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.
What Beta Alpha Psi Has to Offer
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.
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.
Academic excellence is not only welcomed, it is expected. Beta Alpha Psi requires its members to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
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.
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.
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
The 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.
Andrea Leimer is a Senior at the University of Central Florida obtaining her B.S.B.A in Accounting in the Spring of 2020. She transferred after receiving her A.A. from Valencia College. This is Andrea’s second semester as an officer and third in Beta Alpha Psi. Last summer, Andrea joined PwC for an internship in Miami and she plans on joining the firm again to intern in the audit practice in Orlando. She is always passionate about what she does and is excited to help others achieve success through their professional skills. Outside of school, Andrea loves singing, painting, and cooking, particularly making sushi.
Executive Vice President
Marvin Rumie graduated with his B.S.B.A in Accounting with a minor in Psychology this past summer. This will be his fourth semester in BAP and second as an officer. He looks forward to helping candidates and members develop relationships with accounting professionals. During his undergrad, he completed two accounting related internships, was a Tax Volunteer for the IRS, and was a sushi chef at a local restaurant. Outside the classroom, he enjoys working out, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.
Vice President of Professional Activities
Brittany is a senior currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and will be graduating in Spring 2020. This is her second semester in Beta Alpha Psi and first serving as an officer. This coming summer, she will be doing an Advance internship with PwC at their Orlando office in Assurance. She looks forward to hosting a successful Meet the Firms as well as guiding members and candidates through the recruitment process this semester. In her spare time, she enjoys binge-watching TV shows she has already seen, listening to true crime podcasts, and playing puzzle games.
Vice President of Special Events
Shannon is a senior pursuing her B.S.B.A in Accounting and will be graduating in Spring 2020. This is her third semester in Beta Alpha Psi and first semester serving as an officer. She will be interning for EY at their Orlando office in the Audit practice next summer. She looks forward to running a successful Women Symposium event and helping our candidates and current members start their accounting careers. In her free time, she likes to go to Disney, watch movies, travel, and hang out with her friends and family.
Entering his final semester at UCF, Alex is a senior graduating this fall with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. This is his fourth semester in Beta Alpha Psi and first as an officer. Alex is currently in the process of applying to law school with the plan of studying tax law. He is looking forward to getting to know the candidates and members this semester and helping them reach their professional goals. In his spare time, Alex enjoys fishing, hiking, and going to the beach with friends.
Vice President of Chapter Activities
Jonathan is a senior pursuing his B.S.B.A in Finance and Accounting, and will be graduating in Spring 2020. This is his second semester in BAP and first serving as an officer. He currently is an Accounting Intern at OUC and plans on working in Assurance post-graduation. Jonathan looks forward to meeting new people at the volunteer events and giving back to the community. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, working out, traveling, and cooking.
Vice President of Relations
Ricardo is a junior at the University of Central Florida pursuing his B.S.B.A in Accounting. He transferred after obtaining his A.A. from Valencia College. This is his first semester as an officer and second semester in Beta Alpha Psi. He is always passionate about what he does and is excited to serve on the board for BAP. Outside of school, Ricardo loves singing, painting, traveling, and making sushi.
Vice President of Social Activities
Kevin is a Senior Pursuing his Bachelors in Accounting and will be graduating this Fall 2019. This is his second semester in BAP and first serving as an officer. He has left his previous internship to focus on being a full time student and officer this semester. Next spring, he will be starting his audit internship with RSM and returning to UCF to pursue his Masters degree in Accounting. In his free time, he likes to watch movies, workout, hang out with friends and eat food.
Vice President of Membership
Angelica Perez Cordero is a Senior pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and will be graduating Spring 2020. This is her second semester in Beta Alpha Psi and her first semester serving as an officer. She looks forward to meeting all the new candidates and guiding them through the process of becoming a Beta Alpha Psi member. In her spare time, she enjoys binge-watching many new or old series, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Vice President of Correspondence
Anila Mehdihassan is a Junior pursuing her B.S.B.A in Accounting and a certification in Human Resources. This is her second semester in Beta Alpha Psi and her first semester serving as an officer. She will be interning in Deloitte’s Audit practice with the Orlando team in the upcoming summer. She looks forward to mentoring and offering her support to both new and current members. In her spare time, Anila enjoys doing pilates, playing with her nephew, and catching up with friends and family.
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).
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