Lambda Chi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi Spring Initiation Ceremony

May 6, 2013  |  by Lauren Agnello

  • The Beta Alpha Psi pledges were taken on April 25.

  • Beta Alpha Psi members, L to R, Jessica Martinez, Ellen Senf, Abbigal Doyle, Sarah Doucette and Jesse Lewandowski

  • Prof. Gattuso, Prof. Aquino, Mr. Soluri and Dr. Ho

On Thursday, April 25, the Niagara University Lambda Chi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi held its initiation ceremony at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara. Beta Alpha Psi is the nonprofit international honorary and service organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students at AACSB- or EQUIS-accredited universities. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. Beta Alpha Psi provides opportunities for development of technical and professional skills to complement university education; participation in community service; and interaction among students, faculty and professionals. To remain in the prestigious honor society, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA as well as meet all requirements, including community service.

Congratulations to the following students that were inducted into Beta Alpha Psi: Sarah Best, Michael Federspiel, Susannah Kushner, Jessica Martinez, Rhiannon McDonell, Alex Nowocien, Megan Patterson, Emily Read, and Ellen Senf. In addition, several current BAP members received their honor cords for graduation: Amber Baker, Caitlin Cima, Kevin Flynn, Hilary King, Sarah Lefevre, Jesse Lewandowski, William Munschauer, and Mark Stamer.

Also inducted were faculty member Steven Gattuso, assistant professor of accounting, and honorary initiate Ronald J. Soluri Sr., CPA, managing director of Freed Maxick CPA’s P.C. Soluri’s main responsibility lies in managing the firm, which consists of four offices, as well as consulting, accounting and auditing. A graduate of Niagara University, Soluri is a member of both the Buffalo chapter of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Said Beta Alpha Psi’s faculty advisor Christopher Aquino, assistant professor of accounting, “Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) welcomed nine new members and said goodbye to eight graduating seniors. In addition, we invited Steve Gattuso, our newest accounting professor, in to the fold and recognized Ron Soluri for all he and his firm, Freed Maxick, have done to advance the ideals of BAP. It was a wonderful event whose outcome will help to strengthen the NU chapter of BAP for years to come.”

Along with inducting new students, Beta Alpha Psi has been very busy this semester providing technical events for students to attend which emphasize expanding their knowledge of accounting, finance, management systems and ethics. Accounting technicals included Nick Dentice from Becker presenting on the CPA exam and Jesse Gasbarro from Freed Maxick CPA P.C. discussing what it is like to work at Freed Maxick. Kenneth Blazik from the Horizon Group and Amanda Torrelli and Ryan O’Connor from Northwestern Mutual, and Geoffrey McDermid from Mass Mutual Financial Group discussed their careers as financial advisors along with different career opportunities in the field. Other technicals included Tyra Johnson of Blue Sky Design presenting on sustainability and David Stacey from Mass Mutual Financial Group discussing interview and resume writing tips.