Thursday, July 7, 2011

WMU accountancy chapter receives Superior Status

Beta Alpha Psi Executive Board
The Western Michigan University Gamma Rho chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honorary accountancy organization, has earned Superior Status for the 2010-11 year.

The organization encourages and provides recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field including the promotion of the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility. The WMU chapter has earned the Superior Status 28 of the last 33 years.

“This level of recognition reflects the Beta Alpha Psi, Gamma Rho chapter’s commitment to ensure educational and professional experiences that are relevant for a career in accounting,” says Mike Eubanks, student chapter president. “Our membership is committed to academic and professional growth while engaging in various service opportunities.”

“In order to achieve the Superior Status, we were required to complete at least 12 professional hours and 12 service hours per member,” says Jared Lindberg, reporter for the chapter. “We had an average active membership of 58 students over the year which translates into completing 696 hours for professional, of which we completed 988, and 696 hours for service, of which we completed 1761."

"Our members are hard-working, ambitious and very giving of themselves to others," says Dawn Mason, instructor of accountancy and advisor to the group. “I am proud to be associated with them. The chapter participated in service activities for organizations including Strides, Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Veteran’s Hospital, Salvation Army, Business Bash, Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life in addition to tutoring students."

The Gamma Rho Chapter will be co-hosting the regional meeting in Chicago for spring, 2012.