TAMPA — A team of nine University of Tampa students took first and second place in two of three categories in the regional Beta Alpha Psi Best Practices Competition, which was held at the 2016 Beta Alpha Psi Southeast Regional meeting in Birmingham on Feb. 27–28.
Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals.
The UT team that earned first place topped teams from Auburn University, Elon University, the University of South Florida, the University of Memphis, the University of Central Florida and others. UT has been invited to compete against winning teams from around the country at the Beta Alpha Psi annual meeting in Baltimore on Aug. 4–6. The team includes Brent Caramanica ’16, Lucie Matulikova ’16, Ryan Skaletsky ’16 and Yafeng Zhang M.S. ’16.
The team that earned second place includes Caramanica, Carly Cantelmo ’16, Morgan Flannery ’16, Kelly Moore ’17 and Adam Zaki ’16.
The students were accompanied to the conference by their faculty advisor of eight years, Associate Professor of Accounting Mary Keener. “We again had students and faculty from schools throughout the Southeast talking about how great UT’s students are,” she said.
The competition was sponsored by Deloitte LLP.
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 8,037 students from 50 states and 140 countries. Approximately 65 percent of full-time students live on campus, and more than half of UT students are from Florida.