Zeta Sigma Chapter of BETA ALPHA PSI Meetings
In August 2012, Jewel Livingston attended the Beta Alpha Psi National Conference in Baltimore, MD and represented the chapter in the Project Run With It competition. This was also Dr. Lisa Owens-Jackson first national meeting as the faculty advisor for the Zeta Sigma Chapter. Miss Livingston had the opportunity to work with three other individuals from different schools for the PRWI case competition. The purpose of the case competition was to come up with a financial plan to help a not-for-profit organization decrease their expenses while increasing their revenues. The case allowed Miss Livingston and her team to collaborate and supply the not-for-profit organization with some ideas and plans. In addition to being an excellent opportunity to work with others, Miss Livingston’s team also placed first in the competition. Aggie Pride!
Dr. Owens-Jackson worked with over 900 Beta Alpha Psi faculty and chapter members to assist in Project Homeless Connect. Project Homeless Connect is a tactic of The Journey Home: Baltimore’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, which aims to make homelessness rare and brief for the thousands of Baltimore City residents who go without a place to sleep each night. Beta Alpha Psi members collected and donated over 10,000 pounds of food to the cause. Sponsored by KPMG LLP, KPMG Foundation, Beta Alpha Psi and the United Way of Central Maryland, the event was held at the M&T Bank Stadium and served nearly 1,100 participants in need of services. Services included:
- medical and dental care
- financial assistance
- housing and employment information
- identification cards
- legal consultations
- résumé assistance
On February 22, 2013, eight Beta Alpha Psi members and two initiates traveled to Nashville, TN to attend the 2013 Southeast Regional Conference. At the conference, members were given a chance to network with professionals and other student Beta Alpha Psi members.
The Zeta Sigma chapter was one of only three chapter to compete in all three Best Practices presentations. This was the first year the chapter competed in all Best Practice categories and the second year participating in the competition overall. Sponsored by Deloitte, this year’s Best Practice categories included Innovation, Imagination, and Inspiration. Audrey Bostic, Janella Harrell, and Jewel Livingston presented the True Colors Team Building Skills Program in the Innovation category. Peter Akinleye, Shernelia Cooper, and Hassan Lamot presented on how they inspired high school students through the Department of Accounting and Finance’s high school ambassadors program in the Inspiration category.
Joshua Hill, Tevin Milton, and Adrianne Bostic presented on the various ways to help students improve their writing skills through the Read ‘Em Weep writing policy. They placed second in the Imagination category. All teams worked hard and represented the Zeta Sigma Chapter well. Josh Hill serviced as a panelist and Dr. Lisa Owens-Jackson facilitated a session entitled, “How to be an Efficient Reporting Secretary.”
At the conference, the Zeta Sigma chapter was chosen to co-host the 2014 Southeast Regional Conference in Orlando, FL!