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.
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. Last summer, he joined PwC for a summer internship at their Los Angeles office, and he plans to go back this summer. This is Daniel’s fourth semester in Beta Alpha Psi and his second 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.
Executive Vice President
Daniel Pankuch is a Senior pursuing his B.S.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Central Florida. This is his third semester in Beta Alpha Psi and second as an officer. As Executive Vice President, he is thrilled about meeting and guiding new and current members alike and fostering the organization’s growth. Outside of BAP, Daniel enjoys weightlifting, watching movies, exploring Orlando, and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of Professional Activities
Francisco Reyes is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing his B.S.B.A. in Accounting. Prior to going into accounting, Francisco obtained a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration and a minor in Health Informatics and Information Management in 2015 from UCF. This is his third semester in Beta Alpha Psi and first serving as an officer. Francisco looks forward to helping new and old members on their professional journey. After graduation, he will be interning in PwC’s audit practice in Orlando. In his free time, Francisco enjoys video games, traveling, cooking, and attending every UCF sporting event.
Vice President of Special Events
Eleni Pampoukis is a senior pursuing her B.S.B.A. in Accounting and will be graduating in the Spring of 2019. This is her third semester with Beta Alpha Psi and second semester serving as an officer. After graduation, she will be interning with RSM’s tax practice in their Orlando office. She looks forward to organizing this semesters Spring Banquet and is excited to create an event to be enjoyed by all.
Christy Champnella is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing her B.S.B.A in Accounting. This will be her fourth semester in BAP and her first semester serving as an officer. As Treasurer, she is excited to help candidates and members fulfill their academic and professional goals through BAP. After graduating, she looks forward to her Summer internship with KPMG in their Orlando tax practice. In her spare time, Christy enjoys going to Disney with her friends, spending time with her family, and traveling.
Vice President of Chapter Activities
Ian Wennerstrom is a senior at the University of Central Florida pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. This will be his forth semester in Beta Alpha Psi and second semester serving as VP of Chapter Activities. Ian is looking forward to organizing volunteer events to get BAP more involved in the community. Some of Ian’s favorite activities include kayaking, theme parks, movies, the beach, and hanging out with friends.
Vice President of Relations
Andrea Leimer is a junior at the University of Central Florida pursuing her B.S.B.A in Accounting. She transferred after obtaining her A.A. from Valencia College. This is Andrea’s first semester as an officer and second semester in Beta Alpha Psi. She is always passionate about what she does and is excited to serve on the board for BAP. Outside of school, Andrea loves singing, painting, traveling, and making sushi.
Vice President of Social Activities
Marvin Rumie is a Senior pursuing a B.S.B.A in Accounting with a minor in Psychology. This will be his third semester in BAP and first as an officer. He looks forward to helping candidates and members develop relationships with accounting professionals through hosting social events and providing counsel whenever needed. Outside the classroom, he enjoys working out, movies and hanging out with friends.
Vice President of Membership
Nidhi Patel is a senior at University of Central Florida pursing her B.S.B.A in Accounting. Last Spring and Summer, she joined HD Supply for an accounting internship at their Orlando Corporate Office. She is looking forward to her internship for Fall 2019 with Disney at their Celebration office. This is her second semester in in Beta Alpha Psi and first as an officer. She is looking forward to assisting new and old members through the recruiting process and helping all members develop professional relationships. Outside of school, Nidhi enjoys doing henna, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Vice President of Correspondence
Kiefer Schoenfeld is a graduate student at the University of Central Florida pursuing his 150 credit hours and working on the CPA exam. Kiefer previously interned with Grant Thornton in their audit practice in the Spring of 2018. This is his second semester with Beta Alpha Psi and first as an officer. He looks forward to engaging with the new candidates and returning members, as well as helping them along to whichever accounting field they’re interested in. In his spare time, Kiefer enjoys gaming, sports, and reading.
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: BA1 Room 468
VP of Professional Activities
VP of Special Events
VP of Chapter Activities
VP of Relations
VP of Social Activities
VP of Membership
VP of Correspondence