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Student Organizations

HONORARY SOCIETIES

Pi Omega Pi, a national honorary scholastic society for business education students, extends membership to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students having a grade point of 3.0 or higher and who place in the upper 35 percent of their college class. The organization presents an annual award to the outstanding member. The local PSI chapter, a member of the National Association of College Honor Societies, has received national recognition for its service, publications, research, and other activities. It was founded by Professor Paul A. Carlson in 1932.

Beta Gamma Sigma is a national scholastic honorary society for students of business and management. Election to membership is the highest scholastic honor that a student of business can achieve. Membership is restricted to students of high scholarship and good moral character in institutions with programs accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Financial Management Association Honor Society is a local chapter of the national Financial Management Association. It is an honorary organization in that membership is limited to finance majors who have a 3.25 grade point average and who have completed six finance units and to graduate finance majors who have a 3.25 grade point average and who have completed at least 1/2 of their program unit requirements. The local chapter has received national recognition with the Bronze award twice in the last ten years.

The Wisconsin Iota Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, is an International Economics Honorary Society. It is dedicated to the encouragement of excellence in economics. It recognizes first and foremost scholastic achievement in economics. Second, it is a vehicle towards a better perception of and familiarity with economics. Through the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty, it promotes an understanding of economics greater than most classroom situations. In short, it helps its members advance both their own comprehension and the art and science of economics. Membership in ODE is based on cumulative GPA and GPA in economics. Applicants must have earned at least 12 units in economics with the grade of C or better, and the GPA for all economics courses must be at least 3.0. Receiving lower than a C does not disqualify an applicant, but that course may not be counted in the 12 units. In addition, applicants must be of junior standing or higher and possess an overall GPA of at least 3.0

Sigma Iota Epsilon is an honorary professional fraternity in management. Undergraduate management, management computer systems, human resource management and production operations management majors are eligible to join. They must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, at least 30 units of work or its equivalent at UW-Whitewater, and state their intention of continuing in the management curriculum. Graduate students must have a 3.25 grade point average and have completed nine units of graduate work, including at least three units of management at UW-Whitewater. The Sigma XI of Sigma Iota Epsilon was installed on the Whitewater campus in October, 1976 and its purposes are: to stimulate interest and achievement in the field of management, to stimulate scholarship and research through the development of the scientific approach of management problems, to facilitate contacts between students and business, and to recognize persons who have made contributions to the field of management.

Mu Kappa Tau is the national scholastic honor society in the field of marketing. To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the top 10% of the junior class, the top 20% of his/her senior class, or rank in the top 20% of the students receiving graduate degrees.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Marketing Association—Collegiate Chapter was formed by Whitewater marketing students to promote and develop interest and knowledge in the field of marketing. The Association’s goals are to foster scientific work in marketing, to develop sound thinking in theory and practice, to improve methods and techniques of marketing and to develop public understanding of marketing. The collegiate chapter works toward the accomplishment of these goals by sponsoring marketing presentations of practicing businessmen, field trips, special events and by conducting projects for the business community. Membership is open to any student interested in marketing.

Creative Marketing Unlimited (CMU) operates as a student-run marketing firm in cooperation with the American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. CMU is a student organization dedicated to furthering the educational experiences of its members and providing marketing services to businesses in need. Members obtain business experience while following the high standard of professionalism, ethics, and excellence that CMU has prided itself on for many years.

APICS - The Association for Operations Management is the campus student organization for anyone with interests in the field of supply chain management, production, inventory, TQM, service operations, purchasing, and material requirements planning. An insight into the real world of Operations Management is obtained through numerous contacts with management of nearby business organizations at on-campus, Milwaukee APICS, and Janesville APICS Chapter meetings. An excellent opportunity is afforded chapter members to prepare for and take the APICS certification examinations in the various Production Fields.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is a nationally affiliated professional organization for any student interested in pursuing a career in human resources/industrial relations. The Whitewater chapter offers its members the opportunity to meet with human resource executives from Southern Wisconsin, to gain practical experience doing human resource projects, to receive assistance preparing for SHRM “Human Resources Generalist” accreditation exams, and to receive periodicals/newsletters discussing current human resource issues.

Beta Alpha Psi is the national professional accounting fraternity with chapters on over 200 campuses. Epsilon Rho chapter allows students to meet professionals and fellow students through the various activities held during the year. This gives students the opportunity to round out their academic training and learn about the accounting profession from those in practice. To become a member it is necessary to have attained sophomore standing and have a grade point of 3.0, both overall and in accounting courses. The organization is open to accounting, finance and information technology majors.

The Association of Information Technology Professionals is an organization of students who have a strong interest in the field of computer information systems. This group fosters an interest in and an understanding of computer systems through professional presentations, seminars, senior and student level AITP conferences and field trips to regional computer installations. In addition, the chapter also sponsors a professional society banquet meeting with employers in the fall and a career day in the spring.

DECA is an international association of college students studying marketing, management, and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and service. Many members have participated in their local DECA chapters in high school, but membership is open to any student from any college. The purpose of UWW DECA is to provide similar experiences for students who wish to continue their association with DECA. With the four points of the DECA diamond as a guide (Civic Consciousness, Vocational Understanding, Social Intelligence, and Leadership) DECA's mission is to enhance the co-curricular education of students by developing skills and competence for marketing, management and entrepreneurship careers, building self-esteem, experiencing leadership, and practicing community service. Members may also get involved with competitions through our association with Delta Epsilon Chi and other college DECA chapters.

Delta Sigma Pi, an international business and professional fraternity, promotes the study of business, encourages the attainment of high scholarship, and provides opportunities for students to begin their professional development while in college. Membership is open to students majoring in various business areas.

The Institute of Management Accountants is a national professional society. UW-W is proud to have the first student chapter in Wisconsin and one of the first anywhere. This organization provides another opportunity to make contacts and learn from practicing professionals in accounting. IMA is open to all majors.

Marketing Education Association (formerly DECA) is the collegiate affiliate of the National and Wisconsin Marketing Education Associations. The purposes of MEA are to provide experiences for students who wish to continue their association with DECA, explore marketing education as a potential major, and participate with a small energetic group of students interested in marketing. Through experiences provided by MEA, future marketing education teachers will be prepared to assume their role as a DECA advisor at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Non-marketing education majors will have opportunities to develop management and communications skills and to learn more about the discipline of marketing through speakers, field trips, and conferences. Membership is open to any student from any college.

Economics Society is an organization of economics majors and minors and others interested in the field. Its purposes are to promote interest in and an understanding of economics through sponsoring lectures, panels, field trips, and other events, to promote economics as a profession, to improve contacts among students of economics, and to enhance student-faculty interaction.

Finance Association (FA) is a student membership organization open to all majors. FA serves undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in corporation finance, banking, investments, real estate and/or insurance. The Finance Association conducts speaker meetings, field trips, career orientation programs and social activities. Opportunities available for members include meeting people, networking, volunteer service hours and providing an informal channel for communication between students and faculty.

Law Society is an organization open to all students with an interest in law. The purposes of the Society are to advance the student’s knowledge and experience in the field of law and to provide opportunities for communication with representatives from law schools and members of the legal profession. Guest speakers, field trips and special projects are some of the activities conducted each term by members of the society.

Phi Beta Lambda is the college level of the Future Business Leaders of America and is open to all students. PBL’s purpose is to familiarize students with the demands and opportunities in the professions commonly associated with business. Guest speakers, field trips, and conferences around the state and nation are some of the activities included each year for members of this organization.

Pi Sigma Epsilon is a national professional sales and marketing coed fraternity. Membership is open to any student of good standing and major who exhibits interest in sales and marketing. Business, University and community oriented projects are employed during the school year to afford practical experience to the members and to finance the operations of the organization. The Beta Gamma chapter at Whitewater was founded on March 14, 1969, as the 51st chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon and is sponsored by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Madison and Milwaukee.

Portfolio Management Group is a student investment club. Its purpose is to help students learn about the process of investing in stocks, bonds, options, futures, and other types of securities. The group hosts speakers, sponsors field trips, conducts a simulated stock trading competition, and enjoys social activities.

The General Management Organization (GMO) is a campus organization for students either majoring in or interested in general management. This group provides academic and career support for student majors through speaker programs, student interaction and student-faculty interaction. It also fosters an interest in and understanding of general management subjects of interest. Relevant speakers, seminars and opportunities to interact with the General Management Advisory Board are special features of the GMO.

Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) is a national professional organization of managers in industry, commerce, government and education. The student chapter at UW-W has as its main objective the bringing together of executives in business and students preparing to go into administrative positions. The club offers guest speakers, structured events, and management periodicals to all students who aspire to managerial occupations.

The UW-Whitewater Student National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Chapter is affiliated with the Milwaukee Professional Chapter and the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. Through this affiliation, the UW-W Student NABA Chapter is designed to address the needs of students of color and other interested students majoring in the fields of accounting, finance, or business administration. NABA activities facilitate the grooming necessary to begin a successful career in business and obtaining skills that include networking and managing your finances. Programs and services that are available to NABA members include: The National Scholarship Program, administered at both the national and local level; and the Central Regional Student Conference. The focus during the conference is on career development and placement, as well as preparation for entry into the accounting/ finance profession. At this conference, students have the opportunity to arrange for internship or permanent position interviews with corporate partners and/or exhibitors. NABA’s membership is made-up of many different backgrounds and career interests.

The Business Ethics Student Association is a student organization open to all majors. It strives to promote good ethical practices, integrity, and professional development through networking, critical thinking, and exposure to a wide range of topics concerning societal ethics. Common activities for the association include hosting guest speakers, holding the Business Ethics Day, assisting the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau with Torch Award applications, and social activities.

Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the global economy. The Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO), which was formed in the Fall 2005 with the College of Business efforts to expand an entrepreneurship program, is a student organization designed to expose our members to the world of entrepreneurship. Through its programming, speaker series, and business plan competitions, CEO offers a combination of theory and practice, thought leadership and performance, planning and doing. CEO sponsors an Elevator Pitch Competition, a Business Plan Competition and helps students plan and launch new business ventures.



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