SOA Student Organizations
Our student organizations – Beta Alpha Psi, National Association of Black Accountants, the IMA Student Chapter, and the MACC Association – accomplish much in an academic year, from networking in preparation for employment to community service to hands-on learning projects. The end of the academic year marks a time for recognition of the accomplishments of individual members.
Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) held its annual Spring banquet on April 23, 2014. Justin Mace was awarded Outstanding Member of the Semester. Other Outstanding honorees included Bryan Lelasher – Outstanding Initiate of the Semester; Timothy Baker – Outstanding Professor of the Semester; and Dixon Hughes Goodman – Outstanding Firm of the Semester.
Other BAP honors included the Social Committee Award, presented to Sarah Burnette & Mackenzie Taylor; the Tutoring Committee Award, presented to Bryan Lelasher; the VITA Volunteer Award, presented to Justin Mace; the Publicity Committee Award, presented to Jennifer Gurrera; the Golf Committee Award (for charity golf tournaments), presented to Taylor Wilk; and the Intramural Committee Award, presented to Alyssa Jacke.
The IMA Student Chapter honored four of its members with scholarships for the upcoming academic year. The IMA Scholarship is open to juniors and seniors majoring in accounting. Factors considered when awarding the scholarships are GPA, leadership experience, involvement in the accounting student community, and financial need. The individuals receiving the scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year are Nia Wylie, Nicole Scheider, Julie Leifson, and Nick Dillon-Stout.
The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) is experiencing a large turnover of members this year as two-thirds of their membership graduates in May 2014. In talking with Christopher Rogers, current NABA president, he explained that the current seniors are discussing setting up a scholarship fund for future NABA members. They are very excited about this opportunity and are looking forward to honoring their first recipient. Details on how to apply for the scholarship will be posted in the near future.
The MACC Student Association, in conjunction with the Beta Alpha Psi Spring Banquet, awarded Christina Robin the Outstanding MACC Student of 2013-2014. Christina will be graduating in May 2014 and has accepted a position at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Charlotte, NC.
The student organizations in the School of Accounting have a varied membership and a wide range of traditions; however, there are a few qualities they all have in common. They all are focused on quality academics, work hard to serve their community, and have a rich history of supporting their fellow accounting students. The School of Accounting is proud of them all!