Members of the Mu Gamma chapter of Beta Alpha Psi gather outside the University Student Center.

Mu Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi earns superior status

The USF St. Petersburg Mu Gamma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the honor society for accounting and finance students, has earned superior status by the international organization for the sixth year in a row.

The chapter will receive a $275 award by the KPMG Foundation in recognition of its superior status. Accounting Instructor Patricia A. Gaukel is faculty advisor for the chapter, which was founded six years ago.

“Recognition as Superior Chapter is a significant accomplishment,’’ Beta Alpha Psi President Jan Taylor Morris wrote in announcing the award. “Under the leadership of Patricia Gaukel the Mu Gamma Chapter has far exceeded the baseline requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and has excelled in the areas of academics, professionalism, and leadership.”

“Attaining superior status six years in a row is a particularly impressive accomplishment for a relatively new chapter with only 35 members,” said College of Business Dean Maling Ebrahimpour. “We are very proud of our students and thank Patricia Gaukel for her leadership.”

Vivian Fueyo, interim regional vice chancellor for academic affairs, said the accomplishment reflects the hard work and commitment that is characteristic of the College of Business. “The national recognition of our students by Beta Alpha Psi is the highest praise our dedicated students and their adviser can receive,” she said.

Superior status is awarded by BAP International each year to chapters whose members attain specific goals, including attending a minimum number of professional events and engaging in volunteer work in the community.