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August 16, 2002

 School of Business student organizations
more than resumé builders

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. College students sometimes have a perception that the more extracurricular activities they have listed on their resumé, the more well rounded they will seem when trying to land their first job.

While this belief does have some truth to it, the “pay the fees and don’t do anything else” tactic often applies.

Student organizations in the Indiana State University School of Business strive to get their members as involved as they possibly can in a variety of professional, service and social activities. These activities not only benefit the student, but also ISU and the surrounding community.

“Student organizations are great to be involved in,” said Dale Varble, interim associate dean and director of the Master of Business Administration program. “They allow students to become leaders, work in teams and provide an opportunity to meet people in their chosen profession. Every time I see recruiters, they talk about the importance of gaining experience, and being part of an organization is a good chance to get that experience.”

The School of Business is home to 11 student organizations that represent every major, ranging from general and honorary organizations to professional business fraternities.

Twelve business faculty members serve as voluntary advisers to these groups.

“Being an adviser is one of the nicest parts about being a faculty member,” said Pi Omega Pi faculty adviser Mary Ellen Adams, professor and program coordinator of the administrative systems and business education program. “It enables you to work outside of the classroom and help students progress in their chosen field of study.”

Pi Omega Pi is a business education honorary organization.

Students say being part of a business organization provides an opportunity to be involved on campus, meet new people and give them a step up in the professional world. Senior Andy Stetter, vice president of Alpha Iota Mu, a management information systems honorary organization, said his organization has helped him meet many of the top information systems professionals in Indiana from several Fortune 500 companies.

At the same time, being in Alpha Iota Mu has enabled him to meet new people and establish friendships, as well as being able to interact with management information systems faculty on a more regular basis. Junior Krystle Roscoe, a member of MISA, a management information systems organization, said joining MISA has allowed her to meet other people in her major and to come in contact with professors that she will possibly have in the next two years.

Giving back to the community and ISU is another important aspect in student organization life. Students donate their time to better the community and campus through service projects set up by their organizations.

Junior Aurmaudra Bradley, co-chairman of the service committee for Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity, has helped to set up fund raisers for the Humane Society and Relay For Life. Members actively participated to raise money for those good causes by sponsoring car washes, money drives and selling Relay for Life cards. The group also participates in trash pick-up days where they choose an afternoon in the spring and fall to pick up trash on campus. They also honor School of Business faculty members with a breakfast or luncheon every semester.

Gamma Iota Sigma, an honorary insurance and risk management organization, took time to visit a local nursing home and share baked goodies they made for the residents. The group plans to serve the Terre Haute youth this coming year.

Members of the American Marketing Association promote and sponsor their annual golf outing in an effort to help fund scholarships for high school students in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) programs who plan to attend ISU. Pi Omega Pi members put together floral bouquets for ISU support staff in honor of Administrative Professional’s Day last year. Members of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary accounting organization, have participated in Race for the Cure, March of Dimes and Habitat for Humanity. They also have a free tutoring service for students in introductory accounting classes.

Fund raising plays a large role in an organization’s potential. Raising money for a group can not only be creatively challenging, but also is vital to an organization’s accomplishments. Typically, funds are needed to help out with membership fees, travel expenses for out of town conferences, apparel, new member events and other expenses the organization may have.

The American Marketing Association sold long- and short-sleeved School of Business shirts to raise funds for its cause while MISA sponsored a pool tournament to help raise money. Fund-raising efforts for Alpha Kappa Psi included putting together a bake sale and favorite professor contest while members of Gamma Iota Sigma sponsored a Bowl-A-Thon, car washes and raffles.

Promoting academic programs and an organization of interest go hand in hand. QUADS, a quality and decision systems organization, is a primary example.

“The QDS program is small here at ISU because it was just introduced in 1996,” said Junior Keith Parker, president of QUADS. “One of the goals we have this year is to promote the QDS program by speaking to introductory business and statistics classes, make it more well-known, then try to increase our membership.”

Some organizations, especially honorary, require students to “make the grades” and maintain a certain grade point average to have membership. “You have to be in the top 10 percent of your major class and be recommended by a faculty member for induction into Alpha Iota Mu,” said Stetter. But with a support system of fellow students, there seems to be a relationship between being in an organization and better grades. Varble, who also is a professor of marketing, said for the most part, students involved in organizations tend to get higher marks in their classes than students who aren’t. This is because members have a tendency to form study groups with one another.

While some students may think that being in an organization is all work and no play, they couldn’t be more wrong. End of the year banquets, holiday parties, out-of-town conferences, trips and recreational activities are just a few of the reasons why members find these groups so enjoyable.

These pastimes can serve as stress-busters for hectic events such as finals, midterms and other tests and give students a chance to relax and disregard any other stresses they may have from everyday life.

Faculty and students agree that participation in these organizations greatly contributes to a student’s professional and leadership experiences.

“I believe student organizations have the potential to greatly enrich the students’ experiences on campus,” said Beta Alpha Psi faculty adviser Joe Sanders, associate professor and program coordinator of the accounting program.

School of Business student organizations and fraternities:

Alpha Iota Mu – management information systems honorary organization; James Buffington, adviser;

Alpha Kappa Psi – professional business fraternity; Dale Varble, adviser;

American Marketing Association (AMA) – marketing organization; Joyce Young, adviser;

Beta Alpha Psi – accounting honorary organization; Joseph Sanders, adviser;

Beta Gamma Sigma – general business honorary organization; Joseph Sanders, adviser;

Delta Sigma Pi – professional business fraternity; Joe Harder, adviser;

Financial Management Association – finance organization; Eurico Ferreira, adviser;

Gamma Iota Sigma – insurance and risk management honorary organization; Peter Mikolaj, adviser;  

Management Information Systems Association (MISA) – management information systems organization; James Buffington and Jeffery Harper, advisers;

Pi Omega Pi – business education honorary organization; Mary Ellen Adams, adviser;

QUADS – quality and decision systems organization; Connie McLaren, adviser;

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Dale Varble,
interim associate dean and director of the Master of Business Administration program, (812) 237-2002

Megan Wineheimer, Public Affairs student intern, (812) 237-3773

ISU Public Affairs:
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