BAP chapter wins award

October 7, 2010

Elise Dismer

PEORIA, Il. -- Bradley’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the international honorary organization for accounting majors, took the gold at the BAP annual meeting in San Jose this summer.

Bradley’s BAP division received one of only ten Gold Chapter Awards, the highest honor a chapter can receive.

According to the BAP website, this award is given only to those chapters that epitomize the values of Beta Alpha Psi: leadership, scholastic success, lifelong learning and development, service, and ethical behavior.

Every year, the KPMG Foundation presents the Gold Chapter Awards – which include the sum of $2,500 – to up to 15 out of 270 chapters.  This is the second consecutive year that Bradley’s BAP chapter has achieved this level of recognition.

Justin Knobeloch, the President of BAP, revealed what the group plans on doing with the prize money:

“Last year, we donated a portion of the award to Race for the Cure, and we plan to donate some of this year's award to charity as well,” Knobeloch said. “We will use the remaining amount to keep our annual membership dues low and to fund BAP events to further improve our chapter.”

To receive this honor, students had to create a 10-minute video, which illustrated the group’s promotion of ethical behavior in the community and its ability to improve over the year. 

The video showcased many professional meetings sponsored by the BAP chapter. Some of these speakers – who actually exposed corporate fraud in their respective companies – addressed the importance of ethical management and behavior in the workplace.

The video further emphasized the ways in which the chapter improved.  The goals of the group were to become better acquainted with its members, organize more successful service events, and enhance participation in BAP regional events.

To improve interaction, the chapter invited LINCS, another Bradley student organization that highlights the value of cooperation, to lead team-building exercises.

The students also volunteered in many Peoria Park District events, such as March Madness and the annual Easter egg hunt.

Then, at the 2010 BAP Midwest Regional Meeting, Bradley’s chapter competed in the Best Practices competition and won first place.

All of these components, illustrated in the video, showed why Bradley deserved the Gold Chapter Award.

According to Knobeloch, the chapter’s hard work definitely paid off.

“It feels gratifying to be part of an organization that promotes and rewards professionalism and social responsibility,” Knobeloch said.