College of Business student officers of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter attended the national meeting Aug. 7-10 in Chicago. The group joined more than 1,500 BAP members and faculty advisors from around the globe to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Beta Alpha Psi in the city where the first chapter was initiated in 1919.
Students attending the event included:
- Dalton Gage Norris - Chapter President
- Ariana Allard - Treasurer
- Summer Dickens - New Candidate and Member Coordinator
- Kassie Kusler - Marketing/Public Relations Chair
Dr. Julie Wright, assistant professor of accounting and the chapter’s faculty advisor, felt the experience was a good one for the group.
Wright noted that Beta Alpha Psi is the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals with more than 300,000 members worldwide. Typically accounting and finance students most appreciate the organization's emphasis on the profession.
The Chicago meeting provided an array of opportunities for students to learn more about the profession, including sessions on industry trends, careers, and potential certifications available. The setting offered students fun and worthy activities which kept participants enthusiastic and engaged.
Members were also able to network with others in the organization and glean valuable ideas as to how other chapters operate their respective campus organizations in the United States and abroad.
The four-day event also provided an opportunity for members to compete in presentations to earn awards and money for their respective chapters.
One event which group members found rewarding and fun was the Feed the Funnel Party, hosted by The Pack Shack, a non-profit based in Cave Springs. Approximately 600 students, faculty advisors, and professionals packaged 100,000 meals which were then donated to the Literacy Fairs initiative, local food banks in Chicago, and food pantries at DePaul University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Loyola University Chicago.
Dr. Wright concluded, “The theme of the conference was to inspire these future leaders to leave a legacy of excellence … and I believe the group came back to Fort Smith encouraged to not live our personal and professional lives aimlesssly, but with intention.”