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Beta Alpha Psi Places First At National Competition

Oct. 9, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Lane Fortenberry

Sam Houston State University’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an international honor organization for financial information students and professionals, received first place in leadership development at the 2017 Best Practices Competition, held at the Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California on Aug. 3-5.MHJBP630

The university’s chapter, Kappa Mu, competed against 15 other university chapters.

The leadership development topic focused on the chapter’s service to Huntsville and surrounding areas. Members of the Kappa Mu chapter made FAFSA presentations to high school students and their families to provide the financial knowledge needed to successfully plan for college.

“Last semester, we started the project in an effort to give high school students and their families access to financial information that would help them further their educational pursuits,” said Brenna Pospisil, vice president of community service for Kappa Mu. “We wanted to help by giving them some of the tools necessary to be financially successful in college.” 

The impact on the community and the development of leaders through the service provided were the defining strengths of their project.

Beta Alpha Psi collaborated with the Student Money Management Center and the Huntsville Public Library in this endeavor. The SMMC provided initial training and materials to the Beta Alpha Psi members and support during the community presentations. The Huntsville Public Library provided the location and technical support for the initiative.

“Kappa Mu is an exceptional example of leadership and service,” said Patsy Collin, director of SMMC. “I was extremely impressed with their efforts and delighted; but, not at all surprised that they were selected as superior examples of leadership and leadership development at the national level. They earned and deserved this recognition.”

For more information about Beta Alpha Psi, visit their website.

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