Student Leadership Organizations

Invest in Yourself By Getting Involved!


Be a part of the WCBA community by being an active member of a student organization. You will build professional networks, work with the local and regional business community, develop leadership skills, and learn more about your future career while making friendships
to last a lifetime.

Most WCBA student organizations are student chapters of national industry organizations and many provide the opportunity to travel to conferences, competitions, business visits, and build a network of professional contacts. With 13 professional student organizations to
choose from, your passion will find a home here.

ADVERTISING CLUB

The YSU Advertising Club is a collegiate chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Ads Club exists to provide students with an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom to real world, integrated marketing communications projects, such as the AAF’s National Student Advertising Competition. The organization is open to all majors and class ranks.

Club Activities:

  • AAF National Student Advertising Competition
  • Spring break trip to New York City
  • Host an Advertising Summit each Fall
  • Work on local business consulting projects
  • Plan and promote a yearly benefit concert

Faculty Advisors:
Doori Song, PhD, dsong@ysu.edu
Mr. Michael Pontikos, mgpontikos@ysu.edu
Ying Wang, PhD, ywang01@ysu.edu

AMerican Marketing Association (Ama)

The American Marketing Association is one of the largest professional associations for marketers. The YSU student chapter is involved with a broad range of activities, including attending the annual collegiate conference hosted by the American Marketing Association in New Orleans.
Club Activities:

  • Networking with successful business professionals
  • Community service activities
  • Social events
  • Hosting campus-wide events, such as YSU’s Got Talent

Faculty Advisors: 
Kendra Fowler, PhD, kfowler01@ysu.edu
Emre Ulusoy, PhD, eulusoy@ysu.edu

 

BETA ALPHA PSI

Beta Alpha Psi is an international honors society for accounting, finance and information systems students and professionals that strives to expose students to all aspects of the professions via speakers, technical meetings, visits to firms and companies, an annual banquet and attendance at regional and national conferences. BAP members also present relevant topics to university and community audiences.

Club Activities:

  • Host speakers related to accounting, finance and information systems
  • Visit firms and various companies
  • Attend regional & international
  • conferences

Meetings: Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm, Williamson 2225

 

 

Faculty Advisor: 
Dr. Ray Shaffer, rjshaffer@ysu.edu

BETA GAMMA SIGMA (BGS)

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive.  Only schools accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (approximately 5%) are eligible to have a chapter.  Each year, students in the top 10 percent of the sophomore, junior, or senior classes or the top 20 percent of the graduating master’s class are invited to join this organization.

Club Activities:

  • Host a Business Case Competition once a year
  • Attend national conference
  • Promote best practice is the field of business

Faculty Advisor: TBA

ECONOMICS CLUB

The YSU Economics Club welcomes students of any major who are interested in exploring economic issues all around us. During our club events, we explore economic topics in more detail through roundtable discussions with faculty, we learn about the large variety of careers in economics through guest speaker events, and we engage in the community with service-oriented activities. We partner with Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics, to honor outstanding students at our annual banquet.

Club Activities:

  • Network with professionals in a variety of economic professions
  • Community Service Activities
  • Economic Policy Discussions with Faculty Experts
  • Field Trips

Faculty Advisor:
Ms. Sarah Jenyk, sejenyk@ysu.edu

ENACTUS

ENACTUS is a global student organization focused on entrepreneurship and action. The
WCBA chapter of ENACTUS is an enthusiastic community of student, academic and
business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. This chapter meets on a bi-weekly basis and is open to all YSU students, regardless of major or class rank.

Club Activities:

  • Develop community outreach projects
  • Attend the Enactus Fall Leadership Conference
  • Attend the United States National
  • Exposition

Faculty Advisor:
Ms. Kerri Henderson, kahenderson@ysu.edu

INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANTS (IMA)

The Institute of Management Accountants is the world’s largest association of management
accountants and financial managers. The WCBA chapter hosts guest speakers and engages
in volunteer activities as well as attends various regional and national conferences. All
students are welcome to participate.

Club Activities:

  • Host guest speakers and visit local companies
  • Manage the Mentoring Aspiring Professionals (MAP) program
  • Identify useful resources and help students set professional goals


Faculty Advisor:
David Law, DBA, dblaw@ysu.edu

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ORGANIZATION (IBO)

The International Business Organization (IBO) at YSU is open to all current students and helps students gain an understanding of the many aspects of International Business and provide opportunities and resources about the global business landscape. The world is becoming connected now more than ever. 95% of consumers are outside of the United States. The IBO at YSU has decided to be at the forefront of this global landscape. Organizational goals are to Lead, Learn, and Network through International Business. IBO strives to promote a greater understanding of international business and global issues through speakers, social events, site visits, competitions, volunteering opportunities, etc.

Club Activities:

  • Host guest speakers, visit sites, and volunteer
  • Compete in NASBITE Case Competition
  • Organize social events

Meetings:

When: Wednesday (s) at 5 pm
Where: Williamson Hall Room 2212
Virtual: https://ysu.webex.com/meet/ofgenc

Faculty Advisor:
Omer Genc, PhD, ofgenc@ysu.edu

PI SIGMA EPSILON (PSE)

Pi Sigma Epsilon is the only national professional fraternity for sales, marketing, and sales management. While these business fields are our primary focus, it is open to all college majors across campus. Through Pi Sigma Epsilon, all students, Freshmen to Seniors, can gain experience while networking with other students and companies from around the region and around the country.

Club Activities:

  • Participate in conferences regionally & nationally
  • Network with top executives through PSE’s corporate partners
  • Interact with organizations from around the country


Faculty Advisor:
Mr. John Rossi, jfrossi@ysu.edu

SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (SHRM)

The WCBA student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
supports students in the SHRM-certified human resource curriculum by providing
leadership and professional development opportunities. It is open to all undergraduate
and graduate students with an interest in HR, regardless of major.

Club Activities:

  • Organize professional network events
  • Host specialized development workshops
  • Member of national SHRM
  • Attend conferences and compete in case competitions
  • Work towards an HR merit cord for graduation

Meetings: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:45pm, Williamson 2235 (bi-weekly starting 9/22/21)

Faculty Advisor:
Ms. Kimberly Pleva, kmpleva@ysu.edu

STUDENT INFORMATION & SUPPLY CHAIN ASSOCIATION (SISCA)

The Student Information & Supply Chain Association provides experiences for student members to better understand the changing nature of information systems and supply chain management in the digital era. This organization is open to all business majors.

Club Activities:

  • Host professional speakers
  • Attend site visits
  • Work on technology business projects

Faculty Advisor:
Deepa Iyer, PhD, dgiyer@ysu.edu

STUDENT INVESTMENT FUND (SIF)

Members of the Student Investment Fund manage a stock portfolio with a value currently over $2 million. They also learn from regional investing professionals during their weekly meetings in the Financial Services Lab. SIF is open to all YSU students interested in
learning about investing.

Club Activities:

  • Organize tock analysis presentations
  • Host weekly portfolio meetings
  • Attend student investment conferences
  • Visit the financial district in New York
  • Host industry guest speakers
  • Participate with national organizations
  • Learn how to use stock analysis tools

Faculty Advisor:
Peter Chen, PhD, hchen01@ysu.edu

STUDENT NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATION (SNLO)

This student group is for those interested in making a difference in the community. SNLO provides professional nonprofit management experiences through site visits and presentations from local organizations, as well as an opportunity to participate in regional consulting projects. Members also implement fund-raising events to sustain the “Pay It Forward” Initiative where grant funding is awarded to local nonprofit organizations each year. Group community service projects are also planned. Academic credit is available for participation as meetings are held in conjunction with the Nonprofit Community Services course. Those students seeking the Nonprofit Leadership minor and/or certificate are encouraged to b active participants in the organization. Membership is open to students of all majors.

Meetings: Tuesdays, 4:00pm, Williamson 2203

Faculty Advisor:
Ms. Laura Dewberry, Director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership, ljdewberry@ysu.edu

WCBA BUSINESS LEADERS

The WCBA Business Leaders Program is designed for incoming freshmen majoring in Business who excel academically and demonstrate a high level of commitment to their professional and leadership development. WCBA Business Leaders participate in a variety of academic, leadership and professional development activities and take advantage of mentoring by faculty, monthly seminars, career and internship planning guidance, and business study trips. 

To be eligible for the WCBA Business Leaders Program, students must have:

  • A 3.5 or higher high school GPA 
  • A minimum 25 ACT or 1150 SAT score

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Contact:
Ms. Mary Coller, 
Director, Student Services, 
mtcoller@ysu.edu

WCBA STUDENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Members of the Student Leadership Council serve as ambassadors of the WCBA as they regularly provide input and suggestions regarding students’ needs to the faculty and staff. All WCBA students are invited to apply for the Student Leadership Council. Students are selected based on participation in co-curricular activities and the desire to contribute to the WCBA.

Council Activities:

  • Attend monthly meetings with Dean Betty Jo Licata
  • Participate in college recruitment activities
  • Represent WCBA at special events
  • Communicate goals and activities of the
  • WCBA to the student body

Advisor:
Betty Jo Licata, PhD, Dean 
Office of the Dean  330.941.3064