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Dress for the Job -- Appearance and Paycheck

Make sure to have a homework shirt in back-to-school wardrobes, says Ken Haller M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine according to Newswise. “What a child is wearing can really help him to buckle down and study.” Haller said that he first heard of the idea of wearing special homework clothes in a psychology class in medical school. Wearing the homework shirt helped him because it said it was time to study.
Practice

SOX Institute Takes Sarbanes-Oxley Training Program on the Road

“Last month, the Institute of Management Accountants reported that top management accountants and finance professionals pulled ahead of public accountants in both average salary and total compensation in 2004 as a direct result of Sarbanes-Oxley,” says Board Chairman Fw. CFE, CSOX, CSOXP. “This is an opportunity for us to reach those who want and need the education right where they are, and at a price they can afford.”The SOX Institute is taking its SOX training program on the road.
Education & Careers

Accounting Scholarships Expand Opportunties for Students

Not everyone who wants to become an accountant when they grow up can afford to. Scholarships play an important role in encouraging the next generation to pursue their chosen career. Recently, two groups awarded scholarships to accounting students for the coming academic year.Rhonda McSwain, an accounting major at Florence-Darlington Technical College, recently received a Thelma Brown Scholarship the Morning News Online of Florence, South Carolina reports.
Education & Careers

Computers Top Sales Tax Holiday Back-to-School Buys

Three-quarters of all Americans believe it is important for children to have access to a computer at home. Unfortunately, only 36 percent of those surveyed feel computers are affordable, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) 2005 Back to School Consumer Survey. Fortunately, a growing number of states are not only recognizing the important role computers play in education but also that they are a major expense for many families.
Community News

Not Your Usual Summer Camp

The first day of camp is always exciting. The kids are eager for fun and ready to learn new things. For the group of middle-schoolers from across North Carolina attending Camp Challenge at the 4-H Education Center, it is more than that.
Tax

Expected Back-To-School Spending Increases

Back-to-school shopping is expected to increase this year according to MasterCard International’s second annual Back to School Spending Index survey. College age and under students might expect to have an average of $573 spent on them by their parents this year in preparation for the new school year according to the survey. The National Retail Federation reports that we Americans spent a total of $40.6 billion in back-to-school shopping in 2004.
Education & Careers

Mark Your Calendar: A Three Year Retrospective of SOX

“The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: A Three-Year Retrospective” is the theme of the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA). The meeting, which is being held August 7-10, 2005 in San Francisco, California, offers attendees an opportunities to learn, communicate and network with others in the accounting industry.Among the speakers to be featured at plenary sessions, luncheons and the opening dinner include: Judy Rayburn, AAA PresidentDennis Beresford, Ernst & Young Executive Professor in the J.M.
Community News

Accounting Gets Hip—Companies Scramble for Talent

It's got it all: great pay, generous benefits, a fast career track and the respect of the highest executives in corporate America.It's accounting, which is fast becoming one of the most prestigious and in-demand careers around. Thanks to a spate of corporate scandals and the flood of jobs created by the Sarbanes-Oxley reform legislation, talented accountants are being wooed with raises, bonuses and a long list of perks.Even those just starting out are being recruited heavily.
Community News

Deloitte Establishes National Chair to Advance Women as Leaders

Deloitte & Touche USA LLP has joined forces with the nation’s only business school designed for women to establish an endowed chair devoted to the advancement of women as leaders. The first Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership at Simmons School of Management in Boston is Deborah Kolb.The Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership is designed to help shape the national discourse on women and leadership by studying and recommending strategies for advancing women into leadership roles in all sectors of business and government.
Education & Careers

Accounting Firms Rushing to Fill Jobs; Minorities Targeted

With the demands of corporate reform legislation bearing down on public companies, the Big Four are hurriedly hiring new talent and seeking a more diverse workplace.Accounting to CareerJournal.com, experienced financial managers are badly needed to deal with the rigors of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act's stricter auditing and accounting rules.
Community News

Why We Need Financially Literate Children

Kudos to the state of Missouri on its proposal to require high school students to take a personal finance class in order to graduate, and to the House of Representatives for supporting similar instruction beginning in kindergarten, as recently reported in a local televised newscast. This type of education is sorely needed right now. Financially speaking, it’s a pretty bleak world out there. Instruction on handling money will help young people avoid some of the financial pitfalls that have trapped many of their parents.
Community News

Illinois CPA Society Honors Top Scorers on CPA Exam

The Illinois CPA Society recognized outstanding achievement on the 2004 CPA Exam with Excel Awards presented at the Spring CPA Awards Reception in May. The Reception was held to recognize and celebrate those individuals who successfully completed the Uniform CPA Examination in Illinois during recent months.Individuals earning the top three examination scores across the state were honored with Excel Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.
Education & Careers

Texas Passes Financial Literacy Law

How many teens know the value of a dollar? How many can balance a checkbook or understand a budget? On June 17, 2005, Texas joined the seven, now eight, states, where the answer to these questions better be: most of them.“Since American teens spend billions of dollars each year, it’s imperative that they learn smart spending and saving habits early in their lives,” Ed Polansky, Chairman of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) said in testimony supporting HB 492.
Education & Careers

Graduate Student in Accounting Becomes Miss Louisiana

Molly Causey, a 22-year old graduate student in accounting at Louisiana State University (LSU), was crowned Miss Louisiana on Saturday. Ms. Causey, in addition to an $8,000 scholarship and about 30 other prizes, will go on to represent Louisiana in the Miss America Pageant.This was Ms. Causey’s third attempt to wear the Miss Louisiana crown. She entered the pageant as Miss Shreveport. Ms. Causey performed Franz Liszt’s piano solo “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” to win Friday’s preliminary talent competition. The Miss America Pageant is traditionally held early in September.
Education & Careers

Accounting Grads, Employers Get Creative

Recent surveys indicate that those graduating with degrees in accounting or finance have excellent prospects for finding their first job. Many graduates, and employers, appear to be having difficulty connecting with each other.
Community News

Professors Call for New Accounting Curriculum Mandate

Professors at Kansas State University College of Business Administration are spearheading a campaign to emphasize the importance of ethics in business education.
Education & Careers

A College Eye View of Accounting

When did you decide to be an accountant? Many people don’t really decide what they want to be when they grow up until they are in college. The liberal arts ideal holds that if students are exposed to enough different types of courses, they will eventually settle on a career path. For some, it may not be the path they intended when they began their post-secondary education. Accounting firms and professors are banking on that.
Education & Careers

Firms Competing for Accounting Grads

While college graduates are facing the best career prospects in three years, it's the grads with accounting degrees who are sitting pretty.No degree is more in demand, Reuters reported. Consider this: A starting salary of roughly $44,000, generous benefits, creative perks and a strong need for new talent.
Education & Careers

Third-Grader First in Math

Ninety-five percent of adults have trouble making it past level five of the Internet-based competition, First in Math’s 24 Game. Seth Rivas, a third-grader at Fountain Hill Elementary School in Pennsylvania, made it all the way to level eight to take home a gold medal and certificate of achievement recognizing the 8-year-old as the nation’s top ranked third-grader. Seth’s team of 29 students from teacher Shawn Collier’s class, was also recognized as the nation’s top-ranked team.
Education & Careers

More Teens than Jobs Again This Summer

Employment rates for individuals under the age of 20 in America hit a historic low last year. This year is not expected to be much better. Summer employment, once the private reserve of students and teachers, has, in recent years, seen an influx of both young adults (age 20-24) and seniors, battling a tight job market, pension reductions and layoffs.

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