October 22, 2014 by Amanda Bradford, NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University’s accounting student organization recently won first place in a national best practices competition.
The Delta Lambda chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary accounting fraternity in NMSU’s College of Business, was awarded first place in the category of Leadership in the prestigious Deloitte Best Practices competition at the fraternity’s annual national meeting in Atlanta.
The NMSU chapter faced winners from all eight of the regional meeting competitions for the national title, earning Delta Lambda a first-place trophy and a check for $1,500 from Deloitte LLP, one of the largest professional services networks in the world.
The presenting team of undergraduate and graduate accounting students included Darren Vander Dussen, Milo Lish, Kristen Romney, Alexis Carson, Roger Lilly and Preston Mitchell. A total of 15 students worked on the writing of the material and the presentation.
Lilly, a Master of Accountancy student from Alamogordo, N.M., was president of the organization when preparations for the competition began. He said the entire process was a group effort that relied on the work of many people for its success.
“We were able to go in and compete with some of the best colleges,” Lilly said. “I think that says a lot about the accounting department, the quality of students in the program, and the success we have had as a chapter.”
The presentation highlighted what the Delta Lambda chapter does to develop leaders within the organization.
“Every semester, newly elected officers attend a leadership retreat where they collaborate with professionals to unify the leadership and help hone those skills,” Lilly explained. “We also have a workshop where we bring that experience to campus and have veteran members practice their skills by leading a meeting and mentoring pledges. Being an officer gives students plenty of opportunity to develop as leaders.”
Cindy Seipel, a professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems and the fraternity’s adviser, said she was extremely proud of the team’s hard work – especially considering it was the chapter’s first time taking part in the competition.
“Their preparedness and diligence led to a win over schools such as Brigham Young University and San Diego State University,” Seipel said. “The prize money is a nice bonus, but it was the coming together of the students to succeed on this common goal that was the biggest positive of the experience.”
For more information about the Delta Lambda chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, visit web.nmsu.edu/~bap.