USD’s Beta Alpha Psi receives ‘Superior Chapter’ designation

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For the second consecutive year, the Theta Upsilon chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) at The University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business was recognized as a “Superior Chapter.”

The international "Superior Chapter" designation was recently bestowed on USD’s BAP chapter during an announcement at the national meeting of BAP in Anaheim, Calif. Criteria for this award include successful professional meetings, regional competition success and community service. Prestigious firms such as Deloitte, KPMG, Eide Bailly, RSM McGladrey, Ketel Thortelson, South Dakota Investment Council, South Dakota Society of CPA’s, Cargill, Daktronics and Polarisallpresented informative technical programs at The U during the 2007-08 academic year. BAP members also performed several community service activities, including undergraduate tutoring, a food drive, highway clean-up, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the annual Arthur Volk Symposium.

"This award is a testimonial to the hard work and dedication of Beacom School of Business students who are officers and members of BAP," stated Srini Ragothaman, Ph.D., professor of accounting at USD and BAP advisor. "We are lucky to have an enthusiastic officer group led by the chapter president Stephanie Suhrbier who made this happen."

Winning awards in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership is nothing new to BAP, which is also slated to receive a monetary award from KPMG – one of the largest international accounting firms. In April, BAP defeated more than 20 schools, including BAP chapters from the University of Iowa, Creighton University and Kansas State University, to claim the Regional Beta Alpha Psi competition.

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