“Double Play Day” Isn’t Just Another Day at the Ballpark for Beta Alpha Psi

Published on April 19, 2008
Members of Beta Alpha Psi mingle with a representative from El Paso Corporation in the Champions Room at Minute Maid Park.

Members of Beta Alpha Psi mingle with a representative from El Paso Corporation in the Champions Room at Minute Maid Park.

Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honor society for students at the UH C. T. Bauer College of Business, hit a homerun with their “Double Play Day” event at the Houston Astros game on April 18, 2008. The event provided a networking, community service and social opportunity for members and their corporate sponsors.

Sponsors from different firms including Deloitte, Shell and PricewaterhouseCoopers helped finance the event and had representatives present at the game. “This is really the first event that ties together the three legs of the organization – professional, community service and social,” said Dr. Jim Stinson, accounting professor and Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor.

Before the game, members of Beta Alpha Psi listened to a lecture from Pam Gardner, President of Business Operations for the Astros and the highest ranking female executive in professional sports.

Beta Alpha Psi members meet Pam Gardner, President of Business Operations for the Astros, at the organization's Double Play Day.

Beta Alpha Psi members meet Pam Gardner, President of Business Operations for the Astros, at the organization’s Double Play Day.

Gardner stressed the importance of being creative in finance to solve problems and create new revenue. “The most creative people can be finance people; they just have to be as creative as possible,” she said. “The more creative you can be the stronger a company you can be.”

Firm representatives and students then had a chance to mingle, eat and network in the Champions Room at Minute Maid Park before cheering on the Astros during their home game against the Colorado Rockies. The organization also accepted used baseball items for RBI Houston, a non-profit group that holds clinics and provides equipment and scholarships to underprivileged youth in the Houston area.

“This is really terrific,” said Brett Hobby, assistant director of employer services and recruitment for Rockwell Career Center. “This says a lot about a student organization. It is unique because students are mixing and mingling with corporate partners the whole time.”

With a combination of networking, a good Houston Astros game and catered food, the sponsors agreed that Beta Alpha Psi hit it out of the ballpark. “This is a good opportunity for firms and students,” said Ryanne Kennedy, a senior auditor for Deloitte. “We are able to network but at the same time connect on a social level.”

By Debi Ostrom

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About the Bauer College of Business

The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.