Beacom’s Beta Alpha Psi Hosts Food Drive

VERMILLION, S.D. – On Nov. 5, 25 members of USD’s Beta Alpha Psi Theta Upsilon chapter donated their time and effort to help collect food to support Vermillion’s Food Pantry.  Chapter members collected food door-to-door across the city of Vermillion.

“Community services projects are critical for Beta Alpha Psi,” stated Leon Korte, associate professor of accounting and faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi.  “Through these projects, our students gain first-hand experience serving those in need and learning the importance of being good community members by giving back.”

The local Food Pantry in Vermillion is always in need of volunteers, especially close to the holidays. During this food drive, volunteers helped collect 1600 food items and received $500 in cash donations.

“The food drive is important to Beta Alpha Psi,” said Dalton Hoekstra, the president of Beta Alpha Psi. “It provides our chapter with the opportunity to benefit so many community members in Vermillion and the surrounding areas. Over 7,000 unique individuals benefit from the Food Pantry’s efforts each year, so being part of that same cause means a lot to our members.”

Beta Alpha Psi is a professional business fraternity in the Beacom School of Business that offers students the opportunity to meet with representatives from the leading public accounting firms and private companies. This organization gives students the chance to learn more about the accounting field and explore all the possible job prospects for someone with an accounting degree. Beta Alpha Psi is one of ten active organizations in the business school that engages students in community service activities, provides networking opportunities, and encourages compete in regional and national competitions.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News