The Nu Gamma chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at the University of North Georgia (UNG) has achieved superior status for the past three academic years.
Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals, and superior status is awarded to only the top chapters in the country. Selection is based on a number of factors including the completion of service, professional and reaching out activities.
“Beta Alpha Psi is very diligent about connecting students, professionals and alumni through professional events and career fairs, and I have definitely benefitted from these networking opportunities,” Jenna Allen, member of Nu Gamma’s leadership team as VP of Treasury/Secretary, said.
The Nu Gamma chapter was officially established in 2013 after a spending two years as a petitioning chapter. The chapter typically has around 50 students attend meetings and currently has 18 active members and 9 membership candidates.
Acceptance into the chapter is based on GPA and dedication to the minimum amount of activities. All students who are interested are encouraged to attend events and activities, but only accounting, finance and information systems majors are eligible to join.
There are three separate paths available for students wanting to get involved. Students who do not meet the full membership or candidate criteria may choose to participate in the Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) track by attending at least four professional meetings and the awards ceremony. There are currently 38 students participating in this program track.
“While being involved in BAP, I have participated in a number of professional development meetings, each of which have provided me with information on how to develop my professional image,” Allen said. “I have learned how to write a resume that is tailored specifically for accounting recruiters, how to prepare for the CPA exam, and how to present myself professionally to employers and other professionals.”
Chapter activities occur at least once a week with a variety of times that can be found in the BAP Info Packet that is distributed to accounting, information systems and finance students and is available on the accounting majors eLearning site.
“Fortunately, our chapter is supported by external sponsors from the business and UNG accounting alumni community so that we can provide events and leadership development experiences to many students,” Martha Merritt, one of Beta Alpha Psi’s faculty advisors, said.
Merritt and Jennifer Schneider, faculty advisor on the Gainesville campus, support the Gamma Nu chapter by serving as liaisons between chapter leadership and chapter members and between the chapter and UNG administration. Meetings take place on the Dahlonega campus and are live-streamed to the Gainesville campus.
“Not only will your status as a BAP member help you stand out in the job market, but you will be able to attend professional development meetings, perform community service, and network with peers and professionals in the financial information world,” Allen said. “Students who want to get involved can begin attending meetings now and then sign up when registration opens in the spring.”
Interested students can follow the Beta Alpha Psi – Nu Gamma chapter on Facebook, LinkedIn and UNG Connect to stay updated on everything they are doing this semester.