By Professor Richard S. Sathe, EdD., CPA
A team of three St. Thomas accounting students, Diana Matveychuk, Erin Moore, and Robert Polacek recently completed a project to assist a local nonprofit organization with an accounting project. River Valley Riders (RVR) provides therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving in the St. Croix River Valley for children and adults with special needs. Benefits include improvement of balance, increase of core strength, development of self-confidence and improvement of social skills.
The students assisted RVR with financial statement presentation, detailed accounting records, RVR’s use of Quickbooks, and banking.
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:
Saturday, June 2 was a not only a beautiful to be outside enjoying the sunny weather, it was also a spectacular day to be taking part in the spring 2012 Hearts & Hammers Project Day. Hearts & Hammers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding elderly and disabled homeowners with exterior home improvement projects, was pleased to have members of the Graduate Business Alumni community help for a third year in a row.
As I was checking off items on my morning to do list, I came across an article posted on LinkedIn titled, People who Volunteer Live Longer which captured my attention.
What a great way to convince more students to volunteer, I think. Not only will it help expand their network, build their resume, but it will also increase their longevity on this planet. Then I read the article. It made me check myself, so to speak. I had it all wrong and maybe I’m not the only one.
The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reported last week that the Twin Cities area has been ranked as the top large metro area for volunteerism for the fifth consecutive year.
A report released by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service says an average of 37.1 percent of Twin Cities residents volunteered annually over a three-year period covering 2008-2010.
UST MBA students contributed to this ranking by contributing their time in a number of ways. Students served at Feed my Starving Children, and organized book readings for First Book, to name a few.
This post was contributed by Full-time UST MBA student Dan Jackson, External Relations officer for UST’s First Book chapter.
Members of the UST MBA community (or avid Opus Magnum readers) may have already heard about First Book, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing needy elementary school students with books they can call their own. We first wrote about our chapter in a blog post last April.
Are you thinking about doing your first reading for First Book? Are you a bit nervous to even volunteer? Whether it is your first time at a First Book reading or your fifth, here is a list of classroom tips and reminders that will help to ensure that you are getting the most out of your First Book experience:
This post is by Sara Christenson, a first-year Full-time UST MBA student.
Business students are expected to join case competitions and hold many leadership positions to increase the marketability of their résumés. Employers are looking for more than the core classes when they hire an MBA–they want proven, driven leaders and people who can manage multiple projects and keep a team together. With organizations like Net Impact and First Book, UST MBA students are able to distinguish ourselves from the competition.
The UST First Book group ventured off-campus this week for their second reading at Nellie Stone Johnson on the North side of Minneapolis. I was part of a ten person volunteer team that committed an hour of their time to reading to a group of K-4th graders. As part of an after school YMCA program, volunteers read to students for approximately 30 minutes and wrapped up their time with students by giving each student a book of their very own.
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books.
The Star Tribune reported yesterday that “Twin Cities residents volunteer more of their time…than folks in any other metro area in the nation.”
More than 900,000 metro residents, in city and suburb, volunteered an average of 44 hours a year in 2009, according to the annual report by the federal agency overseeing national service programs.
This is great to hear for many reasons. It says a lot about the type of community this area is and shows that “Minnesota nice” is as nice as ever. These stats are supported by a recent news release showing we have one of the “happiest” workforces in the country too.Why else are we top of the list?
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.