Beta Alpha Psi Wins Prestigious Gold Chapter Award at National Conference

August 27, 2013

All Winners COBA Students at the BAP National Conference in Anaheim

Congratulations to UTEP's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) for earning the Gold Chapter Award at the 2013 National Beta Alpha Psi Annual Conference in Anaheim, California this August.

This is a very prestigious award that comes with a monetary prize of $2,500. The Gold Chapter Award consists of those chapters that meet certain strict requirements for community service, professional service hours and professional development.

In addition, the chapter earned Second Place in two of the Best Practices competitions.

The team for Project Run With It consisted of Andrew Velasquez, Iris Smith, and Cesar Romero. The team was to develop an inspirational, creative and fun presentation to high school seniors in underserved communities in the Careers of Accounting/Finance/and or Information Systems. Their project consisted of inspiring local high school students to go to college and choose a financial major. UTEP"s chapter, Theta Beta, worked with the El Paso Chamber of Commerce and the university's Provost Office to host tax nights, FAFSA nights and Spaghetti Taco nights at community high schools.  The team provided tax services to low-income families, facilitated the submission of FAFSAs, and educated students on higher education opportunities in the financial field.  The team won first place at regionals in Dallas, Texas and then won second place, along with a monetary award at the Annual National Meeting in California.   

Our other team consisted of Mayra Huereca, Edith Suarez, and Arturo Velasquez. They competed in the Best Practices Imagination Category where they developed and executed an imaginative program that improved the writing skills of the members and candidates while using a content expert. Our students developed a fairy tale, including an oversized story book with illustrations, that helped students to write a cover letter, a proper thank you email after a job interview, and a resume. UTEP competed against eight schools such as Ball State, Pace University, University of Missouri, and California State University received first place at regionals in Dallas, Texas and then second place recognition and a monetary award in California.


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