Zeta Sigma Chapter of BETA ALPHA PSI Meetings

National Meeting

In August 2015, Ashley Patterson, Payton Sartin, Najjuwah Walden, and Riyadh White  attended the Beta  Alpha Psi Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI.  Najjuwah Walden represented the chapter in the Project Run With It competition (PRWI).  Naj was one of 72 students selected internationally to compete in the PRWI case competition.  PRWI develops three cases based on real-world Not-For-Profit Organizations (NFP’s) each year.  The 72 students are organized into teams of four.  They meet for the first time at the conference and for two days they develop recommendations for the NFP’s.  Naj’s case related to the Sojourner Family Peace Center that addresses domestic violence situations.  Students presented proposals dealing with how to effectively provide the cost of domestic violence to for-profit businesses to CFO’s and CEO’s in a manner that they can understand.  Six teams competed with their recommendations.  Ms. Najjuwah Walden’s team placed first in the Project Run With It (PRWI) case competition.  Aggie Pride! 

Ms. Ashley Patterson and Ms. Payton Sartin won first place in the International Impact Category of the Best Practices competition at the 2015 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI.  They presented the Zeta Sigma chapter’s partnership with the Doris Henderson Newcomers School.  The chapter has competed in Best Practices every year since 2012.  Zeta Sigma chapter placed third in 2012 at the Southeast Regional Meeting and second in 2013 and 2014.  The first place winners at the Regional Meeting compete at the Annual Meeting.  There are nine regions and this year the chapter competed against Sam Houston State University, Stonehill College, University of Iowa, University of Southern California, The University of Sydney – Australia, University of Washington, and Utah State University.

On Thursday, August 6th, Dr. Owens-Jackson,  Ashley Patterson, Payton Sartin, and Riyadh White worked with over 900 Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisors and chapter members to distribute books at Milwaukee area Elementary Schools and Community Centers.  Sponsored by KPMG LLP, KPMG Foundation, Beta Alpha Psi and the United Way of Milwaukee, the event was held at various schools, boys and girls clubs, and community centers throughout central Milwaukee.  The students and faculty advisors completed geography-related activities with small groups of students, read to classes, and distributed age-appropriate free books to all participating children.  

The  Zeta Sigma Chapter is planning a similar event with the Doris Henderson Newcomers School in Greensboro, NC in September 2015.  The event is sponsored by KPMG Foundation and First Book.  During the day long event over 60 students, faculty, and staff from North Carolina A&T State University will volunteer in classes and donate books to the over 250 children at the Newcomers school.  This event will be a part of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants Annual Day of Service Events.  It will also be one  of the 125 Service Projects sponsored and supported by A&T during the 125th Anniversary Celebration.

During the final day of conference events, Payton Sartin and Riyadh White made an operations presentation on the topic of “Giving Back to the Community.”  They discussed the many service activities of the chapter including tutoring in SOBE courses, volunteering at Newcomers School, teaching SAT Prep at Providence Baptist Church, and participating in community events like “Trunk or Treat” and “Crop Walk.” Payton and Riyadh did an outstanding job and were asked several questions by other chapter members and advisors.  It was acknowledged that the amount of service completed by the Zeta Sigma chapter is extraordinary considering the chapter’s size. 




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