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WMU accounting chapter achieves "superior" status

Nov. 24, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi has achieved superior status for the 19th time in 21 years.

WMU's Beta Alpha Psi, a professional fraternity for accounting students, received a plaque for its dedicated service to the University and the community and for offering professional development opportunities to its members.

The national chapter of Beta Alpha Psi presents Awards Chapters annually based on a review of activity reports submitted during the year by the various local chapters. About 200 chapters were evaluated during the summer and WMU's Beta Alpha Psi was among 95, including chapters at the University of Arizona, Florida State University and Virginia Tech, to achieve the fraternity's highest distinction: "Superior Chapter."

WMU's Beta Alpha Psi was evaluated based on its 1998-99 activity schedule. The group's winning activities included free tutoring twice a week for accounting students, free assistance to community members needing help in filing income tax returns, production of a newsletter for the Department of Accountancy, field trips to accounting firms and other businesses, and weekly meetings hosted by professional accounting firms.

The chapter has 51 members, all of whom are seniors or second semester juniors majoring in accounting who have a grade point average of at least 3.0.

Dr. Sheldon Langsam, associate professor of accountancy, is currently serving as faculty advisor while David Rozelle, associate professor of accountancy, advised the group during the evaluated period.

Media contact: Pauline Oo, 616 387-8400, pauline.oo@wmich.edu

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