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Student e-News Issue 106, December 2014

by MICPA | Dec 09, 2014   ()

Nearing the Finish Line: The Race for Student Members is On!
With just a few days remaining until the end of the semester, the MICPA Fall 2014 Student Enrollment Competition shows Wayne State University in the lead with 86 new members. Walsh College is close behind (66) and Western Michigan (30) is in third place. Aquinas (15), Baker (13), Northwood (17), Oakland University (18) and U of M (15) are neck and neck. Students who apply through Friday, Dec. 12 will be included in the final results. Contact Dwight Ragland for details on how to join MICPA for free.

Approaching Your Fifth Year? Apply for MAF Scholarship by Jan. 30
The Michigan Accountancy Foundation (MAF) is accepting applications for the 2015 MAF Fifth/Graduate Year Scholarship. Students can go to to learn more and apply. Paper applications will also be accepted this year ­– contact Dwight Ragland for details. The application, two recommendation letters and transcript(s) must be submitted by Jan. 30, 2015. Since 2003, the Foundation has granted more than $1,000,000 to 294 Michigan accounting students!

Can You Spare a Few Hours? Volunteer to Help Low-income Families With Tax Assistance Program
Here’s a chance to help people who really need it, and at the same time, make some professional connections and gain experience to beef up your resume. The MICPA is seeking volunteers (college accounting students are welcome!) to help prepare tax returns pro bono for low-income families and individuals at Focus: HOPE. MICPA partners with the Accounting Aid Society for this program. Volunteer dates for this year are all on Saturdays – January 31, February 7 and February 14. Sign up for one or more dates, and training is provided. For more information or to volunteer contact Emily Weitz at or 248.267.3713.

Invite Us to Your Next Accounting Club Meeting!
The MICPA is happy to help you find a speaker for your school’s accounting club, Beta Alpha Psi chapter meeting, or for a classroom presentation. Simply contact us to invite a knowledgeable CPA or MICPA staff specialist to your program. Speakers are available for daytime or evening events. There is no cost. And, if the timing is right, we’ll even pop for pizza or snacks and some MICPA swag. Email Dwight Ragland or call him at 248.267.3680.

New App Will Help You Get Home for the Holidays
Whether you’re heading home from school for the holidays or taking a road trip vacation, a new app from the Michigan Department of Transportation will help with real-time road and traffic information, including incidents, lane closures, work zones, message boards, camera views, and weather-related road conditions on I, M and US routes across the state. Available free iTunes and Google Play for iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets. Read more.

Tell Me About Yourself in 140 Characters or Less

In the age of social media and information overload, less is often more. The same goes for job seekers; when you want to stand out from the crowd, find a way to express your value in a short, powerful statement. Using Twitter's 140-character length requirement, you can create a digital elevator pitch that defines your personal professional brand. Find out how to get right to the point in this article from Career Advice.

Four Ways to Practice for an Interview
Preparing for a job or internship interview can be nerve-wracking. Calm your jitters with these four tips that will help you nail that next interview. 

The Five Most In-Demand Jobs Right Now

Competition for jobs is tough, but you’ll be happy to know that a certain profession is among the five most in-demand jobs according to

Source: MICPA
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