This item originally appeared in the June 24, 2004, issue of The Tech Talk.
By BRIAN TYNES
Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honor fraternity, has achieved superior chapter status two years in a row.
Dr. Thomas Phillips, director of the School of Professional Accountancy and a professor of accounting, said the university has had a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi for each of the 17 years he has been at Tech, but it has only become active recently.
"We were a baseline chapter, and we were doing the minimum required to maintain it," Phillips said.
A baseline chapter, Phillips said, is a chapter that does only the bare minimum required to maintain its chapter status.
Phillips said the arrival of Carol Shaver, Beta Alpha Psi's faculty adviser and an associate professor of accounting, helped the chapter increase its status.
"It took a lot of work from [Shaver] and enrollment increased three times our previous number," Phillips said.
Amanda Langston, last year's Beta Alpha Psi president and an accounting graduate student, said the award draws national attention to the program.
"We get national recognition from the accounting community," Langston said. "It is a good thing because it helps us to establish job contacts."
Shaver said Beta Alpha Psi is open to all accounting majors as well as computer information systems and finance majors who have a minor in accounting.
Prospective members must have a 3.0 grade-point average in accounting classes as well as an overall 3.0 GPA or a 3.25 in their last 25 credit hours.
Beta Alpha Psi will be recognized at this year's national convention in Orlando, Fla., from Aug. 5 through 7.