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BAP officers at the annual meeting in Washington D.C. in August 2018, along with faculty advisor Adam Greiner.

The Daniels College of Business chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was recognized as a distinguished chapter as a result of its members’ outstanding efforts in the 2017-18 academic year. Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is the international honor organization for financial information professionals, and over 50 students participate in the chapter at Daniels.

Zach Fryer is the outgoing vice president of community service for the Alpha Zeta chapter at DU.

“BAP gave me great exposure to accounting firms around Denver,” Fryer said. “It also enabled me to practice different skill sets to make myself more marketable as a professional, like public speaking practices.”

The chapter puts on events each year that help with exposure to firms, such as the:

  • Kickball Tournament, where students, faculty, alumni and recruiters network, but also have fun before the recruiting season.
  • Meet the Firms, where students have an opportunity to meet the various accounting firms before interviews to learn more about their recruiting process. This event happens twice a year and DU invited BAP chapters from the University of New Mexico and Fort Lewis College to attend in Fall 2018.
  • Golf Tournament, where students, faculty, alumni and recruiters golf or enjoy putt-putt.

Rachel Gustafson is the outgoing president of BAP.

“BAP teaches you the real difference between business casual, corporate casual and business professional,” she said. “If you get involved, then the networking and interview questions aren’t as daunting anymore. And, even more, this organization is the reason I had a job lined up a year prior to graduation. It shaped me into a professional and made me ready to go into the workforce confident.”

Assistant Professor Adam Greiner is the chapter’s faculty advisor. He said he’s amazed and impressed by BAP members’ dedicated participation in professional meetings with firms, community service events and conference competitions throughout the academic year.

“Our BAP officers work extremely hard to uphold the reputation of our chapter and to organize and deliver opportunities that enable their fellow classmates to grow personally and professionally,” Greiner said.

“I believe BAP and its members are highly motivated and personable people that push me to be the best I can,” Fryer said. “If a person values those things, then I think BAP is the right choice for them.”

For more information on DU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter, visit their website.