USD Theta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recognized nationally as a Distinguished Chapter

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Theta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) at the Beacom School of Business has been recognized nationally for academic excellence, professionalism and leadership.

USD’s Theta Upsilon Chapter has been honored as a Distinguished Chapter by the Beta Alpha Psi Board of Directors. Beta Alpha Psi is the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals. Citing the organization’s successful efforts during the 2012-13 academic year, BAP members have an opportunity to meet with representatives from leading public accounting firms and private companies, network with additional USD accounting majors and volunteer their time to community service projects.

Additionally, Theta Upsilon Chapter hosted various presentations from regional companies, including Deloitte, Cain Ellsworth, Eide Bailly, McGladrey, Ketel Thorstensen and KPMG, and helped instruct area high school students at USD’s Accounting Summer Camp. President of Theta Upsilon Chapter is Brent Impecoven of Inwood, Iowa. Additional officers include Austin Eichacker of Lennox, S.D., vice president-operations; Carlye Williams of Madison, S.D., vice president-secretary; Jerry Rodriguez of Sturgis, S.D., vice president-finance; and Ryan Leaf of Oviedo, S.D., vice president-membership.

“Our student members provide our chapter with invaluable service and energy,” said Leon Korte, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting and finance at USD and BAP faculty adviser. “Because of their hard work and leadership, Theta Upsilon Chapter will continue to excel academically and professionally.”

Beta Alpha Psi, founded in 1919 and spans 255 campuses nationwide, encourages and gives recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in financial fields.  This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting and finance, providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility. For more information about BAP at USD, please visit www.usd.edu/business/bap.

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