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Two DCBA Students attend Annual BAΨ Conference

                This summer, two of Ohio Northern’s own accounting students had the opportunity to attend the Beta Alpha Psi (BAΨ) Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.  Juniors Ashley Zoeller (Port Clinton) and Matthew Joppeck (Wellington) represented ONU at the annual meeting from August 7-10. Accompanied by advisor Professor Matthew Phillips, Ashley and Matthew took part in a variety of activities designed to enhance their professional skills including leadership, technical knowledge, and networking.

                Ashley’s experience was highlighted by participating in the Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy service event. The purpose of this event was to promote reading and the importance of an education to children in elementary schools in the Anaheim community. Ashley and other BAΨ participants went to elementary schools and interacted with students, either by playing games with them or working at a station which the students would visit. They capped off the day by providing each child with a book that was suitable for his or her reading level.

                Matthew was chosen to be a participant of the “Project Run With It” competition, in which students were placed in groups and challenged to prepare and present a business plan for a non-profit organization. According to Matthew, “Project Run With It” allowed him to practice new skills including working with people he had never met before all while on a service-learning project. He was also able to work in a group setting to discuss ideas and make a full business plan for a non-profit organization.

                In addition to participating in the International Day of Literacy event, participants had the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions related to their position in BAΨ.  As President of ONU’s Mu Delta chapter of BAΨ, Ashley took part in sessions that discussed reporting systems, roles of different officers, and a session covering chapter leadership. Topics of sessions Matthew attended included BAΨ website creation and networking advice & guides.

                The conference ended on Saturday, August 10 with Ashley, Matthew, and Professor Phillips representing the Mu Delta chapter as they were honored for attaining superior chapter status as part of a national BAΨ excellence program (pictures below).

                 Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is a honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.  The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.

Contact:               Gregory Krasnoschlik, BAΨ VP – Public Relations