Beta Alpha Psi - Zeta Mu Chapter
Spring 2019 Alumni Newsletter
The Search for the Dean of the College of Business and Economic Development
- Brady Anderson, Member
- Erin Howell, President
BAP in Washington D.C.
Over the summer, seven officers and five members from the Zeta Mu chapter had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for Beta Alpha Psi's Annual Meeting. The students loved every moment of the conference, from hearing other school's presentations to getting time to explore our nation's capital. All of the members attended a community service event sponsored by KPMG. The students went to different schools, churches, and Boys and Girls Clubs in the city to promote literacy to children. Following the community service, there was a "Welcome Reception & Exhibits" where the members had a chance to walk around and talk with representatives of different CPA prep businesses such as Beckers and Surgent. The second and third day of the conference was filled with presentations from professionals and other universities covering a wide span of topics including CPA exam tips, officer workshops, branding your chapter, and more. During their free time, the members did a lot of touring to the monuments, museums, and more. Overall, the meeting was a magnificent adventure and gave our members more experience and a chance to get involved in the Washington D.C. community.
- Sayle Sanson, VP of Professional Development
A group picture of the members who attended the annual meeting
A picture one of the members took of The Washington Monument.
Four of our officers at the community service event
Best Practices in Jacksonville at the 2019 Regional Meeting
- Morgan Kuhn, Member
Accountants and Their Internships
Other companies who hired accounting interns in 2019 include Clinton CPA Firm; Coast Electric Power Association; FDIC; Haddox Reid Eubank Betts, PLLC; Hieronymus CPAs, LLC; Holt & Associates, PLLC; Horne, LLP; Topp McWhorter Harvey, PLLC; Ultradent Products; Wm F Horne & Company, PLLC; and, Wyndham Destinations. Students not pictured below include Alexander Collin, Angel Castillo Taveras, Brett Bishop, Catherine Hill, Elizabeth Craft, Erik Handshoe, Jenna VanDan, Jennifer Wade, Kelsie Evans, Lauren Hatcher, and Timothy Williams.
- Sayle Sanson, VP of Professional Development
Robert E Donnell III, CPA, Columbia, MS
In the center: Jonathan Brent and Sayle Sanson
Sayle Sanson - PricewaterhouseCoopers, New Orleans, LA
Jonathan Brent - KPMG, Dallas, TX
KPMG, Sydney, Australia
A Step Towards Your Future
- Elizabeth Turcotte Craft, Reporting Secretary
From Hattiesburg Hometown to Dallas Intern
- Jonathan Brent, Member
Zeta Mu Versus the CPA Exam
- Kameshia Mays, VP of Social Outreach
Study Abroad or Nah?
- Josh Spivey, VP of Community Outreach
Grow, Achieve, SOAR
Our Zeta Mu chapter has once again demonstrated the qualities of a premier student organization here at Southern Miss this year. I am so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful chapter which comprises of the brightest golden eagles the school of accountancy has to offer and who strive to GROW, ACHIEVE and SOAR. They work together to support each other as well as the community. While serving as a treasurer for two years, Beta Alpha Psi has provided me with several unforgettable fun and educational experiences. Attending the regional and annual meetings have always been my favorite experiences, mostly because they allowed me to connect with both students from other universities and professionals from different firms who brought a different perspective as well as experiences to the table. Participating in these meetings has taught me the importance of building meaningful, long-lasting relationships.
Furthermore, all the professional and service opportunities offered by our chapter have collectively helped me enhance my knowledge about the real-world accounting profession, leadership skills, networking skills, and mentoring skills. Last but not least, it has enabled me to further improve my communication skills which include but are not limited to presentation skills and public speaking. Beta Alpha Psi has highly contributed to my growth as an individual bringing me closer to the accomplishments which once seemed too distant. All in all, it has taught me “to fly like an eagle that’s born to SOAR up high.” As a soon-to-be graduate, I am a proud GOLDEN EAGLE and will always cherish the lessons and memories Beta Alpha Psi has provided me with.
- Nishu Gupta, Treasurer
Pictures From Some of our Service and Professional Events
Shorter Semesters for the Golden Eagles
This academic year The University of Southern Mississippi shorten the length of the semesters. Rather than having sixteen-week semesters, we now have fourteen-week semesters. Now that our semesters are two weeks shorter, our class time is now an hour and a half, rather than last year when they were an hour and fifteen minutes. Our condensed semesters have given us more extended summer and winter breaks. Because Southern Miss has implemented shorter semesters, the Beta Alpha Psi organizational meeting is held earlier in the semester, and we present the invitations to our candidates during the first week of classes. Another result from the shorter semesters is there are no breaks in class schedules for lunch, so students have to plan their courses around this. It took time for the Southern Miss faculty and students had to adjust to the new schedules, but overall, I believe everyone has enjoyed having shorter semesters and longer breaks.
- Abbie Lee, Vice President of Membership and Recruitment
Pictures from Lake Sehoy Challenge Course with Top, McWhorter, Harvey
Participants had to work together to get across three platforms with only two boards.
Two members zip lining at the end of the Challenge Course.
Team bonding experience where everyone had to be fed through a tire without touching the inside of the tire.
Message From Our Advisor
As the faculty advisor for USM’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter, it is very exciting to watch our chapter grow and see what our members accomplish each year! Maintaining the level of Superior chapter requires much hard work and numerous hours from each and every member. We engage in many activities that make a difference on campus and in the community as members continue to participate in recruiting events such as Black and Gold Day and take part in meaningful service projects including the Big Event, Read Across America, the Young CPA day of service and on-campus tutoring. In addition to our numerous programs with CPA firms and industry partners, members participated in an etiquette dinner, a challenge course and will be touring the Ingalls Shipyard on April 5 with the University of South Alabama Beta Alpha Psi chapter. Through the funds from our annual CPE event (see below for more information) and the support of the School of Accountancy, many members attended the Beta Alpha Psi Annual meeting in Washington DC and also the Regional meeting in Jacksonville, FL where they participated in the Best Practices competition. I am truly honored to work with our exceptional students who are very dedicated to their future careers, our chapter and our wonderful University!
- Valerie Simmons, Faculty Advisor
Beta Alpha Psi Scholarship Recipient & Additional Information
I would like to personally thank our alumni for their contributions to the Beta Alpha Psi Scholarship. I was generously selected to receive the scholarship this year. With this enrichment, I was able to focus more on my studies for my last year as an undergraduate and less on the financials of tuition. This scholarship has allowed me to devote my funds towards continuing my education and the CPA exams in my future. Our members in Beta Alpha Psi are incredibly thankful for supportive alumni, not only for the scholarship but all they do for our chapter. With such great support comes the motivation to be able to give back to the Zeta Mu chapter, who has provided me with outstanding resources and experiences that I will take with me after graduation.
We very much appreciate your support of our Beta Alpha Psi scholarship! If you would like to make a contribution, there is a giving form online at www.usmfoundation.com. Just click on the Give Now button and complete the required information. In the Designations section, you will select Give to the area(s) of your choice and then type “Beta Alpha Psi” in the search box and select Beta Alpha Psi Annual Scholarship (2145).
- Sayle Sanson
CPE Event - May 16 & 17, 2019
Our Beta Alpha Psi Chapter, along with the School of Accountancy and Regions Bank, will be hosting the annual ‘Accounting and Auditing Update’ CPE event on May 16, 2019 (8 hours CPE), and an ‘Ethics, Rules, and Regulations’ seminar on May 17, 2019 (4 hours CPE) in the Trent Lott Center, Rooms A, B, C, D, on the USM Hattiesburg campus. The cost is $100.00 for the A&A Update and $60.00 for the Ethics or register for both seminars for a total cost of $145.00. This is a great way to get those needed hours and also support Beta Alpha Psi! The brochure is attached in the pictures below, please click the pictures to enlarge them. If would like to receive a copy of the brochure and/or additional information, please email Valerie Simmons at email@example.com.