The UA Little Rock chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was recently awarded the 2017 Distinguished Chapter Award by the national BAP organization. Beta Alpha Psi is an honors student organization open to students in accounting, finance, and business information systems with a 3.0 or higher GPA in their upper level major courses and a 3.0 overall GPA. Congratulations go to Cynthia Johnson (BAP faculty adviser), Cynthia Shavers, and all the student members.
To earn the Distinguished Chapter Award, a BAP chapter must meet several requirements: They must perform five reaching-out activities, six professional activities, one service activity, and the professional and service activities must be 50 minutes-long and have 25% participation from all members/candidates. Each member must also have at least eight hours of professional and service activities with a total of twenty hours. And lastly, a beginning and end of the year report must each be completed and an initiation must be held.
The UA Little Rock BAP chapter met each of these requirements, first by inviting many speakers, including a CPA from the ASCPA, CFO Allen Engstrom, a representative from the Federal Reserve, a representative from VITA, and representatives from various graduate programs. Next, they spoke to at-risk youth about attending college, assisted with the PBL Day by speaking to high school students, helped at the Rice Depot Food Bank, and held a Reality Fair financial literacy event for the College of Business. They also held a joint “Meet the Orgs” event with the UCA BAP chapter and attended both the regional meeting in Dallas, Texas and the national meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
To learn more about the UA Little Rock chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, please visit: https://ualr.edu/accounting/accounting-society/