by Geoff Larcom, Published October 31, 2013
YPSILANTI – 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 Jan Taylor Morris cited the leadership of accounting professor Howard Bunsis, longtime faculty adviser of the EMU chapter.
"Recognition as a superior chapter is a significant accomplishment," said Taylor Morris. "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. (Professor Bunsis) has provided an invaluable service to your academic institution."
The group enjoys a wide variety of community service and social activities, and includes weekly meetings with potential employers. This year, those have already included firms and companies such as Plante Moran, UHY, Rehmann, Ford, Baker Tilly, Masco, Deloitte, Doeren Mayhew and BDO.
The firms have spoken about resume preparation, how to conduct yourself at an interview, and the environment for professional accountants in Michigan. Speakers from industry leading firms help guide members toward careers in audit and assurance, financial advisory, tax services and information technology.
Bunsis is in his 14th year as faculty adviser, and the chapter has been honored as "superior" each of those years. He said that more than 100 students attended the chapter's first four meetings this semester.
"Achieving superior status is something we are very proud of, and this is due to the incredible dedication of our student leaders and members,” Bunsis said. “The students realize that they are part of something that benefits the University and the community, and these students exemplify what is best at EMU."
The group has already performed more than 600 hours of community service this term, including work on behalf of organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the Walk for Alzheimer’s, Habitat for Humanity, Food Gatherers, and Bortz Health Care.
Social activities this fall semester have included a picnic at the Lakehouse, movie night, and Orchard and Fright Night. For more information on the club, please visit http://www.emich.edu/studentorgs/bap/index.html
"I appreciate Howard's service to our students and the College of Business," said Michael Tidwell, dean of the College of Business. "This student organization serves as an example of the high-quality 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. There are 296 chapters on college and university campuses worldwide, with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation. The website is www.bap.org.