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NABA Selects Haslam Group for Chapter of the Year

July 6, 2015

The student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants at the Haslam College of Business received a Chapter of the Year award from its parent organization in June.

The award was presented during the NABA National Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was accepted by faculty advisor Randy V. Bradley, assistant professor of information systems and supply chain management, as well as four Haslam students: Gabrielle Yates (president-elect), Ashleigh Williams (vice president-elect), Cherish Hughes (outgoing membership development chair) and doctoral student Michelle Harding.

Yates credits the award to the chapter’s efforts to increase the value of membership. “We offered more networking opportunities with professionals from various business disciplines and backgrounds, providing access to resources needed to succeed both academically and professionally, as well as ensuring our members were well connected and aware of all opportunities offered on campus,” she said.

The award recognizes chapters that best highlight achievement and effectiveness. Membership recruitment and development, adequate documentation and reporting, planning and evaluation and the programs the chapter conducts or participates in throughout the year are all included in the criteria of the award.

Advisor Randy V. Bradley also served as the keynote speaker at the Scholar’s Luncheon during the convention. He credited the students for their success this year, as well as the chapter’s partners. “This is a tremendous accomplishment that is indicative of the hard work and dedication of our students,” Bradley said. “The national recognition signified by this award would not have been possible without the support of the many Haslam alums and corporate partners that helped create the foundation upon which our current students executed their vision.”

The Office of Diversity & Community Relations sponsored 18 undergraduate students to attend the annual National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Southern Region Conference, September 24-26 held in Atlanta, GA. Students had the opportunity to attend professional development workshops, network with Fortune 500 company executives, and attend a career expo which garnered interviews for four attending students.

“The 2014 Southern Region Student Conference is what first made me realize that NABA is bigger than UT,” said NABA chapter president Gabrielle Yates. “It’s what originally opened our mind to applying for Chapter of the Year. It was great attending again this year and benefitting from all that our parent chapter has to offer.”