MPA Weekly http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly News You Can Count On Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/?v=3.8.1.1 Volunteer Project for Austin Housing http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/23/volunteer-project-for-austin-housing/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/23/volunteer-project-for-austin-housing/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:24 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8776 The MPA Program has been asked by a graduate student in the UT School of Social Work to see if one or more MPA students might be interested in consulting on a project developing a housing matching program for Americorps VISTA volunteers and people with extra rooms in Austin. Specifically, the issue involves identifying possible tax incentives for homeowners who participate in this program.

If you would like to spend a little time on this endeavor or if you have any questions, please email Stuart.Singer@mccombs.utexas.edu

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Fall Commencement http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/23/fall-commencement/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/23/fall-commencement/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:53:57 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8778 Graduating this semester?  Congratulations!!!!

We hope you can attend the Commencement ceremony:

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
Bass Concert Hall 

The fall McCombs Commencement ceremony is planned by the BBA Student Life Office.  Information regarding the ceremony, ticketing, regalia, etc. are on their website.

If you are graduating this semester, with ONLY your BBA degree, ONLY your MPA degree, or BOTH, please fill out this survey.  There are some questions about whether or not you want your name in the program, how it should look, etc.

YOU MUST RSVP! 

(Whether or not you are attending the ceremony)

Please note: RSVPing is not the same thing as applying to graduate.

Submitted by Jo Chauvin

 

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PT Staff Accountant Position in Austin http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/22/pt-staff-accountant-position-in-austin/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/22/pt-staff-accountant-position-in-austin/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:26:28 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8783 The following local position is currently available to 5th year MPAs:

Employer Name: George Evans, CPA
Position Title: Part-Time Staff Accountant

Job Description: Part Time Staff Accountant. Local CPA firm seeks 5th Year MPA.
Entry level staff accountant responsible for client bookkeeping; tax return preparation and general office duties. Excellent training and supervision. 10 to 15 hours per week. Flexible work schedule available.

How to Apply: Please send resume to gecpa@austin.rr.com
Deadline: November 20, 2014

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UT Law Fair http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/21/ut-law-fair-3/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/21/ut-law-fair-3/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:52:22 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8767 All MPA students are invited to attend the UT Law Fair!

The UT Law Fair is an annual event that brings representatives from 110+ law schools to campus to recruit UT students. UT Law Fair is one of the largest school-sponsored law fairs in the nation. This is a unique opportunity to learn a great deal about many different law schools all in one day. Oftentimes the person at the booth is the same person who will be reading your application down the road!

The UT Law Fair will be held on Thursday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Texas Union Ballroom. The Law Fair is free and open to the public. Business casual dress is recommended.

For more information, please visit the event page.

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Study Abroad Photo Contest http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/21/study-abroad-photo-contest/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/21/study-abroad-photo-contest/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:14:31 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8764 The BBA International Programs Office is having a photo contest for students who studied abroad on a BBA Exchange Program or BBA Short-Term International Program in the Spring and Summer of 2014.

Each UT student and McCombs Faculty and Staff can only vote once. You may view the photo gallery, along with the descriptions for each photo, in the entrance hallway outside of the Undergraduate Programs Office, CBA 2.400.

Please cast your vote here. Enjoy!

Submitted by Victoria Salido

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Notary Walk-In Hours http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/20/notary-walk-in-hours/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/20/notary-walk-in-hours/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:27:31 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8754 Jo Chauvin, a notary in the MPA Program Office, will be holding walk-in hours this week on:

Tuesday October 21, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday October 23, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

You do not need to make an appointment; just check in at the front desk of the MPA Program Office.  If you are coming in for CPA-related paperwork, you need to bring:

  • Unsigned CPA Authorization & Release form- make sure it is NOT signed (you will sign that in front of me)
  • Original current U.S. ID with your picture and signature on it (like a driver’s license or passport)
  • Originals of any ID, social security card, etc.
  • Photocopies of any ID, social security card, etc.  That is what I will be notarizing.

If you cannot make one of these walk-in times you can schedule an appointment by e-mailing MPAOffice@mccombs.utexas.edu.  Please list some dates/times that will work for you.

There are also notaries all over campus, including at the SAC and the Co-op.

Submitted by Jo Chauvin

 

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Registration Walk-In Hours http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/16/registration-walk-in-hours/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/16/registration-walk-in-hours/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:00:55 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8743 Registration is October 27 – November 7!
The academic advisors have opened up extended walk-in hours for registration.

Jason  Kathy
October 20-24
Mon: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tues:  3-4:30 p.m.
Wed: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Thurs: 2:30-4 p.m.
Tues: 1:30-3 p.m.
Fri: 1:30-3 p.m.
October 27-31
Mon: 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tues:  3-4:30 p.m.
Wed: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Thurs: 2:30-4 p.m.
Tues: 12-2 p.m.
Wed: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Thurs: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fri: 1-3 p.m.

Submitted by Victoria Salido

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CDS: Internships and Offers http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/15/cds-internships-and-offers/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/15/cds-internships-and-offers/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:40:48 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8728 Students, please update your information in the Career Destination Survey (CDS), which is used to collect and report employment information.  This information will aid us in serving our student population and allow our program to meet the required standards for accreditation.  You may also use this tool to evaluate and negotiate job offers. Because it directly impacts the value of the Texas MPA, you are required to report employment information to receive credit for an internship and/or to graduate.

How and when do I update CDS?
You should create your CDS profile and update your account any time you change your expected graduation date, receive, or accept an offer.  Updates typically require five minutes or less. The link is: https://mpa-mccombs-texas.12twenty.com

  • Initial Sign-Up
    If you have not signed into CDS before, you will need to create your profile.  Go to https://mpa-mccombs-texas.12twenty.com.  Answer the questions on the first screen, check the box to agree to the terms of service and privacy policy and click Report.  Then, answer the background questions on the following screen and click Create Account.
    Once you are back on the main page, click on the Background link to edit your background information.  Make sure it is accurate!
  • Report an Internship or Set Your Account to Not Seeking Internship
    On the same Jobs and Job Offers tab, scroll down to the Internship section and click the Add Internship link on the left side.  Select the proper internship category that applies to you and complete the form with details about the position.  Fill out all required fields and click Add Internship.If you are not looking for an internship or did not do an internship while in the MPA program, click Not Seeking Internship on the left.
  • Report a Full-Time Offer or Set Your Account to Not Seeking Employment
    On the Jobs and Job Offers tab, click on the Add Job link on the left side.  Click the appropriate button for the new job/offer type.  Fill in the details of the job offer and click Add Job.  If you received multiple offers and accepted one of them, you will need to enter each offer separately and mark it either as accepted or rejected.

    If you haven’t received a job offer yet, click the Still Seeking option on the left side.

    If you are not looking for a job, click the Not Seeking Employment option on the left side.

 

How will MPA Career Services use my information?

Your information is used confidentially with no individual identifiers in reports for business school ranking surveys, brochures, recruiting guides, and web sites.  The aggregate results are critical to current and prospective students, recruiters, and program administrators.  Because CDS is also used to track whether you are still searching for a job or internship, we will be able to notify you of important recruiting events and deadlines if we are aware of your job search status.

What if I don’t update my CDS profile?

Reporting your employment status is a requirement of the McCombs Career Services Code of Ethics, and reporting post-graduate plans is a graduation requirement.  You will be notified if you fail to update your profile.  It is your responsibility to keep your personal profile and current employment information updated and accurate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CDS Coordinator via e-mail or call 512-471-6559.

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Fall Internship Paperwork http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/13/fall-internship-paperwork/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/13/fall-internship-paperwork/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:47:54 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8724 Fall interns- the deadline to submit your hard copy materials and to do your online tasks is Monday December 1 at 5:00 p.m.    Students submitting paperwork or completing online tasks after 5:00 p.m. on Monday December 1 will be required to write an additional research paper in order to get credit for the internship.

To see which documents have been received by the MPA Program Office go to the MPA internship webpage and “check your internship status”.

Make sure to keep copies of your internship paperwork- the State Board may want to see it someday.  Additionally, if you are writing your daily journal on a work computer, make sure to e-mail it to yourself or put it on a flash drive or cloud; you don’t want to turn in your work computer at the end of the internship and find that it’s been erased.

MPA Internship Syllabus Fall 2014

If you have any questions about your internship or requirements, please contact MPAAccountingInternships@mccombs.utexas.edu.

Submitted by Jo Chauvin

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Apply for Spring Internship Credit! http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/13/apply-for-spring-internship-credit/ http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/2014/10/13/apply-for-spring-internship-credit/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:46:59 +0000 http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/mpa-weekly/?p=8721 Are you planning to do a spring internship?  Don’t forget to get approval before you start!

The deadline to apply is Friday December 8 at 5:00 p.m. If you do not submit your application by the deadline you will be required to write a short paper regarding why you missed the deadline.

You can find information regarding MPA internships online.  Please note that the “Apply online now” button is toward the bottom of the web page.

MPA Internship Syllabus Spring 2015

For questions, please contact the Internship Coordinator at mpaaccountinginternships@mccombs.utexas.edu.

Submitted by Jo Chauvin

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