Stonehill Accounting Program Garners Multiple Awards

August 14, 2017


Stonehill's Mu Omega chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the international financial information honors society for students and professionals, was among just ten colleges and universities receiving Gold Chapter honors at last week’s Annual Meeting, held in Anaheim, CA. This year’s chapter president Ryan Peck ’18 joined Joe Conti ’18, Kara Sullivan ’19, and Janine Murray ’19 at the meeting to accept the award.

GOLD HONORS

The ten chapters selected came from a pool of just 33 institutions that qualified by the end of the academic year. There are 320 chapters in the Beta Alpha Psi organization, from leading AACSB accredited business schools, including a number from Australia and New Zealand.

“The chapter had a productive year in 2016-17 thanks to some truly great students”, said senior Ryan Peck. “Thanks to the hard work and commitment of Joe Conti and Justin Daly ’18, we were able to summarize the year in a 5 minute video that the professional-practice judges clearly liked.”

FIRST-PLACE IN LEADERSHIP

Stonehill was also honored with two additional awards. The chapter received first place honors in the Ernst & Young Annual Inclusive Leadership Competition for its symposium last spring entitled, “Settle For More – What Matters Most In Choosing An Employer.” The panel event included alums Colleen Simms ’00 of PwC, Kate Ferrara ’97 and Lauren Jackson ’06 of Deloitte and Dan Farley ’92 of State Street Global Advisors who led the discussion on favorable corporate policy trends for women and families. Over 130 students were in attendance and actively participated in the event.

“None of this would have been possible without the tireless efforts of Alexandra Esposito ’17 who led the research, idea formation and execution of the project”, said Peck. Esposito is currently studying for the CPA exam and will join PwC later this year in New York City.

ETHICS BY EXAMPLE

The College was also honored by the accounting firm, Grant Thornton, as the winner of its 2017 Ethics Award for the chapter-led symposium entitled “The Path to the Good Life”, which explored comparative thinking by different academic departments around campus on challenging ethical or moral dilemmas.

The objective was to evaluate the consistency of ethical thinking among the different departments and its students. Facilitated by BAP graduates Mike Abrahamian ’17, Kimberly Purisky ’17, and Kayla McNulty ’17, the event was attended by over 80 students from various majors.

The chapter extends its special thanks to the faculty panel that included Professors Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal (Criminology), Bettina Sholz (Political Science), Constantinos Mekios (Philosophy), and John Duggan (Business Administration). According to Peck, “It was a terrific evening with incredibly interesting discussions on relevant topics that you might not get the chance to discuss in class.”

RUNNING WITH IT

In addition, senior Ryan Peck become the first Stonehill student to participate in “Project Run With It”, an event that runs alongside the annual meeting and offers participants the opportunity to engage in a real-world consulting project. Just 72 students are selected to participate in the program.

Peck had the privilege of working with three other students from around the country to address a particular challenge for the Laguna Canyon Foundation, a nonprofit environmental enterprise dedicated to preserving, protecting, enhancing and promoting south coast wilderness in Southern California. Students get less than 48 hours to research, evaluate, analyze, prepare and present solutions to an executive committee from the non-profit and BAP professional partners. “It was a great experience” said Peck. “I plan to share the details with the chapter and encourage candidates from this year’s class to apply for next year’s event in Washington D.C.”

MORE ON BAP

The Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting attracts more than 1,000 students and over 1,200 attendees that include faculty and members of the accounting profession. The meeting offers numerous professional development and community service opportunities for attendees including the BAP International Day of Literacy, a daylong community service project where students attending the meeting volunteer in underserved communities, sharing the benefits of reading and education. Since its launch in 2013 and sponsored by KPMG and the KPMG Foundation, BAP has given out nearly 16,000 books during these events.

Learn more about Stonehill’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter at their website, www.stonehillbap.org.