Joining a student organization or honor society is a great way to develop a network with others in your major and make contacts in the business community. Active participation also develops valuable skills that are sought by employers. There are two types of student organizations: professional and honoraries. Professional organizations, which are open to anyone who is interested, promote competencies and achievements relevant to a specific discipline and related occupations.
Honor societies encourage and recognize superior scholastic achievement and leadership. Honoraries usually invite prospective members to join through a rush program or direct contact.
Student organizations are a great way for students pursuing a major in business to get involved and build personal and professional relationships. Membership in one of these organizations provides networking opportunities, social interaction, and guest speakers from the business community. And it looks great on your resume!
For more information on any of the student organizations listed below, contact Jim McClenahan at (775) 784-4852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AKY - Alpha Kappa Psi
The main focus of Alpha Kappa Psi is to provide leadership development, personal and professional training and the fundamental ingredient higher education misses: experience. Through professional development, educational programs, community service and a hands-on application of formal education.
Faculty Advisor: Tod Colegrove
AMA - American Marketing Association
The AMA connects students with peers and professionals in all areas of marketing, as well as the business world and provides students with relevant marketing, management, financial, advertising and promotion experience.
Faculty Advisor: Igor Makienko
Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honorary scholastic society for business students sponsored by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB—the accreditation body of the College of Business). Membership is by invitation only and limited to the top 10 percent of seniors, the top 7 percent of juniors, or the top 20 percent of those in master’s programs. The Nevada Alpha Chapter is now over 50 years old, and inducts members annually at the school’s Honors and Awards banquet each spring. Beta Gamma Sigma graduation chords and more-commonly-worn pins are recognized around the world as symbols of academic achievement and scholastic excellence.
President: Mark G. Simkin
BAP - Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi is a national service honorary group for accounting majors and minors. Juniors and seniors in those programs with an overall 3.0 GPA and major GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for membership.
Faculty Advisor: Jannet Vreeland
Business Student Council
(All Business Students)
The Business Student Council advises the Dean on issues relating to the student experience, provides for recognition of outstanding College of Business students and serves the interests of the college in terms of creating and promoting new opportunities for students to interact with the business world.
Faculty Advisor: Jim McClenahan
Collegiate DECA Coalition
(Arts, Business, & Education Students)
DECA is a non profit international student organization. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in Marketing, Finance, Hospitality, and Management.
This is a great organization for not only Business students, but also anyone who is interested in developing leadership skills as well as networking. In DECA, members are given the opportunity to meet various professional leaders as well as creating new connections with many other innovative students across the nation.
DECA is a great organization, we travel and compete in role plays in the spring. This organization is also community oriented and we participate in various events around the city. DECA is a great organization in which teaches students the necessary business and leadership skills that will prepare them for future careers.
Computers and Information Systems Club
(Information Systems/Computer Science preferred, but all majors welcome)
The purpose of the Computers and Information Systems Club is to unite individuals who are passionate about building a culture of productivity, technology, creativity, collaboration, and business professionalism in order to improve the lives of our members and those within our influence through education, practical demonstration, and career preparation.
Faculty Advisor: Adam Reed
DSP - Delta Sigma Pi
(All Business Students)
Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity dedicated to the professional development of its members. Through professional events, community service, and networking opportunities, students gain valuable business knowledge that is not offered in the classroom.
Faculty Advisor: Mary Groves
(All Business Students)
The Entrepreneurship Club is a learning-by-doing environment where students can cultivate their entrepreneurship skills. Students in the club will participate in the development of a business, at minimum by working on a business plan, but ideally also by being part of implementing a start-up. Different Entrepreneurship teams are created around different start-up ideas, and experienced entrepreneurs from the business community mentor the teams, along with University faculty advisors. Some business plans are entered in the Governor's Cup business plan competition. The club is also a place where people in the community can incubate a business idea, providing students with learning opportunities as the students help develop the idea through the club. An emphasis is on following through so that profitable businesses actually are created by the club.
Financial Planning Association
The FPA student chapter is a nationally connected organization dedicated to connecting students with the commercial world of finance through hosting events with professional speakers. The Financial Planning Association (FPA®) is the largest membership organization for personal financial planning experts in the U.S. and includes professionals from all backgrounds and business models. Reno's FPA student chapter is the first recognized chapter in Nevada. Becoming a member of the Reno FPA student chapter gives students access to the same tools and benefits as a professional FPA member.
IBSC - International Business Students Chapter
(International Business Students)
IBSC is the student chapter of the Nevada World Trade Council. The chapter is open to all majors and students with an interest in international business. During the meetings, new events are discussed, and guest speakers talk about many different topics relating to international business.
Faculty Advisor: Yvonne Stedham
MHRA - Management & Human Resources Association
The MHRA is dedicated to expanding students' exposure to career-oriented experiences and opportunities through student networking, leadership roles, and guest speakers. The focus of this interaction is, of course, the HR and Management disciplines.
Faculty Advisor: Linda Barrenchea
ODE - Omicron Delta Epsilon
This international economics honors society sponsors speakers on a variety of topics related to economics careers and the application of economics. The club also provides a forum for students interested in economics to get to know each other, and to get to know economics faculty in a more relaxed setting than the classroom or office.
Faculty Advisor: Mark Pingle