Portland State Accounting Students Win Best Practices Competition

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For a second straight year, the Portland State University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) earned a top award in the Best Practices competition sponsored by Deloitte during the 2017 Northwest Regional Meeting held in Seattle.

The competition challenged chapters to develop activities that further their specific goals, exemplify the purpose and spirit of BAP, and provide a blueprint for other chapters to adopt.

Portland State BAP members Sydney Beard and Chloe Spahn won first place in the Community Outreach category. They presented the chapter’s newest outreach initiative: a letter campaign to connect with students planning to transfer to PSU from community colleges.

The chapter had detected a significant timing issue for transfer students as many of the larger CPA firms begin recruiting accounting students as early as their sophomore year. This resulted in many transfer students missing key professional development and recruiting opportunities.

To bridge the gap, PSU faculty and BAP collaborated with Portland Community College (PCC) to identify high-achieving students who have completed their introductory accounting courses.

These students then receive joint letters from PCC and PSU congratulating them on their recent success and encouraging them to connect with BAP even before starting classes at PSU.

Next, BAP sends them invitations to all their crucial career development opportunities along with access to supporting faculty, BAP officers, and PSU career services.

“We are immensely proud of the community outreach program initiated by our BAP chapter to assure that all students have equal access to accounting career opportunities. The determination and dedication of this group of BAP students was remarkable. They represent Portland State University at the highest level with cooperation, enthusiasm and professionalism”, said Dr. Elizabeth Almer, Professor of Accounting.

As first place winners, Sydney and Chloe will represent Portland State University and compete at the BAP National Meeting in Anaheim, California this August.

In developing their presentation, Sydney and Chloe appreciated the counsel and feedback from the BAP Alumni Advisory Board.

Attending this year’s Regional Meeting were Kristen Palmer, Jennifer Mick, Sydney Beard, Chloe Spahn, Katie Conrad and Anthony Capizzi, along with BAP Alumni Advisory Board President, Paul Messner.

Source: Connecting Transfer Students to Career Opportunities: Portland State Accounting Students Win Best Practices Competition
Author: Andrea Bailey
Posted: April 19, 2017
Picture: BAP representatives Anthony Capizzi, Katie Conrad, Chloe Spahn, Kristen Palmer, Sydney Beard, Jennifer Mick and Paul Messner (l. to r.)