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VOLUNTEER WORK IS SECOND-NATURE TO STUDENT ORGANIZATION

April 20, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE – Beta Alpha Psi, the national honor fraternity for financial information professionals at The Anderson Schools of Management at The University of New Mexico, puts improving the community first on their agenda.

Over the past year, this busy student organization has organized food and pajama drives, registered participants for a fundraising walk, and, most recently, helped people in need file their taxes.

Beta Alpha Psi filed tax returns this year for nearly 150 clients of the Albuquerque Retired Citizens Association (ARCA). They also coordinated a VITA (Volunteers in Tax Assistance) site on campus and helped more than 60 students and community members complete their tax returns. This was also the first year they extended their services to the people of Pueblo Pintado in Cuba, NM.

Craig White, Professor of Accounting and Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor, said he was really proud of his students. “This is not something that they have to do, but they are getting out into the community and are really making a difference. It’s something we can all appreciate,” he said.

Joan Camera, an accounting major in the BBA program and a member of Beta Alpha Psi, said that volunteer service is “a great way to help your community and a nice way to meet people. It always feels good inside when you help someone.”

Last year the fraternity ran a pajama drive for the children at the All Faiths Receiving Home and collected more than 1400 pounds of food for the Roadrunner Foodbank. They also registered participants in the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk and provided them with snacks and water along the route.

Beta Alpha Psi is a national fraternity that encourages and recognizes scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. The organization was founded in 1919 and has since grown to nearly 230 chapters on college campuses across the country with over 230,000 members initiated in the 82 years since its inception. Last year UNM’s chapter received national recognition as “Most Improved Chapter.”

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The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit www.mgt.unm.edu, email info@mgt.unm.edu, or call (505) 277-6471.

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