Belmont University’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honorary organization for all undergraduate and graduate accounting, finance and information systems majors, was recognized as a “Distinguished Chapter” at the 2009 Annual Conference for Beta Alpha Psi in Brooklyn, N.Y. last week. According to the Board of Directors of Beta Alpha Psi, the chapter has “far exceeded the minimum requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership.”
To achieve this recognition, student membership increased from nine to 39 members, and the chapter accumulated more than 900 hours of professional and service activities. President Alexa Karpinski (pictured above, a May 2009 graduate who is currently a student in the Masters of Accountancy program) and faculty advisor Dr. Del DeVries represented Belmont’s chapter at the conference. The event included professional workshops and best practices presentations, but the highlight, according to Dr. DeVries, was participating in an entire afternoon dedicated to a community service project. Almost 1,000 students and faculty advisors picked up paint brushes, rakes and shovels to clean-up Red Hook Park in Brooklyn.