Employers believe involvement outside the classroom is an important indicator of your potential, personality and adaptability. Participating in campus organizations, especially in leadership roles, displays your capacity to lead in business.
Being involved in a business student professional organization will help you learn more about your career field and future career opportunities. You will meet business leaders, benefit from their experience, and develop closer relationships with other students and faculty.
College of Business student professional organizations meet University standards and are guided by interested faculty members. Some have been active long enough to have their own rich traditions.
Get involved early!
- Build your personal & professional network.
- Learn from educational & professional developmental opportunities.
- Become a leader!
- Accounting Society
- American Marketing Association (EKU Chapter)
- Berman Center for Professional Sales (PSE)
- Financial Management Association (FMA)
- Gamma Iota Sigma
- Marketing Club
- Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)
- Pi Omega Pi
- Professional Golf Management (PGM)
- Society for Advancement of Management (SAM)
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Accounting Society acquaints members with career opportunities in accounting and is open to all accounting majors or students enrolled in any accounting course. Activities include guest speakers from the accounting profession and opportunities to interact with accountants working in public, private and governmental fields as well as trips to accounting firms and organizations.
Contact Mr. Gordon Crowley
859-622-1093; email firstname.lastname@example.org
American Marketing Association EKU Chapter
Open to marketing and other business students. The AMA undertakes real world projects that provide students with professional development opportunities beyond the classroom. Activities include guest speakers, field trips, and interaction with area marketing managers. Paid members get to use the nationwide AMA job database and service.
Contact Dr. Jim Blair
Berman Center for Professional Sales (PSE)
The Berman Center for Professional Sales works to develop and support the next generation of Sales Leaders. Additionally, the Center provides coaching and development opportunities to students across Kentucky by building their communication, presentation, and selling skills to advance their careers regardless of major.
Contact Mr. Ed Gogol
Financial Management Association (FMA)
Open to all students with an interest in finance. FMA provides opportunities for professional interaction among academics, practitioners and students while promoting the development and understanding of basic and applied research of sound financial practices. Meets Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. Activities include Mock Investment Club, field trips, guest speakers and social functions. Contact Maggie Abney: (859) 622-8998; email@example.com or Ben Woodruff: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gamma Iota Sigma
Open to all students majoring in Insurance studies. Develops students' knowledge of career opportunities in the insurance profession. Activities include networking opportunities with industry experts, career development, social functions, field trips to Chicago, New York and others, and participation in the spring national conference of Gamma Iota Sigma, the national insurance fraternity.
Contact: EKU Insurance Studies, Dr. Burke Christensen,
859-622-1579. More on Gamma Iota Sigma...
Institute of Managerial Accountants (IMA)
The Student IMA Chapter at EKU connects students interested in a career in management accounting or corporate finance with opportunities to network with professionals in these fields, develop skills relevant to the profession, learn about the myriad opportunities in the profession, and connect with the local professional IMA Chapter (Bluegrass Area IMA).
Contact Dr. JP Stearns
Open to marketing and other business students. The Marketing Club undertakes real world projects that provide students with professional development opportunities beyond the classroom. Activities include guest speakers, field trips, and interaction with area marketing managers.
Contact: Dr. Philip Boutin at email@example.com.
Phi Beta Lambda (Future Business Leaders of America)
PBL (FBLA) is a national organization for all students with an interest in business. PBL bridges the gap from the classroom to the business world by helping students learn about the business community by promoting competent business leadership, understanding American business enterprise, establishing career goals, encouraging scholarship, promoting sound financial management, and developing character and confidence. Activities include business speakers, participation in state and national conferences and competitions, development of professional skills, and social gatherings.
Contact: Dr. Lee Allison
Pi Omega Pi
Open to business education majors with at least 45 credit hours and a grade point average of 2.75. POP promotes business teaching as a profession and provides fellowship with students preparing for a teaching career. Meets regularly. Activities include development of teaching materials for student teachers, panel discussions for business education majors on student teaching and how to prepare for it, and attendance at national conferences.
Contact: Dr. Faridah Awang
859-622-2416, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Golf Management (PGM)
The PGM Student Association is open to and managed by PGM Golf Management students who elect officers, prepare regular meeting schedules, and develop meeting agendas. All EKU Golf Management students are members. Along with providing leadership opportunities and skill development, the Association organizes and conducts the PGM Tournament Program, social events, mandatory student checkpoint review sessions, community service events, and assists the Kentucky Golf Association and the Kentucky Section PGA with special events when needed.
Contact: Ms. Kim Kincer
Contact Mr. Austin Molen
Society for Advancement of Management (SAM)
Open to all business students. SAM promotes interaction with professionals in all disciplines, increases awareness and knowledge of career opportunities, and encourages cross-functional participation in activities that will benefit students' choice of career and future success. Meets monthly. Activities include speakers, workshops, plant tours, fund-raisers, case competition and trips to the national SAM conference if funds permit. Visit the student organization website at https://management.eku.edu/society-advancement-management-sam.
Contact Dr. Qian Xiao, 859-622-7349, email email@example.com
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
SHRM provides students with opportunities for professional development in human resource management and is open to students with an interest in learning more about human resource management. SHRM is a student chapter for the professional association for human resource managers. Notices of meetings are posted on the SHRM bulletin board outside Business Technology Center Room 102. Activities include plant visits, panel discussions and speakers, and interaction with area human resource managers.
Contact: Dr. Jim Fatzinger