Samford’s Brock School of Business’ Beta Alpha Psi Chapter, Kappa Psi, receives international Superior Chapter recognition


The Board of Directors of the national Beta Alpha Psi recently announced that Samford’s Brock School of Business Kappa Psi chapter has received International recognition as a Superior Chapter. The chapter is under the faculty advisor leadership of Professor Sharon Jackson.
In a letter to Dean Howard Finch, the organization’s national President Mary Stone of the University of Alabama noted that under Jackson’s leadership the Brock School’s chapter has far exceeded the minimum requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism and leadership.  
“I want to congratulate Professor Jackson for her leadership with the Kappa Psi chapter,” said Dean Howard Finch.  “This important recognition is a real testament to the quality of our accounting programs and the outstanding students here at the Brock School.”
Samford’s Beta Alpha Psi, Kappa Psi Chapter was installed in 2002, and there currently are 27 active members.  At the Annual Meeting in Denver this past summer, four Brock School students Joel Rogers, Justin Rogers, Aundrea Olszewski and Sarah Boehmig presented a program on "Key Drivers for Successful Small Chapters."  In addition, Reena Patel applied and was chosen to participate in a competition called Project Run With It,  which  is held annually.  Sixty student members are chosen each year to participate in teams of four to develop solutions to real life business problems of actual not-for-profit agencies. The participating teams work on one of three projects and Reena's team worked on the Denver Shared Space Project whose goal is to create multi-tenant non-profit centers.  After working together intensely for a day and a half and then presenting a formal presentation showcasing their solution to a panel of judges, Reena's team was chosen as the winner for the Shared Space Project.  There were more than 1,000 students at the annual meeting.  Reena's team members were from the University of South Florida, St. Pete, the University of Tampa and the University of Washington.

It is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.
About the Brock School of Business at Samford University: The renaming of the Samford School of Business to the Brock School of Business in December 2007 is the latest in a long history of achievements for business education at Samford, which has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business. Alabama’s first part-time master of business administration degree program was established at Samford, and the first MBA degrees were awarded in 1967. There are more than 500 students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs and the M.B.A. and master of accountancy graduate degrees.  The business school was fully accredited by AACSB International in 1999 and reaccredited in 2010, a recognition earned by less than five percent of business schools worldwide.  The US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, in 2010, named the Brock School of Business the best new entrepreneurship program in the nation.