Six members of our Mu Omega chapter - Victoria Mello, Megan McDonald, Michaella Peoples, Whitney Wemett, Michaella Farrell and Katie Morneault - traveled to Washington DC this past weekend to attend the Beta Alpha Psi regional meeting to compete in the "Best Practices" competition sponsored by the professional services firm Deloitte. The competition included some of the most highly regarded AACSB colleges and universities from the Northeast region of the U.S. The students presented in two of the three competitions - Financial Literacy and International Impact - outlining several projects that contributed to the education and professional development of students here on campus this academic year. The team of Farrell, Morneault and Wemett took First Place in a field of 5 universities in the International Impact competition and will go on to the National Competition in Milwaukee, WI this August. McDonald, Mello and Peoples took Third Place in a field of 11 universities doing an equally outstanding job.
The International Impact presentation focused on a year-round project that sought to encourage and prepare accounting majors for Study Abroad opportunities. This year, more than half of our Beta Alpha Psi candidates (juniors) are studying around the world. To enable them to share their experiences and keep in contact with Stonehill, the students set up a Tumblr blog that could be easily viewed on the chapter's website, stonehillbap.org, under the tab "Thoughts From Abroad". They also held a number of meetings providing insights and opportunities to consider while abroad and look to enhance the project for next year following a debriefing session for all next September.
The Financial Literacy presentation focused on sharing with other Beta Alpha Psi chapters how to run an interactive seminar on teaching seniors the key aspects of personal finance and the challenges they may face in the months and years following graduation. The seminar entitled "Lets Talk Money" attracted over 80 students on a Saturday afternoon last February and included a panel of experts in wealth management, tax, insurance, banking and fraud.