KALAMAZOO—Western Michigan University's Gamma Rho chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honorary accounting and finance organization, has earned Superior Status, a designation the group has received for 30 of the last 35 years.
"Achieving Superior Status demonstrates the level of commitment the members of Beta Alpha Psi have toward improving themselves professionally and ethically and in service to others," says Dawn Mason, instructor of accountancy and faculty advisor to the group.
To achieve Superior Status, the chapter was required to complete 12 professional service hours and 12 community service hours per member. Superior Status indicates the highest level of involvement by members of a chapter. The members of the Gamma Rho chapter regularly exceed the required hours.
Throughout the past year, members of the WMU chapter participated in numerous service activities, including working with Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission and Habitat for Humanity. Members also partnered with the Haworth College of Business Career Center to host resume workshops and interview training specific to business and finance students.
Looking to the future, the Gamma Rho chapter plans to continue working on projects as well as improving communication with alumni. The chapter members are also preparing to compete in this year's regional "Best Practices," competition, which recognizes the top performing Beta Alpha Psi chapters in the areas of leadership, strategic planning and collaboration.
"I am so proud that this Gamma Rho chapter is never content to rest on past accomplishments, but is continuously striving to improve and expand its impact to both members and non-members alike," says Mason. "I consider myself lucky to work with these special students."
Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi encourages and gives recognition to scholastic and professional excellence. Its efforts include promoting 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.