First place Beta Alpha Psi team

YSU accounting students Evan Weaks, Matthew Pollock and Karen Cooper presented “A Path to the Financial Information Profession” as their Best Practices topic.

Evan Weaks, Matthew Pollock and Karen Cooper

Three YSU accounting students placed first in the Best Practices competition at the Beta Alpha Psi Midwest Regional Meeting held in Indianapolis this spring. From left, Evan Weaks of Liberty Center, Matthew Pollock of Lowellville and Karen Cooper of Canfield presented “A Path to the Financial Information Profession” as their Best Practices topic.

This is the third time in four years that YSU BAP students have placed first in this competition.

“Placing first or second for four years in a row in the largest region in the country shows that our students can not only compete with students from any other school, but excel in relation to them,” said Ray Shaffer, a chapter faculty adviser who accompanied five total YSU students at the meeting, along with Wayne Counts, another adviser.

More than 315 students from 38 different colleges were represented at the regional meeting; 12 colleges presented in the Best Practices division, with nine competing in the Helping Others Understand the Financial Information Profession category. Other schools in the YSU students’ Best Practices category included Kent State, Ohio State and the University of Minnesota.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for students majoring in accounting, finance, and information systems. BAP provides opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals and encourages a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Cooper, Weaks and Pollock now qualify to compete at the national Beta Alpha Psi meeting in Denver this August.