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On January 28, Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) held a “welcome-back” event at Steinberg Rink at Forest Park. BAP members and candidates enjoyed a fun and relaxing afternoon. The skating event was a great opportunity for BAP members to meet the newer candidates. BAP is looking forward to hosting upcoming professional, social, and community service events.

Pictured are Rachel Liu, Albee Hu, Amanda Leary, Bryan Lee, Kameryn Moore, Drew Li, Ben Abramowitz, Josie Peng, Elaine Chen, Jack Hoots.

BAP is Olin’s honorary organization for accounting and finance students and professionals. Olin’s chapter was officially installed in April 2015. For more information about BAP, please visit their website on CampusGroups: https://olinwustl.campusgroups.com/bap/home/ or contact Amanda Leary.(amandaleary@wustl.edu).

Guest Blogger: Meng (Rachel) Liu, BAP VP of Communication

Earlier this month, Olin Business School representatives attended the Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme of this year’s event was in the spirit of encouraging scholastic and professional excellence, and providing opportunities for growth and leadership development.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization that encourages and gives recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in accounting, finance, and information systems. With more than 300 chapters worldwide, Beta Alpha Psi is highly regarded in the professional world.

WashU’s BAP Chapter President, Casey Wagenaar (BSBA’17, MACC’17), and VP of Community Service, Gabby Steinbrecher (BSBA’16, MACC’17) represented Olin at the conference.

Professor Mark Soczek, Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Academic Director of the Master of Accounting program, and Megan Waite, Associate Director of Graduate Programs Admissions, also attended. They enjoyed talking about Olin’s graduate programs with conference attendees from around the world.

Washington University’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) was founded in March 2013, with the charter approved in October 2013.

After being officially installed just under a year ago, members of Olin’s Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) executive committee attended the Missouri Valley Regional Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, April 1-2. Professor David B. Pearson (Chapter Co-Faculty Advisor), Gina Choi (VP of Professional Events), Lin Lui (VP of External Relations), and Casey Wagenaar (President) represented Olin and were sponsored by the Weston Career Center and the Specialized Masters Programs.

BAP-logorefresh-v6bThe Regional Conference began with keynote speaker Alexi Wellman, Vice President of Finance at Yahoo! who provided students with insights on the value of taking risks and creating opportunities for oneself. The three students and the faculty advisor had the opportunity to network with 157 students from 17 other colleges and universities and Professional Partners from several accounting and professional services firms.

Additionally, participants had the opportunity to attend a myriad of chapter and professional development sessions.  The chapter development sessions, which were student led, provided insights into how other chapters recruit and retain members, select meaningful service projects, and provide students with valuable professional experiences and meetings. The professional development sessions included a BAP alumni panel, personal branding sessions, ethics and fraud, first audit engagements, and many other opportunities.

Lastly, Gina Choi and Casey Wagenaar participated in Deloitte’s Best Practices Competition presenting on the Alignment of Officer Activities. This was the first regional meeting in which the chapter was eligible to compete, and the chapter looks forward to competing in the future.

Guest Blogger, Casey Wagenaar, MAAC & BSBA’17

Beta Alpha Psi Awards Dinner

Washington University’s Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) Chapter held its second annual Awards Dinner in the Anheuser-Busch Dining Room at the Knight Center the evening of December 7. BAP, founded in 1919, is an international honorary organization for accounting and finance students and professionals. Olin’s chapter was officially installed in April 2015.

BAP-logorefresh-v6bApproximately 60 members of the University community attended the Weston Career Center and Specialized Masters Programs-sponsored event, including alumni, accounting firm representatives, students, faculty, and staff.

Highlights included valuable insights from guest speaker Jacob Myers, Director in Deloitte’s St. Louis Office, encouraging remarks by Dean Mahendra Gupta, and the presentation of six awards to both undergraduate and graduate accounting students for :

  • Academic excellence: Weijie (Daniel) Zheng and Gina Choi;
  • Outstanding class contributions: Yingzhi (Coco) He and Gabe Leiter;
  • Outstanding chapter involvement: Justin Kirtley and Kameryn Moore

BAP Dinner 2015 - 1In addition, the current BAP officers surprised all with a video as a way to say thanks to Professor David B. Pearson and Professor Mark Soczek, who are BAP’s two dedicated and excellent faculty advisors.

The organization’s officers, both the newly elected officers and those who are completing their terms in office, as well as graduating members were honored at the event.