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Beta Alpha Psi Receives National Honors

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: August 23, 2012

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Management's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was recognized as one of the best in the world, receiving a number of special honors and awards at the organization's international conference in Baltimore in August.

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an international financial information organization for students and professionals.

The School of Management's Zeta Theta chapter received the KPMG Gold Chapter award, an honor bestowed on only nine chapters out of the 296 worldwide. The award is given to chapters which continually demonstrate and exemplify the highest values of BAP: leadership, scholastic success, lifelong learning and development, service and ethical behavior.

"This is the fourth consecutive year we have received the KPMG Gold Chapter award, an honor only one other chapter worldwide has accomplished," said Kathleen Nesper, assistant professor of accounting and law and chapter advisor.

Zeta Theta also earned recognition as a Superior Chapter.

In addition, the chapter took third place for the Ernst & Young LLP Diversity Award, which judged chapters based on the impact on diversity and inclusiveness within BAP and/or their respective school or community. The Zeta Theta chapter developed and presented financial literacy workshops to two local community organizations, VIVE Inc., the largest refugee shelter in the U.S., located in downtown Buffalo, and Heal International, an organization that assists refugee families in opening successful small businesses.

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