Clemson’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), an accounting and finance honor society, has had a busy year! Due to their active involvement in serving the community, as well as activities focused on professional development, Clemson’s Zeta Rho chapter was able to achieve Superior status at the national level. This achievement is accompanied by a $500 award for the chapter.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, BAP worked hard on several service projects. The members worked jointly with a local organization to address local food insecurity by providing Backpacks of Blessings to elementary school children. BAP conducted a food drive on the Clemson campus to collect food for children who may not have access to meals on weekends and helped fill backpacks with food. The chapter was also actively involved in working with the Oconee County Habitat for Humanity by participating in construction and landscaping, as well as working at the Habitat for Humanity eStore. In addition to serving the community, the organization served their fellow students by offering free tutoring to accounting and finance undergraduate students throughout the school year.
BAP, known for its professional development focus, hosted its 2nd annual etiquette and networking training dinner to provide members with invaluable skills that they will use throughout the recruiting process and beyond.
A group of select members, along with faculty advisors Dr. Davis-Culler and Lecturer Philo, attended the August 2019 Annual Beta Alpha Psi conference in Chicago, IL, as well as the Beta Alpha Psi Southeast (SE) regional meeting in Louisville, KY in February 2020. At the SE regional meeting, the Clemson chapter had 4 teams participate in competitions related to best chapter practices for Impact and Innovation and deliver presentations on chapter operations. During the AY19-20, the Zeta Rho chapter inducted 35 new members and graduated 16 seniors.
It is evident that BAP has worked hard to not only develop its members and provide opportunities that will benefit them in their professional careers, but they have also focused on making a positive impact on the Clemson campus and surrounding community.