by Geoff Larcom, Published October 07, 2010
The Eastern Michigan University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national accounting honors organization, has been recognized as a superior chapter for the past academic year.
In a letter announcing the honor, Beta Alpha Psi president Teresa Conover cited the leadership of accounting professor Howard Bunsis, faculty advisor of the EMU chapter.
"Recognition as a superior chapter is a significant accomplishment," said Conover. "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.
"As faculty advisor for the chapter, Howard Bunsis has provided an invaluable service to your academic institution."
The group will perform a collective total of more than 1,000 hours of community service this term, including work on behalf of organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Food Gatherers, Meals on Wheels and Ronald McDonald House.
The group also enjoys social activities and has weekly meetings with potential employers, which this year have already included Deloitte and Touche, the Rehmann Group and Plante Moran.
Bunsis is in his 11th year as faculty advisor, and the chapter has been honored as "superior" each of those years.
"I am blessed to have wonderful student leaders," Bunsis said. "I feel fortunate to be associated with these students every year."
Bunsis said that a record 155 people attended the chapter's first meeting this semester.
The energy and enthusiasm that our students display is uplifting," he said. "We are excited for another great year."
Said Dave Mielke, dean of the College of Business: "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. 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.