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University Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi to be Installed on Thursday
This fall marked the fourth and final semester of preparation at the Barney School of Business to establish a fully recognized chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at the University of Hartford. The University will become home to the fourth BAP chapter in the state, joining existing chapters at the University of Connecticut, Fairfield University and Quinnipiac University, as the Mu Chi chapter. In addition to installing the chapter, BAP national officers will officially induct 77 new members into the organization. The members consist of faculty, students, and alumni who did their required activities while the chapter was in petitioning status.
The installation ceremonies will be held in the 1877 Club on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m.
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of the group is to encourage and recognize scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.
Barney faculty members Michelle Bertolini, Carl Smith, and Donald Warren have acted as co-advisors to the BAP chapter, overseeing a variety of required professional activities and community service projects.
Programs have included speakers from major accounting firms and a presentation via webcam from London by Paul Pacter, a member of the International Accounting Standards Board. Kathleen DeBoer, an official with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, also made a presentation to students.
But it is community service that sets Beta Alpha Psi apart from other honor societies. In addition to having a GPA of 3.0 or better, students are required to help others in their communities. Members of Barney’s Mu Chi chapter have raised funds and awareness for causes ranging from Habitat for Humanity to Haitian earthquake relief and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This past summer, Warren, Smith and four students – Luke Sacharczyk, Malissa D’Souza, Melissa Martin, and Eric Donnermeyer – also took part in an annual service event while attending the 2011 BAP national meeting in Denver. Project Homeless Connect is organized by the City of Denver and the Denver-area United Way.