About BAP at Virginia Tech…
Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. There are now 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi’s formation. The Gamma Lambda chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at Virginia Tech was formed in 1967. Since then, this student organization has grown tremendously and is widely known as one of the top organizations around campus. Virginia Tech’s Beta Alpha Psi is extremely proud of its hardworking students, knowledgeable faculty advisors, and very successful alumni. The image to the left is an aerial view of campus in 1967.
Academics, Integrity, Camaraderie…
Due to the fact Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization, all members are both bright and intelligent. Acknowledging the fact that the financial information profession can be ethically challenging, we highly promote ethics and integrity to all our members. We also realize that helping others succeed often leads to our own success, so we encourage a healthy environment for camaraderie to flourish.
Philanthropy, Community, Service…
Beta Alpha Psi is an organization that is not only committed to its members, but also its surrounding communities. Thus, we strongly encourage all members to contribute to the community through service and philanthropy. Virginia Tech’s Beta Alpha Psi is highly integrated in the campus community through participation in Relay for Life, the Big Event, and several other activities.
The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.
- promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems,
- providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals,
- and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.
Beta Alpha Psi is governed by a constitution and bylaws.
The national governing body is the Board of Directors.
Beta Alpha Psi gains a portion of its annual budget from a charter maintenance fee and a one-time initiation fee.
Although there are other minor revenues from royalties and interest on investments, the bulk of the receipts come from contributions from industry, consulting and professional service firms.
The emblem of Beta Alpha Psi denotes the promise of careers for financial information professionals. The rising sun signifies these professional positions as rising ever higher among economic activities. The crossed keys symbolize knowledge as a means of opening the doors of the financial world. The letters Beta, Alpha, and Psi denote scholarship, social responsibility, and practicality, respectively.