2020/2021 Beta Alpha Psi Events

To Friends of MTSU's Accounting Program:

We are excited to share details on our 2020/2021 Beta Alpha Psi events. All planning during this COVID-19 pandemic is driven by our desire to best serve our students and their future employers while protecting the health of everyone involved. With this goal in mind, we will host our highly successful signature recruiting events again this year, albeit in a different format and on a different schedule than in prior years.

The first event, Meet the Firms, kicks off our recruiting season on Thursday, September 10, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. This year’s event will be held virtually and hosted through Handshake, Middle Tennessee State University’s new career and job posting platform. We invite you to participate by setting up virtual one-on-one recruiting sessions with students, informational group presentations, or a combination of both, to share opportunities related to full-time employment, internships, and leadership conferences. As a Meet the Firms participant, you will receive an electronic Resume Book containing resumes for Beta Alpha Psi members. Additional event details are provided below.

The second event, Battle for the BAP Cup annual golf outing, normally held in late September, is tentatively scheduled for Friday, April 23, 2021, health conditions permitting. We view this new timing as an exciting way to close out the academic year while providing a great networking opportunity in advance of summer internships and leadership programs. Additional registration and logistical details will be provided this coming spring, once plans for the event have been finalized.

Meet the Firms and Battle for the BAP Cup are the two most significant activities our chapter hosts. Proceeds from these events help pay our operating costs and our members’ travel to regional and national meetings. Your financial contribution makes these and other crucial activities possible and, in turn, enables us to better prepare students for professional careers. Although the format of Meet the Firms and the timing of our golf outing are changing this year due to COVID-19, the needs of our students and the resulting operating budget of our chapter are largely unaffected. For these reasons, we will maintain the same registration fees as in prior years. We remain grateful to you and thank you for your continued support!

Because Meet the Firms and Battle for the BAP Cup will occur in different semesters, we will collect fees for the two events separately, a departure from our process in previous years. The $200 Meet the Firms registration fee will be collected this fall. Golf fees for organizations entering a participating team (+$350) or a tournament sponsor team (+$650) will be collected as part of the formal golf outing registration process next spring.

While your financial support is important, your interaction with our students is invaluable. We invite you to make a presentation at one of our Beta Alpha Psi meetings, which are held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. The BAP Chapter Presentation Request Form contains additional information; please use it to indicate your interest in speaking to our chapter. We very much look forward to working with you in the upcoming academic year.

2020 Meet The Firms

Who: Accounting Firms and Other Organizations that Hire Our Graduates and MTSU Accounting Students
When: Thursday, September 10, 2020, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Online; facilitated by the MTSU Career Development Center and Handshake

MTF Overview
Meet the Firms (MTF) is MTSU’s premiere recruiting event of the year. Beta Alpha Psi sponsors the event, and all accounting majors and recent accounting graduates are invited. The well-attended event will provide the opportunity for you to meet numerous potential employees before finalizing your future interview decisions. This year’s career fair will take place via Handshake, a virtual career platform recently adopted by MTSU that will also be used to schedule and facilitate virtual interviews with MTSU students.

MTF Registration
The registration fee for MTF is $200, and you may use the link provided here to sign up and pay for the event. Event registration will remain open through September 4, 2020. After registering, you will receive notice from the Career Development Center that your registration has been processed.

To best facilitate our receipt of payment, we ask that you pay online using PayPal (either a debit/credit card or a PayPal account may be used). Specific payment instructions are provided in the online event registration details. Be sure to include your firm email address in the PayPal “Email” field so that we may match payment to your registration. Please contact Sara Musgrove at sara.musgrove@mtsu.edu should you need to make alternative payment arrangements.

MTF Scheduling 
After your registration has been processed, you will have the opportunity to begin creating your MTF schedule. Additional guidance is available in Handshake, but please note the following details for purposes of planning your participation:

• Each employer will have the opportunity to invite up to 15 members of your recruiting team to participate in the event.

• Each employer will have the opportunity to schedule ten-minute one-on-one sessions with students (this standard length can be adjusted to fit your specific needs) and as many as three 30-minute group sessions (capped at 50 participants, including the recruiting team), if desired.

• Each employer will have the opportunity to set student preferences for one-on-one sessions and limit student registration based on desired criteria for applicants.

• Chat and video options will both be available day of event to accommodate employer and student communication preferences.