Beta Alpha Psi Event

Embracing the Opportunity – Beta Alpha Psi in Washington D.C.

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Picture Featured From left to Right: Rob Stussie (Faculty Advisor), Brandon Hum (Chapter President and ASAB Co-President), Hannah Miller (ASAB Co-President), Chase Wilkinson (Chapter Treasurer), and Whitney Schuring (Chapter VP of Reporting)

Thanks to Eller’s support through the Eller Student Excellence Fund, four members from the Beta Omicron chapter of Beta Alpha Psi attended the 2018 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on August 9-11. Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an international professional fraternity for Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems students and professionals. The 2018 meeting served as a culmination of the 99th year of operation for BAP and an introduction to the 100th Anniversary Celebration. This is the first event the Beta Omicron chapter has attended since its merger with the Accounting Student Association to form the new student organization, ASAB.

Students at the kickoff event

The Annual Meeting hosted guest speakers, networking events, and skills workshops for all its attending chapters’ students and faculty advisors. The event began with an entertaining, but poignant, presentation from the charismatic Dr. Corey Ciocchetti of the University of Denver; he challenged students to reconsider the importance of prioritizing a prestigious career over the pursuit of true happiness. Fellow keynote speakers included the UN Acting Under-Secretary-General for Management Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, and PCAOB Board Member Jeanette Franzel; students were able to gain insight from Bartsiotas unique experiences of moving alone to the US and supporting herself through her years of education, as well as Franzel’s teachings of the behind-the-scenes mechanisms that drives all accounting firms.

Members attended a multitude of sessions and workshops during the conference, learning about a range of topics from the role of drones and RPAs in the next generation of accounting and assurance. Here students were about to use actual audit technology, perform a mini case study, and see the applications of RPAs first hand.

Other workshops included Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and how Section 199A deductions will affect businesses, business etiquette, and watching presentations from chapters across the US and Australia to gain inspiration for best practices.

Of course, no trip to the nation’s capital would be complete without a little sightseeing. As part of the 2018 BAP Theme “Embracing the Opportunity,” attending members were encouraged to explore D.C.’s amazing monuments and museums, taking plenty of pictures to promote BAP on social media.

As fun as it was productive, the 2018 Annual Meeting provided its attending members with new ideas and plans for this next year of operations. The Beta Omicron chapter already has plans to improve membership, professional development, and community involvement, and with the knowledge gained from the Annual Meeting, this next year will be an exciting time to be a BAP member.