Student group recognized for service activities, outreach

Contact: Samantha Hooker

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Gamma Rho chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has once again been recognized for its dedication to professional and service activities, as well as projects that involved outreach to the campus and community during the 2016-17 academic year. This is the 34th time the chapter earned Superior Chapter recognition by the national honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

Beta Alpha Psi chapters are found on more than 300 college and university campuses, and more than 300,000 members have been initiated since formation in 1919. The national organization recognizes outstanding academic achievements, provides self-development opportunities and encourages ethical, social and public responsibility among its members.

"The level of commitment it takes to achieve Superior Status is significant, and our chapter participants continue to strive for excellence professionally, ethically and in service to others," states Dr. Cari Burke, assistant professor of accountancy and co-faculty advisor.

Dawn Mason, faculty specialist of accountancy and co-faculty advisor adds, "We are so proud of our Gamma Rho members. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to work with this outstanding group."

The WMU chapter is active on campus, providing tutoring for accountancy students throughout the academic year. Members also host an annual Meet the Firms event, a career fair that allows accountancy and finance students to network with potential employers. In the community, they organize multiple volunteer dates with local organizations, including, Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, a local food bank that provides groceries to over 700 people a day, and Focus Kalamazoo, an organization devoted to providing sustainable volunteerism.

Striving for superior status provides students with helpful real-world experience, says Kaitlyn Watkins, Gamma Rho chapter president.

"In striving to achieve this recognition, I have found fulfillment in being involved in an organization which helps students achieve their professional goals after college," she says. "Achieving this recognition would not be possible without the dedication of our members in the areas of community service, tutoring on campus and professional development."

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