Thirteen students attended the 2015 Beta Alpha Psi Southwest Regional Conference on March 6th and 7th representing UCA’s Theta Lambda chapter in the national honors organization.
Jered Bryan, Alex Hoyle, and Jessica Lasater (all junior accounting majors) won 1st place in the Best Practices Competition for Effective Chapter Operations. They presented the chapter’s Checklist for Success, which contains a variety of professional development activities we encourage our students to complete prior to graduation. The checklist allows officers to schedule the types of meetings current members need to check more items. As a result of their 1st place win, they will compete at the BAP Annual Meeting in Milwaukee in August.
Abby Perdue, Parker Somerfield, Rachel Street, and Tyler Stage (three junior and one senior accounting major, respectively) won 3rd place in the Best Practices Competition for Financial Literacy. They presented @UCAMoneyWhiz, the chapter’s efforts to improve financial literacy of college students using twitter. Weekly financial-tip tweets are sent to their followers who can win gift cards to local businesses by reading and retweeting. With 600 followers and retweets, some of their tips reached more than 30,000 twitter users.
All of the students including Melissa McDowell (senior accounting major), Brittany Ammons, Zhu Nim, Tyler Rogers, and Kevin Wan (junior accounting majors) enjoyed the opportunity to attend conference sessions on networking, career paths, and chapter operations.
Congratulations to these students on their performances in the competitions and their commitment to developing into a professional accountants. Thanks to BKD’s generous contribution to the UCA Accounting Department that funded our travel to Dallas. Also, thanks to the UCA Student Government Association for paying a portion of their registration fees.