Twelve University of Central Arkansas accounting students traveled to Houston, Texas, on March 4-5 to represent the Theta Lambda chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at the 2016 regional meeting. 

Beta Alpha Psi is an organization for financial information students and professionals with 300 chapters on college and university campuses. 

The Theta Lambda chapter is identified as a superior chapter by the organization for its commitment to professional and service hours. Highlights from our trip include the following:  

1. First Place for Good or Great Best Practices Competition

UCA Students Melissa McDowell, Denise Nim, Parker Somerfield and Alyson Tyler presented how our officers and members strive for greatness in chapter events and activities. The first place finish (against eight other universities) qualifies UCA to compete with other regional winners at the national meeting in Baltimore this August.

2. Professional Activities

The four UCA presenting students from above, as well as UCA students Ginette Aka, Eveline Dembele, Emelyn Djoké, Dallas Forbes, Anastasiya Klimiankova, Tyler Rogers, Zoë Strickert, and Kevin Wan attended many beneficial presentations, sessions, and panel discussions which focused on professional development, ethical behavior, leadership skills, service, and professional networking, which were led by BAP professional partners and alumni. The keynote address was given by Dan Gilliam, Internal Audit Manager, Phillips 66.

3. Friendships and Fun

The students had a great time meeting representatives from other universities. Friendships were formed during the meeting itself and during free time in Houston. 

The UCA Accounting Department and Beta Alpha Psi chapter thanked BKD, LLP for generous contributions to our department that allows our students to travel to conferences each year.

Without this support, our participation in these activities would be severely limited.

For more information, contact faculty advisers Stephanie Watson (; 501.450.5311) or Connie McKnight (; 501.450.5076).