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Beta Alpha Psi at USD is 'Superior Chapter' for sixth straight yearNews

VERMILLION, S.D. -- For the sixth consecutive year, the University of South Dakota’s Theta Upsilon chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) at the Beacom School of Business was named a Superior Chapter at the national meeting of BAP at Baltimore, Md. on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Criteria for Superior Chapter status include successful professional meetings, regional competition success and community service. During the 2011-12 academic year, BAP members organized several campus meetings and seminars with accounting and business professionals, including the chapter’s annual CPA Showcase and the 2012 Arthur Volk Symposium, which included well-known author and security consultant Frank Abagnale. Chapter members also volunteered their time to community service projects and hosted various presentations from regional companies such as Deloitte, Cain Ellsworth, Eide Bailly, McGladrey, Ketel Thorstensen and KPMG. Additionally, USD chapter members helped instruct area high school students at USD’s Accounting Summer Camp.

“We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic officer core who make sure that all of our campus events are a success, whether it’s a small presentation or a large community service project,” said Srini Ragothaman, Ph.D., professor of accounting at USD and BAP adviser. “Being recognized for this award six consecutive years is a tribute to all of our officers and members and their hard work and dedication.”

President of USD’s BAP chapter is Evan Hegge of Dell Rapids, S.D. Additional officers include Judon Mehlhaff of Eureka, S.D., Rebecca Duncan of Brandon, S.D., Brett Kruiter of Watertown, S.D., Abby Doorn of Spencer, Iowa, Joshua VanLaecken of Watertown, Jamie Worrall of Huron, S.D., Amanda Coury of Sioux City, Iowa and Nicole Dang of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Beta Alpha Psi is the International Honorary Organization for Financial Information Professionals. 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. In addition to receiving the prestigious Superior Chapter designation for the sixth year in a row, the USD chapter received a $275 check from KPMG, a global network of professional services firms.

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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, Knudson 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