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August 24, 2006

Chapter wins awards, serves homeless

The Eta Sigma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an organization for financial information students and professionals, represented ULM well at an international conference in Washington, D.C., Aug. 2-5.

Six ULM accounting majors, accompanied by advisor Patti Roshto, attended the event.

While in the D.C. area, the group prepared lunches for 500 homeless people, gathered toiletry bags for 250 people and prepared school supply bags for 250 students. They also prepared school supply bags for 500 students in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area.

The experience was rewarding, said ULM student Charles Johnson.

 "We got a chance to meet members from other chapters, but the most rewarding  experience was sewing the bags by hand that were used for the school supplies and toiletries. The effort put in to making those bags was more meaningful than simply putting the items in a paper bag."

The chapter was also recognized for achieving the level of Superior in the Program for Chapter Activities during the 2005-2006 year. The chapter amassed over 900 hours of professional and service time.  

Participants include: Charles Johnson, president, Covington; Nicia Mercer, administrative vice president, Columbia; Heather Allotto, vice president of programs/services, Monroe;  Katie Garlington, assistant vice president for Programs/Services, Monroe; Beau Bordelon, Treasurer, Marksville and pledge Brian Evans, Shreveport.

Beta Alpha Psi recognizes 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.

Currently there are 263 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation in 1919.

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