such as Enron and WorldCom.
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College job market to become more competitive

The job market for this year's college graduates is inspiring stiff competition, as employers slow their hiring pace amidst economic uncertainty. Fifty-eight percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2008, down from 79 percent in 2007. Of those hiring, however, 24 percent expect to hire more recent college graduates in 2008 compared to 2007 and 39 percent plan to increase starting salaries.


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