by Geoff Larcom, Published October 10, 2011
The Eastern Michigan University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national accounting honors organization, has been recognized internationally as a superior chapter for the past academic year.
In a letter announcing the honor, Beta Alpha Psi president Mary Stone cited the leadership of accounting professor Howard Bunsis, faculty advisor of the EMU chapter.
"Recognition as a superior chapter is a significant accomplishment," said Stone. "Under the leadership of Howard Bunsis, the Epsilon Omega Chapter has far exceeded the minimum requirements of Beta Alpha Psi, and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership."
The group enjoys a wide variety of community service and social activities, and has weekly meetings with potential employers. This year those have already included Deloitte and Touche, the Rehmann Group and Plante & Moran.
The firms have spoken about resume preparation, how to conduct yourself at an interview, and the environment for professional accountants in Michigan.
"These meetings are tremendous opportunities for our students to interact with the professionals in their field," Bunsis said.
Bunsis is in his 12th year as faculty advisor, and the chapter has been honored as "superior" each of those years. He said that more than 120 students attended the chapter's first four meetings this semester.
"This continues the strong support and interest our students demonstrate in the
accounting profession, as well as in helping the community," Bunsis said.
The group has already performed more than 100 hours of community service this term, including work on behalf of organizations such as Meals on Wheels and Ronald McDonald House.
"These students are outstanding," Bunsis said. "Our officers are completely dedicated to the organization and to EMU. They are what makes our organization a success."
Social activities have included a kickoff party at the Lakehouse and playing Whirlyball with accountants from the firm of Baker Tilly. The club also plans to wade through a corn maze and dress up for Halloween.
"I appreciate Howard's service to our students and the College of Business, along with the success that he has helped bring to the chapter," said Dave Mielke, dean of the College of Business. "This organization is an example of the quality of students we bring to the College of Business, as well as the professional development opportunities available."
Beta Alpha Psi, founded in 1919, is headquartered in Durham, NC. The website is www.bap.org.