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Press Release

Anderson Students Use VITA Site to Help Local Nonprofit Organization

April 23, 2002

Accounting students at The Anderson Schools of Management at The University of New Mexico used their Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) site to establish an effective partnership with the IRS and a local nonprofit organization. Members of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honor fraternity for financial information professionals, and students in tax classes at The Anderson Schools prepared approximately 250 individual tax returns for clients of ARCA, which provides job training and literacy skills for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities in the Albuquerque area. The tax filings resulted in thousands of dollars in refunds in the form of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the New Mexico Rebate Credit.

Craig White, faculty advisor for the UNM Beta Alpha Psi chapter, said, “This partnership is a great way for students to put into practice the concepts they have been learning in class and at the same time see a large benefit resulting from their work.” Bernice Carlin, Case Assistant at ARCA added, “The student volunteers did a tremendous job. Their professionalism and accuracy is greatly appreciated and ARCA looks forward to a continuing partnership with Beta Alpha Psi and The Anderson Schools of Management at UNM.” Dolores Herrera, Tax Specialist at the Internal Revenue Service stated, “The contribution made by Beta Alpha Psi and The Anderson Schools is the perfect example of partnership. Both student volunteers and ARCA benefit from this great association.”

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 83 years since its inception.

Professor White wishes to personally thank Brian Barbour, Student Coordinator, and all the other Anderson students who donated their time and enthusiasm to this program.


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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, email, or call (505) 277-6471.