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Healing Haiti: MS Accountancy Program Director Lends a Hand in Haiti

Even though the devastating earthquake in Haiti occurred over two years ago, thousands of people are still struggling to get their lives back to normal. Luckily, people like Kris Sharockman, director of the University of St. Thomas MS in Accountancy program, are still willing to pitch in and help those in need.

Kris traveled down to Haiti with a group of people from Eden Prairie, MN, as part of Healing Haiti, a Minnesota faith-based organization. The group chronicled their trip in a blog. This article in Eden Prairie News details her trip and the effect her group’s efforts had on the people they encountered. Kris’ actions are a great example of how helping others, even on a relatively small scale, can make a huge difference and fulfill the St. Thomas mission of working to advance the common good.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can help Haiti earthquake victims, visit: Continue Reading

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Feed My Starving Children: Eliminating starvation around the world

Last Saturday a group of 15 Full-time UST MBA students, and some of their partners, had the opportunity to help improve the life of starving children around the world by working as volunteers at Feed My Starving Children.

Among its other outreach, FMSC is helping relief efforts in Haiti after the earthquake there:

  • When the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, 3 million FMSC meals were already on the ground with our Haiti-based mission partners.
  • Since the earthquake hit, 6 million meals have been shipped to Haiti from FMSC warehouses.
  • Thousands of meals have been airlifted into Haiti and are being distributed.

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Admissions, Admissions, EveningMBA, FTMBA, Health Care MBA, Newsroom, Student Life

The emergence of social entrepreneurship in the MBA community

The Education section of the New York Times this morning had an article about the emergence of social entrepreneurship in the MBA community; I certainly recommend reading it if this is a topic of interest to you.

In the article, author Nazanin Lankarani discusses the results of a recent survey (pdf) of applicants as to why they are pursuing an MBA.  The results were astonishing – almost 30% of the respondents cited “starting own business” as a prime aspiration, a statistic that is up approximately 25% from the last survey in 2006.  The author also points out another interesting statistic – the prime aspiration “improving career prospects” has dropped significantly from the last survey (66.2 percent in 2009, 73 percent in 2006).  This made me think about two things on my Wednesday morning coffee break. First, what are the prime aspirations for current UST MBA students? And second, what are my applicant’s prime aspirations for obtaining an MBA? Continue Reading