Beta Alpha Psi places 2nd at 2016 Southeast Regional Conference

Members of Beta Alpha Psi pose for a photograph

By Kylie Gibbs, marketing intern, Mike Cottrell College of Business

On February 28th, the Nu Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi had the opportunity to compete in a Deloitte Best Practice competition at the 2016 Beta Alpha Psi Southeast Regional Conference. The conference theme was “Unleash Your Potential” and the best practice topic was “Good or Great!” Of the many southeast region submissions, Nu Gamma’s abstract was one of ten selected by Deloitte for conference presentation.  Given this extraordinary opportunity, our UNG students gave an award winning presentation against some heavy competition. We took some time to interview the members who attended the conference: Jeannie Bradley, Aimee Zeestraten, Zach Thompson, Sunny Wang and Stephan Morgan.

President Jeannie Bradley gave us some insight about the competition and presentation. After writing an abstract within the “Good or Great” category during the Fall semester, it was chosen as one of only ten applicants to present at the regional meeting in Birmingham. Nu Gamma chapter put many hours of work into practicing and revising their 8 minute presentation as a team. Aimee Zeestraten, VP of Membership, said competing against heavy competition along with her teammates was a stressful experience, but after her team’s hard work she wanted them to place. The “Good or Great!” category was asking them to explain what the chapter does to give up the good in order to be great. Their presentation discussed their success with simulcasting their meetings to both the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses, something that Nu Gamma started just last semester. Nu Gamma placed 2nd and received a $250 reward for their chapter. Jeannie said, “For our first time ever competing in a Best Practices Competition, we couldn’t complain!”

If you don’t already know, Beta Alpha Psi is the international honorary and service organization for accounting and finance students. Beta Alpha Psi offers many opportunities for its members including rewarding community service participation, professional development skills education, networking experience and much more. Stephan Morgan said that his favorite part of Beta Alpha Psi at UNG is the guidance that is offered to all members, something that he may otherwise never receive apart from Beta Alpha Psi. He says, “Without our professional meetings throughout the semester I’m not sure I would know what it really means to be an accounting major and what to expect in my future.” The students also agreed that their accounting classes in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at UNG certainly contributed to their success at the conference.

Member Zach Morgan encourages students to get involved because it’s easy! Said Zach, “I guarantee you will get something useful out of it. At the very least, you can hang out and eat pizza with other students. You can decide if Beta Alpha Psi is something that’s right for you from there.” Beta Alpha Psi’s next meeting will be on April 7th at 5pm with simulcast options in Gainesville and Dahlonega.

For more information, contact faulty advisor Martha Merritt.

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