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
Jordan Peterson is a senior pursuing his B.S.B.A in Accounting and Finance at the University of Central Florida. This is his third semester in Beta Alpha Psi and his second as an officer. As Executive Vice President, he is looking forward to working with fellow members of BAP to educate them about the accounting profession, help them land their dream internship, and develope their professional image. After graduation, he plans on getting his MSA at UCF and becoming a CPA, and he will also be interning at Vestal & Wiler in the Summer. In his spare time, Jordan likes sports, watching movies, and playing video games.
Vice President of Professional Activities
Michelle Roby is a junior at the University of Central Florida pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. This will be her second semester in Beta Alpha Psi and first serving as an officer. Michelle looks forward to assisting members old and new with discovering the next big step on their professional journey. In her spare time Michelle enjoys volleyball, baking, and hanging with friends.
Vice President of Special Events
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 third semester in Beta Alpha Psi and her second serving as an officer. As VP of Special Events, Caitlin is looking forward to helping prepare 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. Some of Caitlin’s favorite non-accounting activities include enjoying the outdoors, cuddling with cats, listening to jazz, and being UCF’s biggest fan at any sporting event.
David Palazzolo is a senior pursuing his B.S.B.A in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. This is David’s second semester in Beta Alpha Psi, and his first as an officer. After graduation, David plans on pursuing a master’s degree in accounting and becoming CPA licensed. In his spare time, David enjoys playing baseball and volleyball, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of Chapter Activities
Ian Wennerstrom is a second semester Junior pursuing his B.S.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. This is his second semester with Beta Alpha Psi and his first semester as a Beta Alpha Psi officer. As VP of Chapter Activities, Ian is enthusiastic about the opportunity to organize volunteer activities for fellow members, and to increase Beta Alpha Psi’s involvement and recognition within the community. Ian enjoys kayaking, climbing gyms, flyboarding, sporting events, movies and spending time with friends.
Vice President of Relations
Alissa Tabb is pursuing a M.S. in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. She plans to graduate in December 2018 and begin a career in auditing. She is passionate about bringing students together with both their peers and faculty. Outside of school, Alissa enjoys weightlifting, yoga, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of Social Activities
Alicia Ornelas-Perez is a Junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at the University of Central Florida, and will be graduating in May 2019. Upon graduating, Alicia wants to pursue a career in the audit field and work for a public accounting firm. This will be her second semester in BAP and first as officer. Alicia looks forward to the Spring semester as she 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, Alicia really enjoys theme parks, trying new restaurants, and just hanging out with friends!
Vice President of Membership
Morgan Stinchcomb is a current Junior pursuing her bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance. This is her second semester in BAP and her first as an officer. As VP of Membership, she is excited to get to know all of the incoming and current members. In her free time, she likes to swim, go to the beach, workout and spend time with friends.
Vice President of Correspondence
Caleb Williams is a senior pursuing his BSBA in Accounting. In addition to being a VP in Beta Alpha Psi, he is also a Peer Advisor for UCF’s College of Business Administration, and a former Treasurer in Toastmaster’s International. In his free time he likes to cook and read. His favorite dish to cook is pan-fried herb crusted salmon and his favorite book to read is Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.”
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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VP of Professional Activities
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VP of Special Events
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VP of Chapter Activities
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VP of Relations
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VP of Social Activities
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VP of Membership
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VP of Correspondence
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