Beta Alpha Psi students place third in national competition
Five members of Missouri State University’s Theta Pi chapter attended the Beta Alpha Psi national meeting held earlier this month in Atlanta, Georgia. The students were accompanied by Dr. Carl Keller, faculty advisor, Dr. John Williams, department head, and Dr. Stephanie Bryant, Dean of the College of Business.
One of the largest parts of the annual meeting is the student competition. The competition requires students to compete regionally, which several MSU students did in the spring of 2014. Students Elizabeth Sivill, a junior accounting major, and Ashley Bishop, a graduate student in accounting, advanced from their first place regional competition win to compete at the national level, where they placed third in the Leadership category.
“I had a great time at the annual meeting. It was an honor to present our project on the national level and to receive recognition for our work. The Best Practice project was more than a competition for me; it was a chance to really make a difference in our chapter and gave me the opportunity to become more skilled in leadership, which is a topic I am very passionate about,” states Elizabeth.
The Beta Alpha Psi National Meeting is designed for student chapters, deans, faculty advisors, and professionals within the financial information industry. The 2014 meeting, “Leading at the Crossroads,” was a three-day event consisting of: volunteer projects, informational sessions, competitive presentations, and networking events.
As a part of the informational sessions for students, three MSU chapter members: Craig Thornton, Brock Wiberg, and Samuel Schriver, delivered a presentation on the MSU chapter’s supplemental sales fundraising technique. While at the meeting, all of our students also participated in a day of service supporting literacy, sponsored by KPMG, and spent time with 4th and 5th graders in a local Title 1 school.
Our students represented Missouri State and their college proudly. Congratulations to all!