Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the accounting honor society at Portland State University (PSU), created a student-run technical journal of accountancy, and also implemented a career workshop for all interested Portland area high school students, which included job shadowing days and a $2,000 scholarship opportunity. The PSU Epsilon Alpha Chapter took first place honors for these programs in two out of three Best Practices competitions at the Northwest Regional Meeting in Spokane, WA, on April 13, 2013. The PSU BAP officers will now attend the Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, on August 8 to 10, 2013, to compete for national Beta Alpha Psi honors.
In the Imagination competition, PSU’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi bolstered the writing and communication skills of its members by creating and sustaining an academic accounting journal, produced and written by PSU accounting majors. The PSU BAP Journal offers valuable information about multiple career paths in accountancy, shares interviews with professionals and teachers, and exposes students to subjects such as technical taxation, auditing, and financial accounting. Intentionally emulating several highly regarded student law journals, the PSU BAP Journal also provides analysis of accounting issues for reference by the greater community. The journal’s articles are edited by local experts, and the entire process helps students forge greater connections with local professionals in the accounting and finance fields.
For the Inspiration competition, a group of eight PSU BAP Epsilon Alpha Chapter students designed a 90-minute presentation on career opportunities in accounting and delivered it to underserved high school students. By enlisting the help of Jeanne Yerkovich, Career Pathways Program Manager for Portland Public Schools, word spread throughout the 12 high schools in the Portland School District to recruit attendants. The PSU BAP team differentiated their program from the rest of the competition by securing job shadowing days for these teens, thereby connecting them with local accounting firms. The final piece was to work closely with Brian Federico, director of development for the School of Business, to build the framework for a BAP branded $2,000 scholarship fund to be awarded to one of the high school participants.
Both competition entries received high praise and top honors for their innovation and effectiveness from judges and from other Northwest chapters of Beta Alpha Psi.
For more information about PSU BAP’s projects, or to donate to the scholarship fund, please visit www.betaalphapsi.pdx.edu.