The University of Nebraska–Lincoln chapter of Beta Alpha Psi received recognition as a superior chapter for the 2016–17 academic year. As part of the honor, the chapter received $500 courtesy of KPMG and the KPMG Foundation.
Deb Cosgrove, associate professor of practice in accounting and faculty advisor, said the chapter received this recognition numerous times in the past. Though each time she is notified of their superior chapter status, she is “thrilled” as Beta Alpha Psi fills an important role in students’ college careers.
“Our chapter activities introduce students to potential employers and give them a chance to think about who they might want to work for. We emphasize how many students will have a choice in employers and need to know how to make a wise decision about the start of their career,” said Cosgrove. “We also have activities designed to help students navigate the interview process and develop professional skills to benefit them after graduation. The tremendous growth in membership and extremely active schedule indicate students find value in the organization and are willing to work very hard to accomplish our goals.”
The chapter requires individual members to complete hours in both professional and service activities in order to maintain personal standing with the chapter. Some of the activities the chapter carried out during the previous academic year included a highway cleanup, volunteering at People City Mission, organizing Meet the Firms and tutoring students in lower level accounting and finance classes.
Beta Alpha Psi sent three teams to the regional meeting in St. Louis in the spring to compete in best practice competitions. One of the teams received first place and two of the teams placed second in their respective competitions. The chapter also sent 10 students to the national meeting this year in Anaheim, California.
“Earning superior standing as a chapter is an honor. Every year we aim for superior standing. To be recognized for achieving it helps us know all of the hours we put in during our volunteer and community work as well as our professional and social events, are attributable to something. It is nice to be recognized for everything that we do and all the time we dedicate to make the organization successful,” said Jordan Hoeft, treasurer for Beta Alpha Psi who is a first year graduate student from Holdrege, Nebraska.
Open to accounting, finance and information systems students, Beta Alpha Psi includes students who take at least a 300 level or higher class in their area of study, have been enrolled at Nebraska for at least one semester and earned a cumulative GPA over 3.0. It provides opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.
For more information about Beta Alpha Psi, visit: http://business.unl.edu/organizations