Boise State University’s Beta Alpha Psi Chapter, Zeta Psi, continues to be one of the most innovative student organizations on campus and one of the most active Beta Alpha Psi chapters in the United States. In the past year, with only 53 members, the Chapter planned and participated in 1,000 hours of professional activities and provided over 1,800 hours of service to the local community. The following are a few of the Chapter’s initiatives and accomplishments:
National Conference: Four Chapter members attended the Beta Alpha Psi National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Over 2,000 students from universities across the country were in attendance. For the sixth consecutive year, a Chapter member was selected to participate in “Project Run With It.” Michael Moreau, outgoing Vice President of Membership, was one of only 72 students selected to participate on a team of four students, each from a different university. The teams were challenged to creatively and collaboratively solve real life business problems faced by an actual non-profit organization located in the greater Baltimore area. In only 36 hours Michael and his team successfully gained an understanding of the nonprofit organization and its issues, formulated a workable solution, and presented to a panel of judges.
An Endowed Scholarship to Support Students: In the fall of 2014, the Chapter established an endowed scholarship fund for accounting students and committed to raise $20,000 over a five-year period. Because the Chapter met this funding goal in a little more than one year it committed in 2015 to raise an additional $25,000. In January of 2017, the Chapter met this additional funding goal.
Reaching Out to the Community: The Zeta Psi Chapter is committed to providing meaningful community service and strived to further expand its impact this year. The Chapter, in partnership with the accounting department’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, held a refugee tax day at the Boise English Language Center in February 2017. VITA volunteers and Beta Alpha Psi members worked together with translators and refugees to provide quality tax assistance. Beta Alpha Psi plans to make this an annual event and looks forward to its continued development next year. Additionally, several of the VITA program’s volunteers were also Beta Alpha Psi members who helped to serve over 330 clients in the 2017 tax season. This program was just one of the Chapter’s many service initiatives. Other activities include providing support to the Idaho Food Bank, Man & Woman of the Year, Rake Up Boise, Boise Historical Society, Ballet Idaho, Boys and Girls Club, and Boise Zoo. These service activities help instill a lifelong spirit of giving and service in these future members of the accounting profession.
Financial Literacy Education: In April, the Chapter designed and hosted a half-day financial literacy program which benefitted 41 middle school and high school students from the Boise Boys & Girls Club. The curriculum provided the students with tools to help them understand a wide range of age appropriate topics including planning and money management, saving and investing, and paying for college. In addition, Beta Alpha Psi provides a financial literacy component for a summer college experience program conducted by the College of Education.
CFOs Exposed: In March 2017, the Chapter partnered with the Treasure Valley CFO Forum to host the annual CFOs Exposed Event. In addition to formal presentations and informal networking, 30 area executives met in small groups with business students—providing students the rare opportunity to talk directly with business leaders at the highest levels. Over 200 students registered for this year’s event.
Regional Conference: In April of 2017, our Chapter sent 18 members to Beta Alpha Psi’s Regional Conference in Seattle, Washington. The conference provided participants with the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with members of 25 chapters from other northwest universities, network with professionals, and attend professional and personal development sessions. This year Boise State’s Chapter also presented at the conference on the importance of meaningful service and integrating skills developed in the classroom to our community outreach and engagement activities.
Annual Banquet: The Chapter closed the academic year by holding its annual banquet on April 19, 2017. More than 100 students, faculty, and business professionals celebrated this year’s accomplishments and selected faculty and students were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the university, profession, and community. The featured speaker was Allan Hall, audit partner-in-charge of Deloitte & Touche’s Boise practice, who highlighted the value of leadership and making the most of one’s professional career.