UW Bothell Beta Alpha Psi Team Wins National Competition

August 21, 2012

CONTACT: Laura Mansfield, (425)352-5406,  lmans@uw.edu

Bothell, Wash. – The UW Bothell chapter of Beta Alpha Psi placed first in the national competition at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Baltimore on August 3, 2012. The national conference hosts approximately 1,000 students from prominent universities across the U.S. to engage in community service, attend professional sessions, and compete in a variety of projects.

The UW Bothell team presented a consulting project on modernizing accounting systems and internal account controls for the American Legion Post, a Snohomish veteran’s services non-profit organization. The team’s presentation won the National Best Practices event under the category “Strategies for Dealing with Change.”

“This team put in countless hours of hard work on the project itself, and then spent several hours every day leading up to the conference preparing their presentation,” says Ron Tilden, faculty advisor. Students on the winning team were JC Hauchecorne, Chris Harbert, James Forinash, and Caroline Boktour.

Prior to the competition, students participated in a community service event coordinated between Beta Alpha Psi and the City of Baltimore. “Project Homeless” matched students with clients to help them obtain health, human services, housing, food, and financial assistance. Students interviewed their clients and served as “personal shoppers” for finding services most relevant to their clients.

The work of Beta Alpha Psi represents UW Bothell’s focus on excellence in scholarship and public service. Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals founded in 1919. Beta Alpha Psi’s work includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning.For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.