Tag: Beta Alpha Psi

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.

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.


The process of filing taxes can be chaotic and complicated, especially for low-income families. Wash U’s accounting honorary Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) has partnered with Gateway Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Community Coalition over the past three years to lessen these families’ burdens.

taxformOn the weekend of January 24th and 25th, around 60 students went through extensive training for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and are now ready to help individuals and families prepare their tax returns.

The VITA program is a federal IRS-sponsored program designed to provide free tax services to local families with low to moderate income, the elderly, and those with disabilities. Last year, the Beta Alpha Psi chapter at Washington University was recognized as one of the three schools that have the most VITA volunteer hours off campus.

Guest Blogger: Jiahui (Angela) Zhu, BSBA/MACC 2015, VITA Coordinator