In the Club
Student clubs and organizations augment the learning environment in the Dicke College of Business Administration. Students who join these groups get to network with seasoned professionals, serve the community, hone leadership and teamwork skills, and test their abilities against undergraduate business students from across the country.
AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION
Advisor: Professor Randall Ewing, associate professor of marketing
ONU’s American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter exposes students to relevant experiences and education in the marketing field. Student members plan and execute collegiate chapter events, participate in marketing competitions, and have access to career resources.
“Active members get involved with some significant activities, and these become natural talking points in their first job interviews coming out of college,” says Ewing.
ONU’s AMA chapter, around 25 members strong, sponsors speakers, hosts fundraisers, and engages in fun activities like cookouts and bowling. The highlight each year is a trip to the National Chapter Conference in New Orleans in the spring. Around 1,500 marketing students representing more than 200 universities attend the conference.
ONU has a long history of garnering top honors at competitions held during the national conference. In 2012, for example, ONU won the Strategic Allocation of Business Resources (SABRE) competition, beating out teams from 35 other universities. SABRE is a market-simulation program used at the nation’s leading business schools.
In 2013, an ONU team entered the AMA trade show competition. They created and operated a mock trade exhibit that was visited by conference attendees and more than 100 faculty advisors.
“This year, I want our chapter to grow not only in size, but also in the experiences that are gained from being a member,” says Michelle Seislove, a senior marketing major from Tiffin, Ohio, and 2013-14 AMA president. “I would like to add a networking event for marketing majors to help students make connections that could potentially lead them to their dream jobs.”
BETA ALPHA PSI
Advisor: Matthew Phillips, assistant professor of accounting
Beta Alpha Psi (ΒΑΨ) is an international honorary organization that encourages and recognizes scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field, which includes accounting, finance and information systems.
ONU’s Mu Delta Chapter provides its members with opportunities to learn from top-notch professionals and to develop their skills as leaders and team members. “It’s rewarding to see students obtain an internship and/or a full-time job as a direct result of their experiences related to ΒΑΨ,” says Phillips.
ONU business students must meet certain criteria, including a GPA of 3.0 or above, to be invited to join ΒΑΨ. Approximately 25 to 30 ONU business students participate in the honor society.
Each year, ΒΑΨ hosts several guest speakers, operates a weekly tutoring table for students needing extra help with accounting, and participates in community-service activities. The group is well-known for its work with the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which provides free incometax preparation for elderly and needs based individuals in the community. Last academic year, ONU participated in the national chapter’s Grant Thornton Ethics competition. The Mu Delta Chapter hosted an ethics day on campus with an ethical debate competition and guest speaker Sandra Ruiz, director of finance for Barnes Distribution North America. ONU’s chapter was a semifinalist in the national competition and received a cash prize.
This year, ΒΑΨ sponsored a new event called “Meet the Firms Night” on Aug. 29. ONU business students had the chance to network with international, regional and local accounting firms, including all the “Big Four” firms. According to Kristin Cellentani, a junior accounting major from Columbus, Ohio, and 2013-14 ΒΑΨ vice president of finance, the ΒΑΨ board of officers plans to incorporate more community service projects and group-bonding activities in the coming year. “ΒΑΨ in the past has been treated like a student organization, and we would like to transform the group’s culture into a scholastic Greek organization and have a stronger network with our national chapter of ΒΑΨ,” she says.
HEALTH CARE AND BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS CLUB (HBPC)
Advisor: Dr. Matt Kutch, assistant professor of economics
Health Care and Business Professionals Club, formerly known as the Pharmaceutical Business Club, adopted its new name last year in order to expand its membership.
“We didn’t want to limit our club to just pharmaceutical business majors,” says Megan Conley, a junior pharmaceutical business major from Pickerington, Ohio, and 2013-14 HBPC president. “Our club is open to any student on campus who wants a better understanding of the health care industry and its impact on our society.”
The main purpose of HBPC is to provide networking and learning opportunities for students interested in working in the health care field. “It’s another avenue to facilitate their learning of how to be an effective professional,” explains Kutch.
HBPC is not affiliated with a national organization; therefore, it does not receive direction or guidance on its programming activities. Yet HBPC members have created some signature activities on ONU’s campus. Each winter, the club gathers donations and toys to make Christmas a little brighter for sick children at St. Rita’s Hospital in Lima, Ohio. In the spring, the club hosts Polar RX, a prescription drug-abuse awareness event. Last year’s featured speakers included Dr. Jon Sprague, former dean of the Raabe College of Pharmacy, who shared information on how drugs affect the mind, and Wayne Campbell, from the nonprofit Tyler’s Light, who spoke about the devastating impact of drug abuse on his family.
Conley has big plans as HBPC president. She wants to increase membership, prepare the club to attend national conferences, and host additional campus events. “If I can get this club up and running like I know it can, then I will be able to show future employers that I can take on leadership roles,” she says.
SOCIETY FOR ADVANCEMENT OF MANAGEMENT (SAM)
Advisor: Dr. Michele Govekar, professor of management
The Society for Advancement of Management is targeted toward students who are interested in developing management skills and expertise.
“Participating in SAM mirrors the types of responsibilities students will have in the future, either in their jobs or in their communities,” says Govekar. “Members plan a program, recruit members, build a budget to support the program and then implement that program on their own.”
Approximately 25 to 30 ONU students join SAM each year. The group sponsors several social and community service events in collaboration with other student groups. They also host the “Great Case Race” each year at the college, an event in which participants receive part of a business case challenge, solve each part to get to the next clue, and win prizes for solving the entire case. “It’s simple, quick, applied business-curricular knowledge in a competitive and fun environment,” says Govekar.
Last March, an ONU team garnered third place at the Student Case Competition held during the 2013 SAM International Business Conference in Arlington, Va. ONU’s five-member team, which prepared for two months, presented a case analysis and proposal for the future success of Netflix.
Lauren Brown, a senior management major from Portage, Mich., and 2013-14 SAM president, hopes to grow SAM’s membership, bring in speakers and participate in more regional case competitions. “The national case competition is always the highlight of the year because it gives students the opportunity to analyze a well-known company, devise possible solutions and compete against universities from around the country,” she says. “Although the organization is a lot of work, it leads to growth as an individual and a professional.”