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.
Amelia Hovey is a senior pursuing her B.S.B.A. in Accounting with a minor in International Business. She graduated with her A.A. at Valencia College before transferring to the University of Central Florida. Amelia finished her first semester as President this past spring and is excited to be leading Beta Alpha Psi again. This is her fourth semester in Beta Alpha Psi and her third semester serving as an officer. Amelia is looking forward to helping new candidates and returning members develop professionally, connect with firms, and learn more about the accounting profession. In her spare time, Amelia enjoys traveling, shopping and cooking.
Executive Vice President
Michelle Roby is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. This will be her third semester in Beta Alpha Psi and second serving as an officer. Michelle is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the board again and spend another semester assisting members old and new with their personal professional development. She is also looking forward to starting her audit internship with EY in their Orlando office this coming winter. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys video games, baking, and hanging with friends.
Vice President of Professional Activities
Brian Hutchingson is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Accounting. This will be his third semester in Beta Alpha Psi and second serving as an officer. Brian looks forward to assisting members old and new with discovering the next big step on their professional journey.
Vice President of Special Events
Daniel Ferreira is a senior pursuing his B.S.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. Before going into accounting, he obtained a degree in Radio-Television Production in 2015 from UCF as well. Last summer, he joined PwC for a summer internship at their Los Angeles office, and he plans to go back next summer. This is Daniel’s third semester in Beta Alpha Psi and his first as an officer. He is looking forward to assisting new and old members navigate through the recruiting process and helping them develop professionally. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys going to the movies, baking, and reading mystery books.
Caitlin Mingonet is a senior pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Central Florida and will be graduating in the Fall of 2018. This is her fourth semester in Beta Alpha Psi and her third semester serving as an officer. After graduation, she will be interning with PwC’s audit practice in their Orlando office. Some of Caitlin’s favorite non-accounting activities include enjoying the outdoors, cuddling with cats, going to the beach, and being UCF’s biggest fan at any sporting event.
Vice President of Chapter Activities
Lauren Whitham is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing her B.S.B.A in Accounting. This will be her second semester in Beta Alpha Psi, and her first as an officer. As VP of Chapter Activities, Lauren is looking forward to organizing volunteer events to get BAP more involved in the community. In her free time, Lauren enjoys working out, watching movies, theme parks, and spending time outdoors.
Vice President of Relations
Eleni is a senior pursuing her B.S.B.A in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. This is her second semester in BAP, and her first serving as an officer. Upon graduating, Eleni wants to pursue a career in the audit field and work for a public accounting firm. She is passionate about bringing students together with both their peers and faculty. Outside of school, Eleni enjoys playing cello, crafting, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of Social Activities
Tamim Daly is a Junior pursuing a B.S.B.A in Accounting. This will be his second semester in BAP and first as an officer. He looks forward to a Fall semester charge of hosting social events where members and candidates can share common interests and develop relationships with the firms. Outside the classroom he enjoys sports, the beach, and and hanging out with friends.
Vice President of Membership
Daniel Pankuch is a Senior pursuing his B.S.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. This is his second semester in Beta Alpha Psi and first as an officer. As VP of Membership, he is thrilled about meeting and guiding new and current members alike. Outside of BAP, Daniel enjoys weightlifting, watching movies, exploring Orlando, and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of Correspondence
Muhammed Kajee is a senior pursuing his BSBA in Accounting. This is his second semester in BAP and his first as an officer. In the upcoming semester he looks forward to keeping all the members and candidates informed of the exciting events and opportunities going on in BAP. In his free time he enjoys fishing, surfing, and relaxing on the beach as well as many other outdoor activities.
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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