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Nov. 10, 2006
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EMU student accounting group receives "superior" status from national organization for eighth straight year

YPSILANTI — For the eighth consecutive year, the Eastern Michigan University College of Business Beta Alpha Psi national honors accounting fraternity has received “superior status” by the fraternity’s national headquarters. 

“This is the highest award granted by the national organization,” said Susan Kattelus, professor and head of EMU’s Department of Accounting and Finance.  “The standard of excellence required to receive this award eight years in a row is an indication of the quality of our students.”

The chapter received a plaque and $500 for scholarships recently during the annual meeting in Washington DC.

With 255 chapters nationwide, the organization annually evaluates chapters on professional development activities for the students, service to the campus and community, and interaction with the profession. Activities include business meetings with accounting and financial practitioners, career development sessions, field trips and a variety of service activities.  Each year, for example, the EMU chapter organizes a volunteer, income tax assistance program for the community and regularly supports the Ronald McDonald House.

“I am extremely proud to be the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi,” said Howard Bunsis, professor of accounting.  “This student organization represents everything we think is important at EMU in terms of developing productive and engaged citizens for the state of Michigan and beyond.  Each and every week, our students listen to professional speakers, get together for social events and, most importantly, perform countless hours of community service activities.  These community service activities include helping Food Gatherers and SOS, as well as preparing income tax returns for low income citizens in the Ypsilanti community. The fact that the students have received a Superior Status award from the national organization for the last eight years is a tribute to our students: they are dedicated, hard-working and excellent ambassadors for Eastern Michigan University.”

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