PSU Beta Alpha Psi Epsilon Alpha chapter earns top awards at the 2019 Annual Meeting
Author: Crista Tappan, The School of Business
Posted: August 22, 2019

Students representing The School of Business at Portland State University’s Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter (Epsilon Alpha) earned two awards at the 2019 BAP Annual Meeting held in Chicago, Illinois on August 8-10. This year’s theme was “Inspiring Future Leaders to Leave a Legacy of Excellence.”

PSU won the Grant Thornton Ethics Award, which seeks to encourage the members of Beta Alpha Psi and their communities to develop a solid ethical foundation and to empower them to act on these principles no matter the situation faced. Tin Nguyen accepted the award on behalf of his team that included Ju Hyun (Joanne) Lee and Ningxin Xi. The team developed an interactive workshop to increase student awareness of ethical dilemmas they may face as they start their careers in accounting and finance. The aim was to stimulate student awareness and create a platform of ethics on which the students could stand on throughout their careers.

The excitement continued for the business students, who also won second place in the Deloitte Best Practices Competition in the category centered on community service. The team of Chris Tash and Jace Halttunen presented a new initiative in which BAP members worked to increase the donations to The School of Business’ Professional Clothing Closet through outreach to local accounting firms and nonprofits. These clothes were then offered to students at The School of Business free of charge. The chapter also presented a workshop to educate students on the various forms of professional dress and provided students the opportunity to meet with a professional stylist. The goal of the initiative was to increase student confidence during the competitive recruiting process. 

The competition teams met throughout the year with the PSU BAP alumni advisory board, chaired by Abbie Therrow of Grant Thornton. The board shared their own past experiences and provided essential guidance and feedback to the team as they prepared for competitions. PSU is grateful to the board for their generous time commitment and their unwavering dedication to supporting the next generation of professionals.

Other PSU BAP members who were critical to the success of the competition team this year include Amy Morales, Cara Bryce, Allison Davis, Agnieszka Zoltowski, Gabriel Caballero, Bo Jiang and Thanh Nguyen. 

“We are immensely proud of these students,” said Kelly Lutz, instructor of accounting. “Their dedication, teamwork and professionalism over this past year resulted in these extraordinary accomplishments at the national level. The initiatives they began will be a part of their legacy upon graduation and will impact future members of the PSU community. We are thankful to all BAP members and the board for their commitment and enthusiasm throughout this entire process.”