by Melissa Ardery, Published October 25, 2012
The Eastern Michigan University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national accounting honors organization, participated in the Alzheimer's Association's "Walk to End Alzheimer's" in Ann Arbor October 14. It is the largest nationwide event to raise awareness and funds about the progressive disease.
Approximately 55 EMU students, along with faculty adviser Howard Bunsis, participated in the 1.5 mile walk at Gallup Park. The students raised $2,600 for the Alzheimer's cause, and were acknowledged as the fourth highest fundraising team participating in Ann Arbor's event.
"As a club, we feel it's really important to give back to the community," says Kristen Gregory, Beta Alpha Psi's vice president for community service. "We decided to participate in the "Walk to End Alzheimer's" in order to support a foundation working to end a disease that has affected the families and friends of many members of our club."
Beta Alpha Psi at EMU is an internationally recognized chapter that strives for excellence in academics, professionalism and leadership. Their goal is to promote the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems. They also encourage members to get involved in community service, and to develop a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.
"Last semester, we had 100 members complete more than 1,900 service hours, including work with Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Habitat for Humanity, Food Gatherers, Bortz Healthcare, and the American Red Cross," says Gregory.
Beta Alpha Psi was founded in 1919. There are approximately 296 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation. Beta Alpha Psi is headquartered in Durham, NC. Their website is www.bap.org.