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SDSU Accounting Students Shine at National Competition – Again!
What’s Beta Alpha Psi?Once again, the Beta Alpha Psi student chapter at San Diego State University was named a KPMG Gold Chapter during the national organization’s annual meeting, held August 8 - 9 in Atlanta. SDSU was the only chapter located in California to receive the honor. Additionally, it was the fourth time in the past six years the chapter was named a Gold Chapter, making it one of the top 15 chapters in the world.
Beta Alpha Psi is an international university honors organization for accounting and finance students with over 300 chapters throughout the globe. The chapter located at SDSU’s Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy is celebrating its 25th anniversary as being ranked as a “superior” chapter in 2014.
Part of the Gold Chapter challenge included the production of a video. The SDSU chapter’s video dealt with the group’s community outreach and recruiting efforts during the past 12 months.
Second Place Finish
The chapter also took second place in the leadership portion of the National Best Practices competition. The team from SDSU that participated in the competition was comprised of accounting undergraduates Savana Kalfayan, Moorea Mathews and Lin-Sin Chen. “This is the culmination of many months of preparation and competition that began in the fall of 2013,” said Dr. David DeBoskey, the chapter’s faculty advisor. “This team won their regional competition, which propelled them into the national competition in Atlanta.”
"They truly represent the best of our students and their success has launched the Beta Eta chapter as one of the best Beta Alpha Psi chapters in the world."
- Dr. David DeBoskey
Biggs’ Team Wins Top Prize
In addition, chapter’s president Shannon Biggs’ “Project Run With It” team was awarded first place for their strategic business plan created for three not-for-profit organizations within the greater Atlanta area. Biggs’ team was comprised of individuals from four different universities who presented their plan to a panel of judges which included managers from the targeted organizations.
Faculty Advisor Goes Out on Winning Note
This successful outing at the Beta Alpha Psi national event marks the swan song for Dr. DeBoskey, who will step down as the chapter’s advisor after eight years. “I am so very proud of our students and the SDSU (Beta Eta) chapter,” said DeBoskey. “They truly represent the best of our students and their success has launched the Beta Eta chapter as one of the best Beta Alpha Psi chapters in the world.”
SDSU accounting professor, Dr. Brett Kawada, will take over DeBoskey’s role as faculty advisor starting in September 2014.