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Beta Alpha Psi at USD named Superior Chapter for fifth year in a row

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For the fifth straight year, the University of South Dakota’s Theta Upsilon chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) at the Beacom School of Business achieved Superior Chapter recognition. Beta Alpha Psi, the International Honorary Organization for Financial Information Professionals, was recently bestowed the international Superior Chapter designation during an announcement at the annual BAP meeting in Denver, Colo. Criteria for this award include successful professional meetings, regional competition success and community service. In addition to receiving the “Superior Chapter” designation, the USD chapter received a $275 check from KPMG, a global network of professional services firms.

During the 2010-11 academic year, BAP members organized several meetings on campus with accounting and business professionals. They hosted various presentations from companies such as Eide Bailly, McGladrey & Pullen, Ketel Thorstenson, Deloitte, Cain Ellsworth, KPMG, FDIC, IRS, and Becker Professional. Additionally, USD chapter members had an opportunity to participate in several community service activities, including assisting low income and elderly with their taxes during the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, accounting tutoring, Accounting Summer Camp, CPA night and the Arthur Volk Symposium. They also traveled to Deloitte in Minneapolis, Minn., for a field trip

“Receiving this award for a fifth consecutive year is proof of the hard work and dedication that our chapter puts forth every year in order to achieve success,” stated Srini Ragothaman, Ph.D., professor of accounting at USD and BAP advisor. “We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic group of students who made this happen.”

Beta Alpha Psi offers students an opportunity to meet with representatives from leading public accounting firms and private companies; the chance to get to know other accounting majors at USD and learn more information about the accounting field outside of the classroom. President of USD’s BAP chapter is John Whalen of Hartford, S.D. Additional officers include Judon Mehlhaff of Eureka, S.D., Jenny Schoenfish of Parkston, S.D., Ali Pearce of Rockland, Maine, Abby Doorn of Spencer, Iowa, Corey Backer of Sioux Falls, S.D., Joshua VanLaecken of Watertown, S.D., Jon Callahan of Vermillion, Sara Boyum of West Point, Neb., and Lynsey VonHoltum of Wilmont, Minn.

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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 202 undergraduate and 78 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News