Beta Alpha Psi Earns Superior Chapter Status for 13th Consecutive Year

BAP members volunteering for a highway cleanup

The School of Business Administration’s Delta Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) was recently internationally recognized as a Superior Chapter for the thirteenth consecutive school year by the National Offices of Beta Alpha Psi. 

Beta Alpha Psi is the international honor organization for financial information professionals. In order to be member, a student must have declared, or intend to major, in accounting, finance or management information systems.

Recognition as a Superior Chapter comes from the Beta Alpha Psi board of directors and is a significant accomplishment that indicates student members have far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership.  

Credit for this honor goes to last year’s BAP officers, but BAP elected a new slate of officers for the 2015-2016 school year who are working hard to keep improving their chapter.  This year’s BAP officers are:
President Barret Cook
VP of Prof. Events Perri Taylor
VP of Service Events Brynn Christopher
VP of Member Services Lindsey Trent
Treasurer Ryan Hover
Secretary Nicole Moser
Officer-at-Large Heath Parkin

President Barret Cook and VP of Prof. Events Perri Taylor went to the BAP National Conference in August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they networked with hundreds of business professionals and members from other chapters around the U.S. There they attended the KPMG-sponsored “National Literacy Day” and provided educational activities to a first-grade class at a Milwaukee inner-city school.  

“If you ask me, the reason that we have attained Superior status 13 years in a row is because of the constant support of the SoBA staff and faculty and the amazing work ethic of the UM students,” said Cook. “We are truly a special chapter.”

BAP members this year have already participated in a highway cleanup project and will volunteer their time locally at the Montana Food Bank Network, the Poverello Center and Big Brothers Big Sisters. In the spring they plan to host a joint community service activity with PwC and BAP chapters from nearby institutions in the spring. 

In addition, BAP members tutor students taking ACTG 201 and ACTG 202 on Tuesday nights.  BAP also arranges a wide array of events with local professionals as well, such as this month’s presentation by management consultant Andrew Gordon, who offered BAP members career advice and helped them with their negotiation skills.