TAMPA — A team of University of Tampa students took first place in a regional Beta Alpha Psi best practices competition, which was held at the 2014 Beta Alpha Psi Southeast Regional Meeting in Orlando on Feb. 21–22.
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals.
The four students competed in a section focusing on strategic planning. Because the UT team won this regional Beta Alpha Psi competition, they have been invited to compete against the winners of the seven other regions from around the country at the 2014 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Atlanta on Aug. 7–9. UT placed ahead of nine teams representing schools including UCF, USF, LSU, Elon University and University of Mississippi.
The UT team, which met several times a week throughout the last few months to prepare, included James Hanna, Scott Bates, Nicholas Brunner and Joanna Edes. The students were accompanied to the conference by Mary Keener, assistant professor of accounting and the team’s advisor. Keener has served as team advisor for five years.
The competition was sponsored by Deloitte LLP.
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi 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, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.
The University of Tampa is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa. Known for academic excellence, personal attention and real-world experience in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the University serves 7,200 students from 50 states and 130 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and about half of UT students are from Florida.