UNK Establishes Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society

Dr. Janet Trewin
accounting/finance associate professor, 308.865.8107

UNK- The University of Nebraska at Kearney has established a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi international honor society and professional organization for accounting, finance and information systems.

According to Dr. Janet Trewin, a UNK accounting and finance professor, UNK was able to establish a Beta Alpha Psi chapter because the UNK College of Business and Technology is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the most prestigious international accrediting organization for business schools. UNK was accredited by AACSB in 2006.

A petition that included a constitution, bylaws, a plan of activities for several years, and a plan for recruiting and retaining members was developed and submitted.

“After our petition was granted, the chapter had two years to fulfill the necessary requirements to become a full-fledged chapter,” Dr. Trewin said. The chapter was first recognized as a full-fledged chapter by Beta Alpha Psi in December. Charter members were installed during special ceremonies in the spring. The Beta Alpha Psi chapter advocate, Dr. Patricia Poli of Fairfield, Conn., presided over the ceremony.

To become a member of Beta Alpha Psi, a student must be an accounting, finance or information systems major, who has completed at least one 300 level course or higher. In addition, the student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, which is a “B” average.

According to Dr. Trewin, Beta Alpha Psi membership is recognized by the accounting profession as a measure of excellence. Students who are members are sought after as potential employees by accounting firms.

Dr. Trewin and Dr. Beverly Frickel, a UNK accounting and finance professor, are the chapter advisers.

The following UNK students have been inducted into the UNK chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. The students are listed alphabetically by their hometown and their chapter position.


GRAND ISLAND– Rachael Rauert
KEARNEY Matthew Bjornsen, president; Heath Frink, Brandon Snodgrass and Joselyn Williams
MILLER– Katherine Cunningham, reporter
OMAHA– Abigail Hughes
RAVENNA Nicole Blaschko
SCHUYLER– Paul Knutson
ST EDWARD– Keri Carder
WAYNE– Wade Jarvi

MT. PLEASANT- William Hayward, treasurer

ANDIJAN Rahima Rahmonova
CHINA– Chuanyao Zheng