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Ohio University Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi Honored for 2013-2014 Success

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Ohio University Alpha Kappa Chapter Recognized Internationally as a Superior Chapter

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Ohio University’s Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was recognized as a Superior Chapter in August, a distinction it claims for the 13th consecutive year. Beta Alpha Psi, founded in 1919, is an international honors organization for financial information students and professionals.  The Alpha Kappa Chapter was founded in 1952.

“Recognition as a Superior Chapter is a significant accomplishment, particularly for so many years in a row,” said Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business.  “Under the leadership of Dr. Esmond-Kiger, the Alpha Kappa Chapter has excelled academically and in providing professional and leadership development opportunities. They are an outstanding example for student organizations in the College of Business.”

The award is based on the chapter’s professional development and community service activities, attendance and participation in regional and national conferences, and active engagement with alumni and other professionals.

“Giving back to the Athens community is a major part of what makes our chapter special,” explained current president, Corey Porter. “We are committed to fostering lifelong personal and professional growth, as each area is equally important to our future success.”

 Ongoing community service projects are varied.  Many include opportunities for participants to hone skills as well as help the community, like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).  The VITA program offers free tax help to international students, so accounting students gain hands-on experience with income tax preparation.  The chapter has also been deeply involved in educating the campus and region on financial literacy, planning, and best practices.   Other efforts include semi-annual food drives; fundraising, shopping, and wrapping for the Athens Children and Family Santa Tree Project; and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, WOUB, and Good Earth Farm.

According to Beta Alpha Psi member Amelia Osiecki, the volunteer events paired with alumni and corporate events also serve an important role in providing students with networking opportunities the moment they step onto campus.

“Beta Alpha Psi has given me the opportunity to network with firms, give back to the community, and meet a great group of future accountants,” explained Osiecki. “The group helped me to secure a job after my sophomore year. The organization has given me the skills to network and be a leader.”

In addition to hosting representatives from public accounting firms and corporate offices on a weekly basis, other annual professional events held include the Junior Accounting Convocation, Meet the Accountants Night, a career fair for accounting students that hosted nearly 40 companies this year, the Bowlathon fundraiser, an awards banquet, and annual golf outing.  Every event is well attended, due in large part to the loyalty of recruiters, alums, and former Beta Alpha Psi members, who travel extensively to interact with students each year.

“Our ongoing success stems from the dedication of our executive board members and members,” explained Connie Esmond-Kiger, associate professor of accounting and faculty advisor to the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at Ohio University. “Each year we explore new opportunities to improve our chapter and to provide meaningful experiences for our members.”

For more information about becoming a member of the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, or of the Accounting Club, attend one of their weekly meetings in Copeland 104 on Wednesday nights from 6-7:00 p.m. or visit http://betaalphapsiou.wix.com/bap---2013.