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WMU accountancy chapter earns 'Superior Status' designation

by Mark Schwerin

Aug. 23, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Gamma Rho, Western Michigan University's chapter of the international honorary accountancy organization Beta Alpha Psi, recently earned a Superior Status designation from the organization.

Beta Alpha Psi encourages and provides recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field, including the promotion of 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. The WMU chapter has earned the Superior Status 28 of the past 33 years.

"This level of recognition reflects the chapter's commitment to ensure educational and professional experiences that are relevant for a career in accounting," says Mike Eubanks, student chapter president. "Our membership is committed to academic and professional growth while engaging in various service opportunities."

Superior Status reflects significant accomplishment on the part of Gamma Rho, which substantially exceeded its requirements.

"In order to achieve the Superior Status, we were required to complete at least 12 professional hours and 12 service hours per member," says Jared Lindberg, reporter for the chapter. "We had an average active membership of 58 students over the year, which translates into completing 696 hours for professional, of which we completed 988, and 696 hours for service, of which we completed 1,761."

The credit goes to the collective work ethic of chapter members, says the group's advisor, Dawn Mason, instructor of accountancy.

"Our members are hard-working, ambitious and very giving of themselves to others," Mason says. "I am proud to be associated with them. The chapter participated in service activities for organizations including Strides, Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, Veteran's Hospital, Salvation Army, Business Bash, Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life, in addition to tutoring students."

The coming academic year also holds great promise for Gamma Rho. Among its activities, the chapter will be co-host of Beta Alpha Psi's Midwest Regional Meeting set for spring 2012 in Chicago.