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FIRST PLACE HONORS FOR ANDERSON SCHOOL BETA ALPHA PSI

March 17, 2011

FIRST PLACE HONORS FOR ANDERSON SCHOOL BETA ALPHA PSI
(Albuquerque, NM) It was a first place finish for members of UNM's Beta Alpha Psi Theta Xi Chapter at the 2011 Southwest Regional Beta Alpha Psi meeting in Dallas. Beta Alpha Psi is the honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals at the UNM Anderson School of Management.

The Anderson students earned top honors for their presentation entitled Leveraging Technology: Bridging the Gap between Program and Practice in the Best Practices category under Innovate: The Accountants Role in a Changing Business Environment.

The project team developed an innovative forum for presenting technology skills to students. They found that as businesses are relying more on social media and other technological advances, the need for an adaptive academic program has grown increasingly important. Practical knowledge of advanced Microsoft Office skills and select industry tools are vital for our accounting graduates. They hope the program will give students an edge in this rapidly changing business environment.

Members of the UNM Beta Alpha Psi presenting group were joined by members of next year's officer team and their faculty advisor, Dr. Craig White. Chapters from New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana took part in the regional competition.

Anderson Accounting Chair Craig White says the first place finish by UNM is an impressive win.

"I think the judges were impressed with UNM's Beta Alpha Psi students taking an active role in identifying and further developing skills that will make them even more marketable in today's changing business environment."

The team will go on to compete at the national Beta Alpha Psi Annual Conference in Denver, CO in August.

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