The student organizations of the College of Business Administration offer students practical methods of developing leadership and organizational skills. These organizations sponsor lectures, field trips, and workshops, which provide students opportunities to learn more about their career fields and make valuable professional contacts. In the case of the business honor societies, they recognize the hard work, dedication, and high scholastic achievement of those eligible to become members. Please consider joining one of the student organizations. Given a sufficient commitment of time and effort, you will derive many benefits from your participation. If you are invited to join an honor society, do not fail to take advantage of the honor and recognition these groups bestow on their members.
Alpha Kappa Psi
Alpha Kappa Psi is a national business fraternity. Alpha Kappa Psi promotes teamwork, leadership, unity, and business education. The organization is an excellent means to learn business practices and professional networking. The objectives of Alpha Kappa Psi are: 1) to increase the well being and social activity of its members, 2) to encourage research in the business field, 3) to extend service help to the university and community, 4) to enhance the education of its members through speakers and field trips, and 5) to develop leadership, decision making, and planning skills. The faculty adviser is Larry Stevens, 118 Thurmond.
The American College of Healthcare Executives
The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) is a professional association established to promote long-term healthcare management. The ACHE provides education and professional networking for students pursuing a career in health administration. The faculty adviser is Dr. Keith Benson, 504 Thurmond.
American Marketing Association
The Winthrop University Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) is affiliated with the American Marketing Association, which is an organization of individuals interested in the professional growth and advancement of science in marketing. The Winthrop University Chapter has as its primary purpose the advancement of student interest and participation in activities related to the field of marketing. The faculty adviser or AMA is Hemant Patwardhan.
Association for Computing Machinery
The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is a professional organization open to all business majors. The ACM promotes the exchange of computer ideas and information and provides opportunities for interaction with national speakers and professionals in the field of computer science. The faculty adviser is Dr. Will Thacker, 323 Thurmond.
Alliance of Collegiate Entrepreneurs
The Alliance of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE) chapter is open to any business student interested in entrepreneurship. The ACE facilitates, supports, and inspires entrepreneurship among college students through various activities. The faculty adviser is Dr. Barbara Fuller, 310 Thurmond.
National Association of Black Accountants (inactive)
We are a nationwide professional association with the primary purpose of developing, encouraging and serving as a resource for greater participation by minorities in the accounting, finance, and business professions. Our mission is to address the professional and needs of our members and to build leaders that shape the future of business professions with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors. Our organization is committed to addressing the needs of minorities in the business fields as well as students aspiring to enter the profession. We also seek to develop our members professionally to prepare them for the many challenges facing them in the corporate world and global society. Our motto is “Lifting As We Climb”, and we invite you to join us as we embrace new challenges and new opportunities. The faculty adviser is Dr. Clarence Coleman, 112 Thurmond.
Phi Beta Lambda
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions:
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students;
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for post secondary and college students; and
Professional Division for businesspeople, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association.
The faculty adviser is Dean, Roger Weikle. 200 Thurmond.
Students In Free Enterprise
Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a global, non-profit organization that is changing the world with the help of dedicated student teams from over 1600 universities worldwide. Winthrop SIFE conducts various community outreach programs to teach the principles of free enterprise, including market economics, entrepreneurship, environment, personal finance, success skills, and business ethics. In doing so, the SIFE team provides inspiration, creates economic opportunity, and improves the quality of life for individuals and businesses in the community. Each year our SIFE teams presents our projects at SIFE competitions held at the regional and national levels. SIFE creates leadership, communication and business skills in its members. In addition, members have access to a variety of internship and job activities through SIFE Corporate sponsors. The faculty adviser is Patrice Burleson, 125 Thurmond.
Society for Human Resource Management
The Winthrop University Student Chapter of the SHRM is committed to the development of the human resource management profession. SHRM actively supports the development of the next generation of Human Resource professionals through the student chapter program. SHRM membership offers students the opportunity to supplement their classroom education with real-world knowledge and hands-on experience. The faculty advisor is Malayka Klimchak, Thurmond 517.
College of Business Administration Honor Societies
Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi is a national financial information fraternity. Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members' formal education by providing interaction between students, faculty, and professionals, and fosters lifelong growth, service and ethical conduct. The purpose of the Winthrop University chapter is to: 1) Inculcate the ideal of service as the basis of the accounting, finance, and information systems professions, 2) Promote high ethical standards, 3) Act as a medium between professionals, instructors, students, and others who are interested in the professions of accounting, finance, and information systems, and 4) Encourage high moral, scholastic and professional attainment in its members. The faculty adviser is Dr. Jayne D. Maas 410 Thurmond.
Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is the national scholastic honorary society for students of business administration. Membership is restricted to students of high scholarship in institutions with programs accredited by the AACSB. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest scholastic honor that a business student can achieve. The faculty adviser is Brooke Stanley, 225 Thurmond.
Omicron Delta Epsilon
Omicron Delta Epsilon is the national honorary society for students in economics. The faculty adviser is Dr. Louis Pantuosco, 420 Thurmond.
Upsilon Phi Delta
Upsilon Phi Delta is a national academic honor society for students in healthcare administration. The purpose of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to further the professional competence and dedication of the individual members in and for the profession of healthcare management. The Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is a member benefit of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). The faculty adviser is Dr. Keith Benson, Thurmond 504.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon
Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the national scholastic honorary society for students of computer sciences. The faculty adviser is Dr. Will Thacker, 323 Thurmond.