Beta Alpha Psi chapter has 'Spirit of Detroit'

June 24, 2010

From left to right, accounting & finance lecturer Marshall Hunt; and accounting majors Ali A. Ali and Margo Souchock stand side by side holding a 'Spirit of Detroit' award

The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s accounting and finance honor society, Beta Alpha Psi, received the Detroit City Council’s "Spirit of Detroit" award recently, which honors people or organizations for an outstanding achievement or service to the residents of Detroit.

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh presented the UM-Dearborn chapter with the honor at the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program dinner last month.

The Beta Alpha Psi students were honored because they provided more than 240 hours of free income tax preparation services for low income families in Detroit through the VITA program, which is overseen by the Accounting Aid Society.  UM-Dearborn’s Beta Alpha Psi students worked alongside tax professionals and other volunteers from many accounting firms and corporations in Metro Detroit.

While several large firms received the "Spirit of Detroit" award, UM-Dearborn’s Beta Alpha Psi was the only college or university to receive the award for its dedication of volunteer service.

Pictured from left are Marshall Hunt, lecturer in accounting and finance; and Ali A. Ali and Margo Souchock, both accounting majors at UM-Dearborn.