How to JoinThe 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.
What are the Scholastic requirements for Candidates?
One of the following MUST be met for Accounting Students:
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
The following MUST be met for MIS students
What are the Attendance and Fee requirements for Candidates?The following are required for all candidates:
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:
How can I be in Good Standing?The following are required in order to be a Candidate or Member in Good Standing:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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).
Candidates of Gamma Chi Chapter:
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
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:
9 community service hours; 7 professional hours; and 7 additional service, professional, and matching hours
10 community service hours; 8 professional hours; and 14 additional service, professional, and matching hours
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!
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