Two College of Business Administration clubs committed to professional development and community service have once again distinguished themselves as one of the best student chapters in the nation.
Beta Alpha Psi, an honors club for financial information students who have grade point averages of 3.0 or higher, and Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) received the designation of a superior chapter by their affiliate for the 2009-10 school year.
“It’s a lot of work but it’s a great honor,” says 2010-11 Beta Alpha Psi President Gelton Morada. “We are always trying to get our name out and help put Cal Poly Pomona on the map.”
To be considered a superior chapter, the international organization of Beta Alpha Psi mandates that club chapters demonstrate that they are active in the community and that they help students transition from college to the professional world. The Cal Poly Pomona chapter kicks-off the school year with its signature event, Meet the Firms. This event allows students an opportunity to meet with recruiters from international, national and regional accounting firms before the start of the traditional recruiting season. After Meet the Firms, Beta Alpha Psi members interact with and learn from accounting professionals and CBA alumni on an almost-weekly basis.
The group is also committed to bettering the community and has helped low-income people file their tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and through Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that rehabilitates homes for low-income families and the disabled.
PIHRA is another student club used to success. Eight times in the last nine years, the student chapter has earned the “superior merit” status from its parent organization, the Society for Human Resources Management.
“I am delighted that students leaders have continued PIHRA’s tradition of excellence,” says Cheryl Wyrick, interim associate dean and club advisor. “Over the years, I have seen the positive impact PIHRA has had on students and I look forward to witnessing many more success stories this school year.”
Similar to Beta Alpha Psi, PIHRA invites industry professionals to its weekly club meetings to offer advice for aspiring HR managers. PIHRA members also perform community service by helping in blood drives and toy drives through the Toys for Tots program.
With more than 15 clubs in the College of Business Administration and more 200 organizations throughout the university, there are many opportunities to belong to a club. Being involved in Beta Alpha Psi helped Morada feel more connected to the university, he says. Morada, a fifth-year accounting major set to graduate in the spring, also says he would be concerned about finding a job if he weren’t involved in Beta Alpha Psi.
“By being a part of the club, I get to meet different professionals and it has opened my network,” Morada says. “I kind of feel I already have a foot in the door.”