Beta Alpha Psi was founded in 1919 at the University of Illinois and has since grown to over 300 Chapters. Beta Alpha Psi is an international scholastic and professional organization for financial information professionals. The primary objective of the organization is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance, and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility. Zeta Theta, our chapter at SUNY Buffalo, was chartered in March of 1981 by Dr. Lawrence Brown and a group of enthusiastic accounting students. The process began in 1979 when this chapter first petitioned for membership status. Through hard work and dedication the chapter received its charter on March 21, 1981 from Joyce Dean, the national president at the time.
It was from this aggressive beginning that certain major events developed. Our annual fall event is “Meet the Professionals Night,” which gives students the opportunity to meet various professionals. A traditional spring event has been “All Day Seminar,” which consists of a variety of speakers discussing different aspects of current issues. In addition, there are many events that provide assistance to students and members of the community. These are VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a year round tutoring program for students, Adopt-A-Highway, and the annual food drive for the Food Bank of WNY.
Regional and Annual Meetings
Beta Alpha Psi is divided into nine regions throughout the country. Each region holds a meeting, usually in the spring. The Zeta Theta Chapter is currently part of the Atlantic Coast Region, which stretches from Maine to Virginia. The Annual Meeting is held every summer. The annual meeting, held during the summer, comprises of schools from every region, and provides a great opportunity to network.