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Accounting students participate in conference

ONU’s Mu Delta chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAΨ) was honored with superior chapter status at the organization’s annual conference, Aug. 7-10 in Anaheim, Calif.

Two ONU junior accounting students, Ashley Zoeller of Port Clinton, Ohio, and Matthew Joppeck from Wellington, Ohio, along with Matthew Phillips, assistant professor of accounting, attended. The students took part in a variety of activities designed to enhance professional skills in leadership, technical knowledge and networking.


Zoeller participated in the Beta Alpha Psi International Day of Literacy service event. The event promotes reading and the importance of an education to children in elementary schools in the Anaheim community. Zoeller and other BAΨ participants went to elementary schools and interacted with students, playing games and providing each child with a book suitable for his or her reading level.

Joppeck was chosen to be a participant of the “Project Run With It.” Students prepared and presented a business plan for a non-profit organization. According to Joppeck, “Project Run With It” allowed him to practice new skills including working with people he had not met before while on a service-learning project. He was also able to discuss ideas and make a full business plan for a non-profit organization in a group setting.

In addition participants attended a variety of sessions related to their position in BAΨ.  As president of ONU’s Mu Delta chapter of BAΨ, Zoeller took part in sessions that discussed reporting systems, roles of different officers and chapter leadership. Joppeck attended sessions on BAΨ website creation and networking advice and guides.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, Zoeller, Joppeck and Phillips represented the Mu Delta chapter as it was honored for attaining superior chapter status as part of a national BAΨ excellence program.

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an 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.