Beta Alpha Psi Recognizes LIU Post Chapter for Eighth Straight Year
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
Brookville, N.Y. - For the eighth consecutive year, LIU Post’s Beta Alpha Psi Chapter has won the distinguished ‘Superior Status’ ranking from the national Beta Alpha Psi honor society.
The recognition is awarded annually to only the most accomplished of the 300 chapters of the professional association nationwide.
"This recognition demonstrates that students at LIU Post are in the top tier of accounting students nationwide,” said Dr. Christie Comunale, professor of accountancy in LIU Post’s School of Professional Accountancy and founder of the campus society. “Our program offers a wide range of opportunities for students to not only gain career experience and network with professionals from distinguished firms but to also serve our communities.”
Dr. Comunale has served as advisor to Long Island University/LIU Post Accounting Society and Beta Alpha Psi Chapter – Kappa Omicron – since 1999. She has served on the executive board of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants – Suffolk Chapter and is former Chair of its Young CPA Committee.
Founded in 1919, 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. Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation. Each year the society measures the activity of member chapters against specific guidelines for recognition for outstanding performance. A graduated number of hours devoted to Outreach, Community Service and Professional Activities are required to earn different levels of recognition, including Superior Status.
BAP members at LIU Post earn “Service” hours by tutoring fellow students in the accounting program, involving themselves in benefit walks and toy drives, and performing voluntary income tax assistance for low income people. They earn “Outreach” hours by going out to local high schools to talk about their profession, and hosting alumni networking events. Weekly Tuesday meetings with professionals in the field earn them the required “Professional Activity” hours required to earn the Superior Status distinction.
Meeting the standards required for Superior Status is more than earning a gold star to Dr. Comunale -- formerly an auditor at Coopers and Lybrand-- and the accounting students who are member of BAP. "Being an alumnus of a school with a BAP society which consistently earns high honors like this speaks to the educational quality of our curriculum, and the ethical development of our students," she said. "Through this kind of recognition, LIU Post accounting students are gaining entre into a very small world."
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