Add an important dimension to your leadership skills by getting involved in a WCBA student organization. Networking with business associates, touring companies, and previewing your career options helps you gain valuable knowledge toward building your professional portfolio.
Alpha Delta Sigma Advertising ClubThe ADS Club is a national professional advertising society for any major, with a concentration in business, professional writing or graphic design. It is affiliated with the American Advertising Federation. The purpose of ADS Club is to provide students with an opportunity to associate with advertising professionals. Members are able to tour local advertising agencies, host professional speakers and do fund raisers to offset the cost of programs. During spring semester, a special class is offered to assist students with the design of an integrated marketing communication campaign for the national competition of the American Advertising Federation. For more information on the ADS Club, contact the Marketing Department at 330-941-3080.American Marketing Association Collegiate ChapterThe American Marketing Association, one of the largest professional association for marketers, has 38,000 members worldwide in every area of marketing. The YSU chapter is involved with a broad range of activities such as student fee-based marketing consulting with local firms, community service activities for non-profit organizations, opportunities for networking with successful business professionals, and social events in the Youngstown area. Active members go to the annual collegiate conference hosted by the American Marketing Association in New Orleans. In 2011 YSU won Outstanding Chapter at the conference. For more information, contact Dr. Peter Reday at 330-941-3078 or pareday AT ysu DOT edu.
Beta Alpha PsiBeta Alpha Psi is a national honorary organization. As the premier professional business and financial information organization, Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction among students, faculty and professionals, and fosters lifelong growth, service and ethical conduct. Membership is open to all accounting, finance and information systems majors who have completed one upper level course, have a 3.0 GPA in their major, and have a 3.0 overall GPA. Students may join as candidates at any time, as long as they have a 3.0 overall GPA. Members must attend regular meetings, participate in community service and serve on committees. The organization strives to expose students to all aspects of the professions via speakers, technical meetings, visits to firms and companies, an annual banquet, attendance at national and regional conferences, and other related functions. Meetings are held on Wednesdays. For more information contact Dr. Raymond Shaffer atrjshaffer AT ysu DOT edu or 330-941-3196 or Dr. Wayne Counts atrcounts AT my.ysu DOT edu or 330-941-7149. Beta Gamma SigmaMembership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate, masters or doctoral program at a school accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Becoming a Beta Gamma Sigma member is an honor indicative of commitment, high academic achievement, and leadership. To be eligible for membership, students must be registered in business administration programs and be candidates for the baccalaureate or MBA degree. They must be in the upper 7 percent of the junior class, the upper 10 percent of the senior class or the upper 20 percent of the graduating master’s class. For more information, contact Dr. William Vendemia at 330-941-1785 orwgvendemia AT ysu DOT edu and Dr. Anthony Kos at 330-941-1889 orajkos AT ysu DOT edu.Institute of Management AccountantsThe Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest association of management accountants and financial managers with approximately 67,000 members and more than 200 chapters across the U.S. and abroad. IMA members range from accountants to financial managers just beginning their careers, to those in middle management, to chief financial managers and chief executive officers of major corporations. Membership includes Certified Management Accountants, Certified Public Accountants, educators, students, and individuals involved with local, state, and federal government. The Institute of Management Accountants Student Chapter (IMASC) at YSU is a voluntary organization of IMA student members operating under the sponsorship of the Akron Chapter of the IMA. All students are welcome to participate. For more information, contact the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance at 330-941-3084.Management Information Systems AssociationThe MIS Association (MISA) is a student organization at YSU that encourages and provides opportunities for students to take an active role in their academic, as well as their professional development. To reach these goals, the MIS Association is actively involved in several activities, such as hosting professional speakers, going on site visits, and working on technology-business projects. Together, these experiences help student members better understand the vital business role of information technology. Perhaps most importantly, these experiences allow members the chance to develop a set of professional skills and professional network that can assist them in securing a job upon graduation. For more information on the MIS Association, or the MIS major, visit their website (http://www.ysu.edu/stu_org/misa/) or contact Dr. Patrick Bateman via e-mail pjbateman AT ysu DOT edu.Society for Human Resource Management YSU's student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is an affiliate of the international professional organization devoted to the support and development of human resource professionals. This award-winning organization is open to all undegraduate and graduate students with an interest in HR, regardless of their major. The student chapter supports students in the newly restructured, SHRM-certified curriculum by providing leadership and professional development opportunities including the hosting of guest speakers, field trips, individual merit opportunities to earn graduation cords/certificates, and a yearly, competitive scholarship pool of over $1500. The student chapter of SHRM is supported by the Department of Management and the Western Reserve Chapter of SHRM, our local professional association. For more information, contact Dr. Jacob Breland, SPHR, at 330-941-2401 or jwbreland AT ysu DOT edu.
Student Investment Fund Organization
The Williamson School of Business Administration Student Investment Fund (SIF) controls a portfolio endowed through the Youngstown State University Foundation. SIF is designed to provide a forum in which students can apply investment theory within the real world of money management. This fund provides students with a bridge between the theoretical knowledge acquired in the finance curriculum and the practical workings of capital markets. Currently, SIF manages a portfolio of roughly $600,000, and has consistently beat the S&P 500 multiple years. The opportunity to participate in the hands-on management of SIF, one of just a few in the nation, continues to receive high regards and is open to all majors.
Student Leadership CouncilThe WCBA Student Leadership Council members serve as “ambassadors” of the WCBA at special events; help communicate the goals and activities of the WCBA; participate in student recruitment activities and other college events; and provide input and advice to the faculty and staff of the WCBA regarding student’s needs and interests. All business majors in the WCBA are invited to apply for the Student Leadership Council at the beginning of the each semester. Broad representation from all majors and ranks is desired. The Council meets monthly with Dr. Betty Jo Licata, Dean of the WCBA to discuss issues of mutual interest. Students are selected based on participation in co-curricular activities and the desire to contribute to the WCBA. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to apply. For more information, contact the Dean’s Office at 330-941-3068 or e-mail Christine Shelton at cgshelton AT ysu DOT edu.
Student Nonprofit Leadership OrganizationThis student group is for all currently enrolled students seeking a baccalaureate degree interested in making a difference in the community. SNLO provides professional nonprofit management experiences through site visits and guest lecturers from regional nonprofit organizations. Members of the organization help raise funds to attend student conferences through the planning and execution of fundraising events. Members also plan and execute recruitment events. College credits are available for participation as meetings are held in conjunction with the Nonprofit Community Services class (BUS 3740). Those students seeking the Nonprofit Leadership Minor or American Humanics Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership are required to enroll in this course. Leadership positions are available. Meetings are held on Tuesdays at 4:00p.m. For more information, contact Laura McCaskey at 330-941-1870 or LJMcCaskey AT ysu DOT edu.Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)SIFE students work as teams to design educational outreach projects that help people develop a better understanding of the principles of free enterprise and how to use this information to empower themselves and achieve new dreams. SIFE has three philosophies: - Leadership: “People support what they help create” - Teaching: “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I might remember, involve me and I will learn.” - Community Service: “Give me a fish, I eat for a day; teach me to fish, and I eat for a lifetime”SIFE can offer you a chance to compete in many competitions, and to receive honors, awards, and scholarships for your work as a team. SIFE students in the WCBA have recently sponsored a student competition on campus, lectured on entrepreneurship at local high schools, and assisted the local Rotary in developing their global marketing campaign. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at 330-941-3064.©2009-2012. Williamson College of Business Administration and its licensors. All rights reserved.
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