The Nistler College of Business & Public Administration offers a multitude of experiential learning experiences through the variety of student organizations available on campus. Involvement in student organizations provides you with the opportunity to network on campus and in the community, as well as gain valuable experience for your resume to assist you on your path to a career in business.
Nistler CoBPA Student Organizations
The primary purpose of Accounting Club is to provide social, educational, and networking events for accounting majors to take part in. It also provides a way for Accounting majors to become involved in different activities and organizations.
Accounting Club Advisor
AITP is the leading worldwide society of professionals in information technology.
Alpha Kappa Psi is a Professional Co-Ed Business Fraternity open to all majors. We have four areas of focus which are professionalism, brotherhood, service, and fundraising. We host events in each of these areas as well as attend campus and community events.
When you join Alpha Kappa Psi, you join an elite group of professionals who are committed to keeping their skills sharp and careers on track. This is accomplished through professional programs at various levels. Fraternity programs include Principled Business Leadership Institute, The Academy, Case Competition and the College of Leadership. Members gain many valuable skills on the local level as they operate their chapters as "franchises” of Alpha Kappa Psi. Every member participates in various professional development events conducted by the chapter such as mock interviews, resume workshops, etiquette dinners and many more. Such professional development, when marketed to employers, will set you apart from your peers.
Our chapter holds recruitment at the beginning of each semester. Feel free to contact the VP-Membership for more information on joining Alpha Kappa Psi.
Alpha Kappa Psi Advisor
The Major Thomas J. Clifford Squadron of the Arnold Air Society is a group of Air Force ROTC students who volunteer to help the community.
Arnold Air Society Advisor
The purpose of the ATMAE/Alpha-Tau is to foster the career development of students enrolled in Industrial Technology programs at UND. Gives students the opportunities to go on tours of manufacturing facilities and attend the national conference.
Dr. Dave Yearwood
Dr. Isaac Chang
The purpose of DECA is to provide our members with role play experience in all areas of business. We also get the chance to network with members from different chapters who are interested in the same area of study as well as many business professionals.
Our purpose is to help teach management skills to members, and expand their education. We offer many activities including company tours, running the Gamble Express coffee stand, hosting social events, and helping members meet other business students. Members do not have to be a management major to join.
Management Club Advisor
The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association provides social and cultural opportunities for its members, as well as preparing future leaders in the field of nonprofit leadership. The NLSA focuses on community service and volunteerism in the Greater Grand Forks Community. In addition to leadership, members are given the opportunity to develop skills in working as a team.
PBL's mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative and fun leadership and career development programs. Student members learn how to become more marketable, and gain contacts in the business world that will help them accomplish their career objectives. Social events are also an important part of PBL activities.
Dr. Cullen Goenner
The UND Public Affairs Club is a student organization open to all students who have an interest in political science, current events, and public policy. The organization is closely affiliated with Pi Sigma Alpha, which is the political science undergraduate honor society. Together these two organizations host regular meetings and carry out events and fundraisers on campus and in the community.
Public Affairs Club Advisor
Dr. Brian Urlacher
The Sport Business Student Association (SBSA) provides all UND students who want to work in the field of sport business with opportunities to learn from and to network with successful industry professionals. The SBSA strives to provide opportunities for members to receive hands-on experience. This is achieved through meetings with invited speakers, organization outings to a variety of businesses and venues, volunteer opportunities, workshops, and organization-run events.
The SBSA's secondary purpose is to support the sport business program in the College of Business and Public Administration as a supplemental experience that enhances students' pursuits of a career in sport business.
Dr. David Flynn
Student Advisory Council Advisor
The Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) is an international organization of practicing HR professionals around the globe. UND SHRM is an official affiliate of SHRM. We also have a local chapter of HR professionals as an official affiliate of SHRM. They are the Northeastern Area Dakota Human Resource Association (NDAHRA).
SHRM and the NDAHRA have supported our student group in different ways. Local chapter members of NDAHRA have volunteered their time to give presentation on campus sponsored by UND SHRM. NDAHRA also provides funding for snacks at UND SHRM meetings.
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In the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), students receive hands-on experience in the field of finance by allowing them to actually manage a $1,000,000+ portfolio of equity and bonds. Students work in small groups conducting research and analysis, and prepare investment decisions. Students are responsible for managing all aspects of the Investment Fund: research, investment management, administration and client services.
Toastmasters is an organization that operates clubs in over 113 countries with the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. We are extremely fortunate to have our own club here at the University of North Dakota, for it provides an avenue for driven, competitive students to separate themselves from other students within their fields. Students from all majors and personal backgrounds come together to construct a camaraderie and environment that facilitates vast personal and professional growth of each individual. Speaking amongst respected peers at Toastmasters generates an atmosphere that is ideal for being less nervous and focusing more on what needs to be improved. Toastmasters is all about students helping students as well as having fun in a business-like manner, and the gains in leadership and communication abilities are sure to put members at an advantage as they launch into their professional careers.
The UND Toastmasters Club meets Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Please contact the Vice President of Membership for more information. Toastmasters is open to students of all majors.
CoBPA Student Honor Societies
Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals.
The purpose of Beta Alpha Psi is to recognize outstanding academic achievements in the field of accounting, finance, and information systems, promote the study and practice of professional fields related to these disciplines, provide opportunities for self-development and association among members and practicing financial professionals, and encourage a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibilities.
The above information was provided by www.bap.org.
Dee Ann Ellingson
Founded in 1913, the first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California. Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society that provides the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate (graduate) program at a school accredited by AACSB International.
The Mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.
Beta Gamma Sigma has 498 chapters at colleges and universities accredited by AACSB International. Additionally, the Society has established 24 Alumni Chapters in major metropolitan areas. The University of North Dakota became an affiliated chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma in 1926, and has been an active member for the past 84 years inducting 1211 members.
UND's Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter
UND's Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter is led by faculty advisor Donna Altepeter. Donna was inducted as member of Beta Gamma Sigma as she was completing her Masters of Accountancy Degree in 1985 and has been a member for twenty-five years. Through Altepeters leadership the membership has continued to grow by incorporating tapping ceremonies, which began to take place four years ago. "Schools that incorporate tapping ceremonies get a much higher acceptance rate," says Altepeter. A tapping ceremony is a formal way to invite students to become part of this elite honor society.
The Dean and Associate Dean along with the Faculty Advisor visit the classrooms of the new inductees to present the invitation and inform them on what it means to be part of Beta Gamma Sigma. A formal induction ceremony takes place at the end of the fall and spring semester with guest speakers, history of Beta Gamma Sigma, and a small social with family and friends to celebrate this honor.
Beta Gamm Sigma Advisor
Financial Management Association (FMA) bridges theory and practice by providing opportunities for professional interaction between academics, practitioners and students across the globe. In addition, FMA's Student Programs provide networking opportunities, career development resources and exclusive finance-related content.
The above information was provided by www.fma.org/Student.
Omicron Delta Epsilon confers distinction for academic excellence in economics.
Omnicron Delta Epsilon Advisor
Sigma Iota Epsilon is the honorary and professional management fraternity of the Academy of Management.
The above information was provided by: http://www.sienational.com/
Sigma Iota Epsilon Co-Advisors
Dr. David Hollingworth
Graduate Student Organizations and Honor Societies
The mission of the MBA Student Association is to establish social events and networking activities that are designed to be a significant additional benefit to the overall MBA program experience.
The monthly social activities of the MBA Student Association provide a round-table discussion designed to be enjoyable, while enhancing a dynamic MBA professional network. Some other networking activities consist of meetings with successful businessmen and women within the community, and various volunteering opportunities.
The MBA Student Association aims to connect on-campus and distance students through the use of technology that creates a level playing field, and is conducive to an equally rewarding experience for all involved. In addition, the association attempts to bridge the gap between students, faculty, and administration by acting as a medium through which information flows relating to matters of strategic importance.
MBA Student Association Co-Advisors
The Masters of Public Administration Student Organization is a networking organization that plans events and works to advance our members in the Public Administration field. All students enrolled in the MPA program are welcome to become a member of and participate in the group’s functions.
Through MPASO, students can have a chance to represent and be part of decisions made for the students of the MPA program, as well as plan events that help to enhance MPA students' educational and professional experiences.
Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society formed to recognize and promote excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration. In its constitution, the organization dedicates itself:
- to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration,
- to promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration, and
- to foster integrity, professionalism, and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities.
PAA membership identifies those with the highest performance levels in educational programs preparing them for public service careers. PAA honorary membership identifies those whose careers have best advanced the ideals of "integrity, professionalism, and creative performance" in public service.
The mission of PAA is advanced through the national organization and through the work of local Pi Alpha Alpha chapters established by collegiate programs in public affairs and administration which are affiliated with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
Pi Alpha Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the coordinating agency for collegiate honor societies which is dedicated to maintaining high standards for the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in higher education.
PAA Membership Criteria
Masters Degree Student Memberships – Students may be inducted from among the master’s degree students in the department, institute, or school wherever the Pi Alpha Alpha chapter membership is based provided:
- They have maintained a GPA of at least 3.7. A chapter may set higher GPA requirements if it chooses.
- Master degree students must have completed at least fifty percent (50%) of the required course work (a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours). A chapter may set a higher percent of completion if it chooses.
Doctoral students who meet the requirements for Pi Alpha Alpha masters degree student membership or who have completed all the requirements for the MPA or its equivalent, may be inducted without restriction as to number.
For more information visit Pi Alpha Alpha’s website.
Pi Alpha Alpha Advisor