National Objectives

The primary objectives of Beta Alpha Psi, the national scholastic, international honors organization, is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field, which includes the following:

  • The promotion of the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems;
  • The provision of opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing professionals;
  • The encouragement of a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.

 

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What Beta Alpha Psi Has to Offer

Professional Reputation
Beta Alpha Psi is recognized and respected by the business community as a premier collegiate organization. The reputation of Beta Alpha Psi can open doors to outstanding career opportunities in the fields of finance, accounting and information systems. Potential employers know that when they see Beta Alpha Psi on a resume, they are getting the best!

Bonding Through Activities and Service
As a member of Beta Alpha Psi, you will have ongoing opportunities to participate in campus and community service activities. Service activities include participating in fund raising projects for charity, voluntary tutoring and assisting in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.

Communication Skills
Through numerous chances to make presentations at local high schools and introductory college classes, as well as at annual and regional meetings, Beta Alpha Psi members will develop strong communication skills.

Scholastic Achievement
Academic excellence is not only welcomed, it is expected. Beta Alpha Psi requires its members to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

Mentors
At many chapters, each Beta Alpha Psi member has a mentor. In the mentor program, Beta Alpha Psi alumni are assigned to new members and pledges, so you can benefit from their experience and advice. Their support can also help you maintain a high level of academic achievement. The Beta Alpha Psi mentor program ensures someone will always be there for you throughout your college career — and beyond.

Enhanced University Experience
Membership in Beta Alpha Psi is a wonderful and rewarding way to meet like-minded people who share many of the same goals and interests that you do.

Networking Opportunities
Members are also able to develop professional friendships and relationships through various networking activities. These include field trips to companies and firms, attending joint meetings with professional organizations, and service activities.

Future Contacts
Overall, Beta Alpha Psi is a tremendous way to interact with professionals and future professionals from whom you may later wish to seek employment. It is also a great way to develop strategic contacts and relationships with faculty members who can provide good potential job sources and references.

History of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi

ucfThe installation of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi took place on August 13, 1977. The original charter consisted of eighty members (alumni and present students), four honorary members, and eight faculty members.

Before the chapter installation could take place, many requirements had to be met. One requirement was that and an active Student Accounting Society (SAS) had to be established for at least two years. Since SAS had already been founded in 1972, Beta Alpha Psi had a good foundation on which to begin. Next, a preliminary petition listing prospective members, faculty members, and a background of the University and Student Accounting Society had to be submitted and reviewed by the National Secretary/Treasurer. After this petition was corrected and modified, the National Council approved the final draft. In March 1977, after National approval, Doris Cook (1977-78 National President of Beta Alpha Psi ) visited the campus and met with the prospective Beta Alpha Psi members to consider the application. Her recommendation was affirmative, and the installation ceremony and banquet took place in August 1977.

Since its inception in 1977 the chapter has steadily grown, achieving superior status for the first time for the 1981-82 year. This chapter regained this status in the 2008-09 year and is currently a superior chapter. In 2014 it was also awarded Gold Chapter status, a title given only to 15 chapters that year.

Officers


Timothy Nguyen

President
President@bapucf.com

Timothy Nguyen is a student in the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program at UCF. This is his third semester involved with BAP and he is excited to help create an organization that is bound together by strong relationships and common interests! When he’s not accounting, Tim can be found in the gym, cooking, or playing any sport that doesn’t require swimming.

Melanie Mark

Executive Vice President
ExecutiveVP@bapucf.com
Melanie Mark is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. This will be her fourth semester in Beta Alpha Psi and second as an officer. Aside from her designated responsibilities as the Executive Vice President, Melanie hopes to use this position as an avenue to uplift her peers and help them to develop their professional skill set. After graduation, Melanie will be joining PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Audit intern in the Miami office. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, attending sporting events, and traveling to new places.

Brian Huthingson

Vice President of Professional Activities
VPProfessional@bapucf.com

Brian Hutchingson is entering into his his third year of college, and his second at UCF. He is currently seeking dual degrees in both accounting and criminal justice and hopes to graduate in 2019. Outside of school Brian enjoys anything having to do with sports. He is a member of UCF’s club ultimate frisbee team and spends most of his free time working out or hanging out with teammates and friends.

Caitlin Mingonet

Vice President of Special Events
VPSpecialEvents@bapucf.com

Caitlin Mingonet is a junior pursuing her B.S.B.A in Accounting at the University of Central Florida and will be graduating in the Fall of 2018. This is her second semester in Beta Alpha Psi and her first serving as an officer. As VP of Special Events, Caitlin is looking forward to helping prepare for some exciting events where both students and professionals get to interact. After graduation, she plans on getting her MSA so that she can work in audit at a public accounting firm. When she is not in class, she loves to enjoy the outdoors, cuddle with cats, listen to jazz, and play ukulele.

Peter Hwang

Treasurer
Treasurer@bapucf.com

Peter Hwang is currently a Senior pursuing his B.S.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Central Florida, graduating in May 2018. He was previously the VP of Correspondence and looks forward to serving on the board in a separate capacity. Peter looks forward to helping to forge and maintain strong relationships between BAP students towards their path to the future. In his free time, Peter enjoys cooking, swimming, and playing the violin.

Mark Garrett

Vice President of Chapter Activities
VPChapter@bapucf.com
Mark Garrett is a junior pursuing his B.S.B.A in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. This is Mark’s second semester in Beta Alpha Psi, and his first as an officer. After graduating, Mark plans on getting a master’s degree in accounting and becoming a CPA. In his spare time, Mark enjoys playing ice hockey, traveling, and cooking.

Jordan Peterson

Vice President of Relations
VPRelations@bapucf.com
Jordan Peterson is a senior pursuing his B.S.B.A in Accounting and Finance at the University of Central Florida. This is his second semester in Beta Alpha Psi and his first as an officer. As VP of Relations, he is looking forward to working with fellow members of BAP to educate them about the accounting profession and steps necessary to take to get involved in it. After graduation, he plans on getting his MSA at UCF and becoming a CPA. In his spare time, Jordan likes to watch sports, work out, and play video games.

Brian Perez

Vice President of Social Activities
VPSocial@bapucf.com
Brian Perez is a Senior pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Central Florida, and will be graduating in Spring 2018. Upon graduating, Brian wants to pursue a career in the audit field and work for a public accounting firm. This will be his second semester in BAP and first as officer. Brian looks forward to the fall semester as he will be in charge of hosting social events where members and candidates can share common interests and develop relationships with the firms. Outside the classroom, Brian really enjoys playing sports and working out. His favorite sports include basketball, football, and wrestling.

Kevin Wu

Vice President of Membership
VPMembership@bapucf.com
Kevin Wu is a senior pursuing a B.S.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. This is his second semester in Beta Alpha Psi and looks forward to meeting and getting to know all current and new members. Outside of Beta Alpha Psi, Kevin enjoys everything baseball related. He spends his free time watching baseball and doing research in support of his fantasy baseball team. Lastly, he is a fanatic supporter of his hometown team, the New York Mets, as well as the UCF Football and Baseball programs and the University of Michigan Football program.

Mehdi Bennouna

Vice President of Correspondence
VPCorrespondence@bapucf.com
Mehdi is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at UCF. This is Mehdi’s second semester with BAP but first as an officer. After graduating in the Spring, Mehdi plans on interning at a firm for a semester and then continuing his education at UCF for his masters. He is looking forward to meeting all the new members and reconnecting with existing members. In his free time, Mehdi enjoys eating out and watching TV series and movies.


Advisor


Leigh Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor
Leigh.Rosenthal@ucf.edu
Leigh Rosenthal is a lecturer in the College of Business Administration. Leigh teaches Taxation of Business Entities and Transactions. He is happy to have the opportunity to work with the intelligent and hard working men and women in Beta Alpha Psi (BAP).

Office Hours

Office: BA1 Room 361

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Joshua H.
President
12:00 – 2:00 PM  3:00 – 5:00 PM
Melanie M.
Executive VP
 1:30 – 3:30 PM  3:00 – 4:30 PM
Matthew P.
Treasurer
 10:30 – 11:30 AM  10:30 – 12:00 PM  10:30 – 12:00 PM
Marissa C.
VP of Professional Activities
3:30 – 5:30 PM 12:00 – 1:00 PM

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Kailee D.
VP of Special Events
3:00 – 5:30 PM  11:30 – 1:00 PM
Raymond R.
VP of Chapter Activities
 12:00 – 1:00 PM  12:00 – 1:00 PM 12:00 – 1:00 PM   12:00 – 1:00 PM
Hannah S.
VP of Relations
1:30 – 4:00 PM  12:00 – 1:30 PM
Timothy N.
VP of Social Activities
 1:30 – 2:30 PM  9:00 – 12:00 PM
Amelia H.
VP of Membership
 12:00 – 1:30PM

2:30 – 4:00 PM

9:30 – 11:30 AM

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Peter H.
VP of Correspondence
 1:30 – 3:00 PM
4:30 – 5:00 PM
 9:30 – 10:30 AM  2:30 – 3:00 PM

4:30 – 5:00 PM


Joshua H.
President
Monday: 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Melanie M.
Executive VP
Tuesday: 1:30 -3:00 PM
Wednesday: 3:00 -4:30 PM

Marissa C.
VP of Professional Activities
Monday: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Thursday: 12:00 – 1:00 PM & 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Kailee D.
VP of Special Events
Wednesday: 3:00 – 5:30 PM
Friday: 11:30 – 1:00 PM

Matthew P.
Treasurer
Monday: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Tuesday: 10:30 – 12:00 PM
Thursday: 10:30 – 12:00 PM

Raymond R.
VP of Chapter Activities
Monday: 12:00 -1:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Hannah S.
VP of Relations
Tuesday: 1:30 – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Timothy N.
VP of Social Activities
Tuesday: 1:30- 2:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 – 12:00 PM

Amelia H.
VP of Membership
Wednesday: 12:00 – 1:30 PM & 2:30-4:00 PM
Thursday: 9:30 – 11:30 AM & 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Peter H.
VP of Correspondence
Monday: 2:00 – 3:00 PM & 4:30 – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 -10:30 AM
Wednesday: 2:00 – 3:00 PM