University of Memphis | Beta Alpha Psi

Requirements to Join:

How to Join

The first step in getting involved with Beta Alpha Psi is to attend one of our first few semester meetings. Beta Alpha Psi meets most Friday evenings during the Fall and Spring semesters, beginning with a semi-annual Meet the Firms Mixer. The Meet the Firms Mixer is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about firms, network with like-minded professionals, and learn more about potential internship and job opportunities. While attendance at the Mixer is not mandatory, we strongly recommend the Mixer as a starting point for students interested in becoming a member.

When you arrive at your first meeting, you will be asked to sign-in as a first semester candidate by providing your name and e-mail address. Shortly thereafter, you will start receiving emails about upcoming meetings, requirements, service events, etc. Prospective members must complete two semesters of candidacy, and meet scholastic, professional, and service requirements to become members. Please see the information below for complete membership requirements.

What are the Scholastic requirements for Candidates?

One of the following MUST be met for Accounting Students:

  • Presently taking or have completed Intermediate Accounting I and have a minimum 3.0 average GPA in Accounting; and have an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher*

  • or



    Admitted into Graduate School and pursing a MS ACCT

    *Note: students must have earned at a minimum a 3.0 average in Intermediate Acct I and Intermediate Acct II to be eligible to become initiated as a member at the end of their two-semester period of candidacy.

    One of the following MUST be met for Finance Students

  • Presently taking FIR 4440 "Managerial Finance" with a 3.0 GPA in all Finance courses

  • or



  • Completed FIR 4440 with a "B"

  • The following MUST be met for MIS students

  • Admitted into Graduate School and have an undergraduate degree in business

  • What are the Attendance and Fee requirements for Candidates?

    The following are required for all candidates:
  • Attendance at 6 of the scheduled professional meetings for the semester (a minimum of 360 BAP Professional Minutes)

  • Completion of 8 service hours (480 BAP Service Minutes, i.e. service opportunities that are specifically endorsed by Beta Alpha Psi at through our website, email communications, or meetings) per semester; These service opportunities are posted on our website on the Service Opportunities tab. At least 2 hours must be tutoring. No more than half of total service hours can be tutoring.

  • $100 one-time candidate fee (non-refundable; due first semester as candidate in BAP)

  • $75 one-time membership fee (due in the candidate's second semester in BAP)

  • You must complete two semesters as a candidate before you can become a member. Attendance at the end-of-the-semester Banquet is required, as this is where you will be initiated as a member after completing your second semester in good standing and completing your candidate project.

  • Academically eligible (based on GPA at beginning of the candidacy semester)

  • What are the Scholastic requirements once I become a Member?

    All members who wish to be in good standing must complete one of the following:
  • Must have completed Intermediate I and II with a minimum 3.0 average, have a 3.0 GPA in upper level accounting courses, and either a 3.0 GPA overall or a 3.25 GPA in the last 30 semester hours.

  • Students that have completed ACCT 3110 and meet the accounting and overall GPA during their candidacy will automatically meet the requirement for membership.

  • Must complete FIR 4440, have a 3.0 GPA Finance courses, and either a 3.0 GPA overall or a 3.25 GPA in the last 30 semester hours.

  • All Accounting or MIS. graduate students must have an undergraduate degree in business

  • Must have “B” average in ACCT 7000 for graduate students without an undergraduate degree in business

  • How can I be in Good Standing?

    The following are required in order to be a Candidate or Member in Good Standing:
  • Attendance at the BAP Banquet

  • Attendance at 6 of scheduled Professional meetings for the semester (can include the Meet the Firms Mixer)

  • Complete 8 BAP-sponsored service hours (those service opportunities that are specifically endorsed by BAP through our email communications, meetings, or website)

  • Submit required candidate fees.

  • How can I be awarded Outstanding Candidate or Member?

    The Outstanding Candidate/Member is the candidate/member who achieves the mark of Good Standing and performs the most service and professional hours, beyond all other members of the current semester. Acknowledgment of achievement at BAP Banquet.

    The below table is a helpful overview of the service and professional hours required and what constitutes service, professional, and matching minutes. Need additional clarification? Please contact our Co-Recording Secretary Sharon Spence at sspence1@memphis.edu.

    Service Opportunities:

    Service Requirements

    All members and candidates are required to complete a minimum of 8 hours of community service each semester, including 2 hours of tutoring (in the Business Learning Center or at an elementary school). Additional hours (as well as matching professional and service hours) will go toward achieving "Distinguished," "Superior," or "Gold." Service and professional hours requirements are summarized here.

    Make sure to bring your service form to document your volunteer hours. After your form is signed and completed, it should be submitted to Co-Recording Secretaries Matthew Teal or Sarah Lawrence at the following Beta Alpha Psi meeting or sent to them via email at mteal@memphis.edu or sglwrnce@memphis.edu.

    Current Service Opportunities

    Please visit the following Google spreadsheets to view a list of available service events, view available time slots, and to sign-up online.

    Important Note About Tutoring:

    Sign-ups must be completed two weeks in advance. Only two BAP candidates/members may tutor at a time. BAP tutors may only tutor for one hour at a time. Please visit the following link to sign-up.

    BAP Tutoring

    Please visit the following link to sign up for non-tutoring related service events.

    Service Events

    Service on Saturday - Feb. 24 and Mar. 19

    Service on Saturday is facilitated by the University of Memphis Students Advocating Service Office. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign-up online to volunteer with one of the participating organizations. To sign up for Service on Saturday events, you will need to sign up on both the BAP Google Docs page and the University of Memphis sign up page.There are currently two Service on Saturday scheduled for the Spring 2016 semester: one on February 24th, and another on March 19th. Additional events may be added throughout the semester. To sign up for one of the dates currently scheduled, please visit the University links below:
    February 24th Sign-Up
    March 19th Sign-Up

    Daffodil Dash - Mar. 19

    The Daffodil Dash is a 3 mile run sponsored by the Botanic Gardens. Volunteers will help by handing out water during the race. This event is on March 19th from 7:00am-12:30pm at the Botanic Gardens. Only 10 spots are available for this event. To participate, please sign up on Google Docs by February 22nd.

    Spring Break Camp - Mar. 21-24

    The Spring Break Camp is sponsored by the Botanic Gardens. Volunteers will help by assisting the teachers at the camp. This event will be held from March 21st to March 24th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Botanic Gardens. Only 2 spots are available per day for this event. To participate, please sign up on Google Docs by February 22nd.

    Family Egg Hunt - Mar. 26

    The Family Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Botanic Gardens. Volunteers will participate by hiding eggs and assisting with the egg hunt. This event will be held on March 26th from 12:00-4:30 at the Botanic Gardens. Only 10 spots are available for this event.. To participate, please sign up on Google Docs by February 22nd.

    Shelby Farms Down to Earth Festival – April 2nd

    This event is a festival to celebrate Earth Day. The times for this event are 9:00 am to 1:00pm and 12:00pm to 4:00pm. In addition to signing up through the BAP Google Docs page, you must also sign up through the Shelby Farms website by following this link. Sign up early; spots will fill up fast!

    Shelby Farms Serve + Play Cleanup - April 3rd

    This event is a day to help clean-up the Shelby Farms Woodland Discovery Park. This event is from 1:00pm-3:00pm. In addition to signing up through the BAP Google Docs page, you must also register through the Shelby Farms website by following this link.

    Forget Me Not Trivia Night – April 9th

    This event is a fundraiser for Alzheimer's Day Services which provides adult day services to persons suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other related diseases. The times for this event are 3:00-8:00pm or 5:00-8:00pm. If you sign up for the 3:00-8:00 pm time, you will be helping set-up for the event. Please sign up through the BAP Google Docs page by March 14th.

    Spring Plant Sale - Apr. 15-16

    The Spring Plant sale is sponsored by the Botanic Gardens. Volunteers will help sale plants and help shoppers carry their plants. This event is on April 15th and 16th at the Botanic Gardens. There are three shifts available: 8:30-12:30, 12:30-5:00, or 8:30 to 5:00. To participate, please sign up on Google Docs by February 22nd.



    Ongoing Service Opportunities

    Alzheimer's Day Services of Memphis

    The mission of Alzheimer's Day Services of Memphis is to help persons with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders live their lives with dignity and respect while providing relief to their caregivers and support for their families. There are ongoing volunteer opportunities, including: activities associate, companion, clutter controller, office apprentice, rations runner, yard guard, and special events. Completion of the volunteer application and background check is required. If you are interested, please contact Katie Redus at (901) 372-4585 or email her at asstdev@alzheimersdayservices.org.

    Business Learning Center Volunteer

    Tutor business and accounting in the Business Learning Center in Fogelman rm 256. BLC hours are Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM. 901-678-3912

    Humane Society/Animal Shelter Volunteering

    For more information on this service opportunity, visit their website to find out how you can get involved: here

    The above current and ongoing service activities are Beta Alpha Psi-endorsed service.

    See the Levels of Distinction page for some examples of matching service and matching professional hours activities, which can be applied toward special distinction status (distinguished, superior, and gold).

    Candidate Info:

    Candidates of Gamma Chi Chapter:

  • Remember to sign in and sign out at every BAP function; this will ensure proper recordkeeping.
  • Check the Service Opportunities page often for new service events!
  • Find resume tips and other useful resources at the Career Services website.
  • Familiarize yourself with good standing requirements and special distinction (distinguished, superior, gold) requirements.
  • Make sure you have paid your chapter dues by the deadlines.

  • Second semester candidates have a required candidate project and short candidate presentation due by the end of the semester.

    1) A candidate project due will be due at the end of your second semester. This project must be completed to be initiated as a member at the end of your second semester in Beta Alpha Psi.

    2) Presentation required to be made by Second Semester Candidates: All second semester candidates are asked to prepare a two-minute presentation about themselves and their experience in Beta Alpha Psi. Click here for the candidate speech guidelines.

    Candidates are required to pay a one-time $100 candidate membership fee in their first semester of BAP and a one-time $75 candidate membership fee in their second semester of BAP. Checks should be made out to Beta Alpha Psi.

    Levels of Distinction

    Levels of Distinction

    Candidates and members who go above and beyond requirements for good standing-- that is, those candidates and members who complete additional community service and professional hours beyond standard requirements are eligible to be recognized at the end of the semester as Distinguished, Superior, or Gold. Please note:

    Distinguished

    9 community service hours; 7 professional hours; and 7 additional service, professional, and matching hours

    Superior

    10 community service hours; 8 professional hours; and 14 additional service, professional, and matching hours

    Gold

    12 community service hours; 10 professional hours; and 28 additional service, professional, or matching hours

    Our Outstanding Candidate at the end of the semester is the candidate who achieved the most total hours.

    NOTE: For good standing and all levels of distinction, at least 2 hours of service must be tutoring (in the Business Learning Center or at an elementary school)

    See table at the bottom of the page.

    Note about matching hours: For every 1 hour of community service outside of Beta Alpha Psi that a candidate or member participates in, this 1 hour counts toward meeting Beta Alpha Psi requirements for special distinction, up to 250 minutes per year.

    For example, if you spend 4 hours volunteering at a local food bank, you can count 4 hours toward Beta Alpha Psi service/additional hour requirements.

    For every 1 hour of professional events and activities a candidate or member participates in, 1 hour counts toward meeting Beta Alpha Psi requirements for good standing or special distinction, up to 250 minutes per year. Examples: TSCPA meetings, MILE meetings, Rotaract and Rotary meetings, Accounting Careers of Tomorrow, Professional Connections, Lunch and Learn series, Toastmasters, Professionalism First, Business Etiquette dinners.

    For example, if you spend 4 hours participating in MILE events, you can count 4 hours toward Beta Alpha Psi professional/additional hour requirements.

    Note: Matching professional minutes can only be applied toward special distinction. They do not count toward meeting good standing requirements to attend at least 6 Beta Alpha Psi meetings (or events) per semester.

    Be sure to get your service form signed at any service or professional events that you want to count toward your matching hours!

    You may find this table helpful:



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