Project Run With It (PRWI)
Sponsored by Moss Adams
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The purpose/mission of Project Run with It (PRWI) is to further the service Beta Alpha Psi provides to the community and to provide members/candidates with an opportunity to engage in a real-world consulting project.
PRWI 2013 will involve up to a maximum of 72 BAP chapter student representatives working together during the annual meeting to develop solutions to real life business problems of actual not-for-profit (NFP) agencies located in the area where the annual meeting is being held. The students, working in eighteen teams of four, will have the equivalent of approximately one and half working days to develop a formal presentation showcasing their solution to the business issues presented by the NFPs in their request for proposal for consulting services. Prior to the meeting, the NFP organizations will provide background information and during the meeting will be available to answer the participating students' questions.
How to nominate chapter member/Requirements of nominees
Each chapter may nominate as many chapter members as they wish of any of the three majors. However if at least 72 chapters nominate at least one student, each ultimately participating chapter will be limited to only one participant.
Nominations are due May 1, 2013, by midnight East Coast time
Students interested in being nominated to participate in PRWI are required to:
- Complete a PRWI Nomination Form per instructions on the form.
- Complete a Statement of Interest in participating in PRWI and submit with the Nomination Form. The statement should be no more than one page and should answer the following questions:
- Why do you want to participate in PRWI?
- What skill set will you bring to your team?
- What is your previous experience with NFPs and/or other community service?
- Complete a confidentiality agreement form.
- Submit the three required items NO LATER THAN May 1, 2013, midnight East Coast time. Nominations WILL NOT BE accepted by the Executive Office until all required items are received.
In the likely event that more than 72 students from at least 72 chapters apply for the competition, the selection criterion will be as follows:
- Major (ideally we would like to have a mix of accounting, finance, and information system majors). Students with declared double majors should clearly indicate such on the nomination form. We will accept up to 18 non-accounting majors.
- Service to BAP (members will have priority over candidates; officers will have priority over regular members, in the event of multiple nominations from the same chapter)
- Grade point average
- Statement of Interest described above
- Affirmative statement by the student of his/her ability to attend the annual meeting and be able to arrive in time for the opening kickoff session.
- Timeliness of nomination
- The number of chapters that have nominated students
- Regional allocation of students ultimately selected
- Students will be notified by the PRWI faculty coordinator as to whether or not they were selected between May 15 and May 20. Students not selected will be placed on the waitlist and those students will be notified of their priority on the waitlist.
Once selected for participation, the participants will be notified to which NFP/case study they will be assigned. Information regarding teammates will not be provided until the kickoff meeting.
The participating NFPs will be announced at all the regional meetings and the cases will be posted on the BAP/PRWI website by no later than February 15, 2013. Once the participating students are identified and notified of their participation, specific information relevant to the issues being presented for the NFPs will be provided to the students.
Note: Students will not be provided their assigned teams until arriving at the annual meeting. Each participant is expected to familiarize him/herself with selected project case prior to the meeting.
The schedule for PRWI participants generally follows this format:
6p to 7p General kickoff meeting with the NFP representatives. At this time, team assignments will be announced (six teams per project). Please note that YOU MUST ARRIVE IN ANAHEIM IN TIME TO ATTEND THIS SESSION. We will allow for a one hour allowance on the arrival time (6p vs. 7p) if caused by travel delay out of the control of the student. To qualify for this one hour allowance, you will need to contact the faculty coordinator and let her know of the delay well in advance of the 6p registration deadline. Travel arrangements need to account for travel from the arrival airport to the conference hotel. Depending upon what airport you arrive and what time your flight arrives, your commute to the conference hotel could be as much as two hours. (LA area traffic issues are not over exaggerated.)
Once registered for the Project, students are to report to the main meeting room. Students who are not in the main meeting room at 6p (unless qualifying for the one hour extension as detailed above) will be subject to disqualification.
7p to ~9p - After the general kickoff meeting, participants will break into specific case breakout rooms and have time to ask the NFP representative specific questions. The nature of these discussions are very important to the overall success of a team, therefore, our reason for disqualifying a student if travel delays will cause them to arrive past 7p. A team that is not at full force (i.e., all 4 members) would be at a serious disadvantage.
~9p to ?? - Work with team members to begin planning of the approach to be taken
Participants will be allowed to work in their assigned workrooms from approximately 7a until 4:45p, which is the cutoff for delivery of the completed PowerPoint® presentation to the PRWI faculty coordinator.
Each team will be provided a Moss Adams flash drive on Wednesday which will be the only flash drive acceptable to be turned in.
PRWI participants will not be attending Community Service Day (CSD).
PRWI participants will participate in the Thursday evening meeting activities, which will include a plenary speaker and a meeting-wide social event.
Presentations will be delivered to the judging panels concurrently in three separate rooms starting immediately after the conclusion of the international chapter meeting.
The case studies are each written as a Request for Proposal (RFP) and the six competing teams for each NFP will present their proposal much like a consulting firm would (i.e., teams will pitch their proposal).
Winning teams will be announced at the awards presentation. All PRWI participants are invited, but not required, to stay and meet with judges, including the NFP representatives, for feedback on presentations and recommendations.
The Judges, General Judging Criteria, and General Guidelines
Students that are ultimately selected for the Project will receive a great deal of additional information by email. Therefore, it is imperative that when applying the email you provide on your nomination form must be an address you will be checking during the summer.
A first-place team will be selected for each NFP by a panel of judges. The judging panels will consist of a representative from the team's NFP, an academic representative, and a Moss Adams representative.
Presentations will be judged on the following general criteria:
- Relevance to the NFP and their ability to implement the solution in the most cost effective way.
- Research related to specific issue being addressed.
- Professionalism of presentation.
Presentations guidelines are:
- Maximum time for team presentations is 12.5 minutes
- Additional time (up to 5 minutes)will be provided for follow up Q&A by the judges only
- Business professional attire
Each chapter represented on the first place teams will receive a plaque (which will bear the name of the participating student and chapter) and a $1,000 cash award.
Rewards and Benefits
Students, participating NFPs, faculty advisors, and observers at prior years' competitions considered PRWI to be intellectually challenging, personally fulfilling, worth the time investment, and résumé enhancing. If these benefits sound interesting, Beta Alpha Psi and Moss Adams LLP invite your chapter to nominate as many members/candidates as you wish to participate in the PRWI competition.
During the time running up to the May 1, 2013 nomination cutoff, we will post some information at BAPConnect. Further, should you have any questions, you should post those to BAPConnect. They will be addressed by the faculty coordinator in a timely fashion.
Communications Pertaining to Award Winner(s)
All communications including, but not limited to press releases, media advisories and articles relating to award winners must go through the Executive Office of Beta Alpha Psi. Before any communications are sent out for notification, publication or pitched to media they must be approved by the Executive Office.
The announcement of award winners through a source other than the Beta Alpha Psi Executive Office requires prior permission from the Executive Office. Award winners may not be announced to a university or its affiliates, or any other association without permission. At the time permission is granted, an announcement date will be agreed upon by the Executive Office and the announcement seeking party.