Student Clubs & Professional Organizations

Association Officers, Meeting Locations and Times [PDF]

Accounting: This student club allows you to explore career alternatives in your area(s) of study. Professionals from public accounting, private industry, and nonprofit organizations meet with students to share their experiences and provide guidance. Club members share their academic and internship experiences with each other, and plan field trips.

Alpha Kappa Psi: This coed fraternity is the oldest professional business fraternity in the United States. This organization gives members the opportunity to hold chair positions and gain valuable leadership and organizational experience, while providing great networking opportunities. Former fraternity members have formed close and lasting friendships. Alpha Kappa Psi participates in many service projects on campus and in the surrounding community. With their continued involvement in the College of Business, AKPsi has also been able to hold many professional events such as the Etiquette for Success Academy, Dean’s List Reception, Blue and Gold Banquet, and more.

American Marketing Association: Ship’s local chapter of the organization whose goal it is to prepare students to transition from the classroom to the business world. You will be given the opportunity to apply marketing ideas and concepts in planning, organizing, and executing club activities. The club offers its members the chance to hear marketing professionals’ presentations about their firms and business experiences.

Beta Gamma Sigma: An international honorary business society that encourages and rewards scholarship and accomplishment. Election to Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest scholastic honor a student in business administration can attain.

DECA: DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Enactus: Enactus (Entrepreneurship Action Us) is a global, non-profit organization that is literally changing the world through highly dedicated student teams on more than 1600 university campuses in 40 countries. The organization offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process. Guided by distinguished faculty advisors and supported by businesses around the globe, Enactus Teams teach important concepts through educational outreach projects, including market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, and business ethics to better themselves, their communities and their countries. Each year, competitions are held worldwide, drawing together thousands of students and business leaders to pay tribute to these extraordinary educational outreach projects.

Financial Management Association: Shippensburg University’s chapter of FMA is a newly reorganized club within specifically designed for Finance majors, but all College of Business students are welcome to join. The organization is dedicated to educating students on possible career opportunities in the finance industry by:

  • Providing speakers from various types of financial institutions
  • Attending career expos
  • Providing internship information/networking opportunities
  • Assisting in the organization of the annual College of Business Etiquette Dinner
  • Fundraising/planning educational trips

Institute of Management Accountants: The Shippensburg University Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is an extension of the York chapter of the IMA. We are a student-run organization supervised by our advisor, Dr. J. Jay Mackie. IMA strives to provide a dynamic forum for management accounting and finance professionals to develop and advance their careers through certification, research and practice development, education, networking, and the advocacy of the highest ethical and professional practices.

International Business Association: This student chapter of the organization is open to all students regardless of major. The IBA focuses on cross-cultural enrichment and international business dealings.

Investment Club: An organization of students interested in careers in finance-related fields such as financial consultants, planners, real estate professionals, and positions at various financial institutions. Activities include speakers with outside professional backgrounds and trips to the New York Stock Exchange. The Investment Club also serves as an entree to the Ship Global Collegiate Fund. Print and submit an Investment Club Membership Form.

Logistics Management: This club provides a variety of opportunities for students to develop professional contacts, enhance their course of study with hands-on application, and build lasting friendships within the business community.  It prepares students for the transition from classroom to careers in their chosen field.

Management Information Systems: The MIS professional association was formed to help business majors expand their vision of information systems. Presentations and field trips to IT departments at established firms are scheduled to further the understanding of IT related fields.

National Association of Black Accountants: NABA on Shippensburg University's campus is a student professional organization that focuses on opportunity academically and professionally. NABA-Shippensburg stresses diversity in today's global market and is open to all business professions. NABA has 150 student chapters around the country that offer a unique opportunity for members to connect with accounting, finance and business professionals in their local areas, sharpen their skills with CPE programs and hone their leadership abilities through involvement in their local chapters.

Personal Financial Planning:

Phi Beta Lambda: The largest student vocational association in America dedicated to service, education, and progress, PBL works to improve university-community relations through projects with the business community. Membership is open to all students.

SHRM: The Student Affiliate Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management at Shippensburg University promotes the ideas and principles of human resource management. Speakers are invited to meetings to discuss current trends and issues in human resources. Membership is open to all interested undergraduate students.

SHIP Toastmasters:

Supply Chain Management: An organization for undergraduate students who desire to explore the field of supply chain management in a professional manner.

Programs of Interest

Global Business Exploration Program (GBEP): The International Business Seminar (MGT490) strives to promote and facilitate international study abroad and internship opportunities for College of Business students through an interactive and cooperative learning environment. Students enrolled in the class develop leadership, marketing, and management skills through active participation and management of all projects. Students make all decisions in the course with input from the faculty supervisor. The class is divided into functional subgroups that are responsible for areas such as research into study abroad and internship opportunities, marketing, public presentation, funding, scholarship research, and external relations. Each student is responsible for facilitating group discussions and performing peer evaluations throughout the semester.

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher with second language experience, international travel or study abroad experience desirable.

Investment Management Program (IMP): The Investment Management Program (FIN434 and FIN435) is a finance course in which real money portfolios are managed by students. Investments are held by the Shippensburg University Foundation, which accepts and implements student recommendations. The course is conducted in a seminar format led by the students. Typically, there is one faculty member designated as “professor of record” for administrative purposes, but there are often several faculty present and available for consultation. When an additional academic skill is needed, faculty from other areas and/or business professionals can be invited to lend their expertise to the class. While the core responsibility of the class is to manage the investments in a given portfolio, presentations before official groups associated with the university (e.g., College of Business Advisory Board, Finance Advisory Council) have been made upon request. In addition, interpersonal skills, especially in working with small groups, will be developed during the semester.

Prerequisite: Senior status, completion of required documents, and approval of the Department. Contact Dr. Hong Rim with questions.