Selected members visited both the PwC and Deloitte offices and participated in professional and cultural development activities such as a Wall Street tour and a Broadway show. This senior trip to NYC offered networking, learning and serving opportunities, as well as a chance for students to develop personal and professional relationships throughout their careers.
"Since I joined Beta Alpha Psi there have been so many things I contribute it to helping me with. Before I joined the Alpha Lambda chapter I knew almost no one in the entire Accounting program at UT and was simply a silent participant in my classes and in recruiting. However, when I joined I suddenly had this connection with 60 other people. Suddenly my classes went from being familiar strangers to people I truly knew and cared about. I contribute this to our Chapter's encouragement of truly participating and getting to know one another. Our chapter plays a major role in at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and this feeling of finding a belonging is a shared feeling among nearly all members. Despite being a large college and having larger classes members can come in with this feeling of belonging knowing almost every face in your classes. This goes a long way in the success academically, there is a huge support for all of our members in being active in classes and supporting one another. This is not limited to just the classroom, but I have had this feeling extend to recruiting socials and networking events. Our chapter has helped me find my career path and a sense of belonging in the accounting program here, and I know that other current and future members will find that BAP offers them so many meaningful connections."
"This past semester I had the honor to serve as the President of the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. A major passion of mine that we saw realized through our chapter this semester is participating in community service. One of our main goals as officers was to increase the community service opportunities for our chapter. At the beginning of the semester, we organized a professional meeting with Crowe which included a service component where we made shoes for children in Uganda. Near Halloween, we served as a group at Zoo Knoxville’s “Boo! At the Zoo” where we gave out candy to children, played games, and facilitated various activities. Lastly, on a morning right before the holiday break, our chapter organized and wrapped Angel Tree gifts that would be sent to local underprivileged children and also wrote letters of gratitude to various servicemen and women (active duty soldiers, veterans, new recruits, wounded heroes and their caregivers, or first responders) through the organization Operation Gratitude. We’ve seen the culture of our chapter change due to the heightened focus on community service this semester. Hopefully the progress we made serves as the impetus for continued growth within our chapter and as a source for inspiration for future chapters as they approach service opportunities."
MACPA’s purpose is leading our profession, Maryland first, in transforming the world and making a positive impact. We seek to Connect, Protect and help the CPA-led profession Achieve success. With this in mind, we partner with BAP, it’s leadership, students, educators and fellow professional partners, because we believe in the power of collaboration and the importance of community. BAP students are our future leaders and together our future is brighter and stronger.
Rebekah Brown, CPA
Maryland Association of CPAs