Student-oriented Business Organizations
Culverhouse recognizes that a student’s ambition often exceeds the ability that the classroom contains. The Culverhouse student body has access to a very broad offering of transcurricular programs and organizations that promote networking among students and working professionals.
These organizations derive their relevance to students from their close affiliation with Culverhouse academic programs. All organizations are administered by The Source, UA’s place for campus involvement and engagement.
The purpose of the UA ACFE is to provide students with an educational and social organization that promotes anti-fraud knowledge and provides students with opportunities to develop education, research, leadership and networking skills in the field of fraud examination.
Alpha Kappa Psi
Nationally established in 1904, Alpha Kappa Psi is the oldest and largest national coeducational professional business fraternity. Originally established at UA in 1924, it was rechartered by a national effort in 1997. AKPsi members sponsor career-building seminars which allow networking with business leaders. Membership is for business majors with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
Up to Thirty-five (35) Culverhouse College of Commerce juniors may be chosen from students who apply to participate in two years of business honors seminars. Those who complete the two year program will earn Honors College credits for selected Culverhouse College of Commerce classes and graduate with Business Honors recognition.
The students in this group are selected to serve as ambassadors for the College. Commerce Associates represent the student body at functions such as the Alabama Business Hall of Fame induction, Board of Visitors meetings and alumni events.
Alabama Finance Association (AFA)
The AFA promotes interaction of the academic and business worlds by bringing speakers to campus from around the country. Participation in the association helps students develop leadership skills, in addition to providing them opportunities to exchange ideas with leaders of the financial community. Any student interested in finance may join.
This organization carries forward a series of projects each year designed to bring its student members into close contact with the problems of the insurance world and to give them an opportunity to meet leading insurance people around the world. By participating in the society’s seminars, convocations and colloquia, students have an opportunity to learn how to manage activities since the full responsibility for the success of each program rests with students. Members of the Alabama Finance Association are eligible to join.
Alabama Management Society (AMS)
The Management program sponsors the AMS, and membership is open to all business students. Meetings are held every Monday during the fall and spring terms.
American Marketing Association (AMA)
The Marketing program sponsors this chapter for students interested in general marketing management, advertising, marketing research, professional salesmanship, retail management and international marketing. The AMA furthers the professional development of its members and promotes a closer relationship between members and marketing practitioners. Any student interested in marketing may join.
Alabama Information Management Society
This organization promotes the interests of persons involved in Business Data Processing. The student chapter engages in both professional and social activities, and seeks to supplement the educational experience of undergraduates in information systems programs. Any student interested in MIS may join.
ENACTUS (Entrepreneurs in Action for US)
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.Guided by academic advisors who are named Sam M. Walton Fellows in honor of the late Walmart founder, and business experts, the student leaders of Enactus create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. They help budding entrepreneurs get their plans off the ground and mentor at-risk students, inspiring them to reach for their dreams. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.
The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Culverhouse Chapter
INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of Analytics Professionals and Operations Researchers including educators, scientists, students, managers, analysts, and consultants. The Institute serves as a focal point for analytics and O.R. professionals, permitting them to communicate with each other and reach out to other professional societies, as well as the varied clientele of the profession’s research and practice.
UA Capital Management
UA Capital Management is a group of undergraduate students who act as buy-side analysts covering mid to large-cap US equities with a value-oriented philosophy. As an analyst, each member has the responsibility to both source and research investment opportunities and then pitch their ideas to both the other analysts and the management team of the group. Through this process, members are able to both develop a personal investment philosophy and learn the tenets of a value-oriented approach to evaluating stocks.
This organization is an affiliate of the Financial Management Association. It encourages and rewards scholarship and accomplishment among undergraduate and graduate students of Business, Finance or Banking.
NABA promotes black and minority business professionals by helping them forge their way into the business profession and easing the course of those already in business. There are over 200,000 black professionals who the NABA has helped within the business world.
Capstone Minority Information Systems Society (CMISS)
CMISS is a student organization built upon the goal of increasing diversity in information systems and increasing the overall academic and social well-being of all our members through our mentoring programs. Diversity brings different people together, with different ideas, and increases the capacity of knowledge. As we grow and move forward, we will need to continue to realize this as a key area of opportunity and work hard to make this a reality.
The University of Alabama Sales Program
The University of Alabama Sales Program is a group of students selected to represent the sales program’s corporate efforts. Ambassadors plan and promote events, host corporate recruiters, and build professional relationships with top executives;
Culverhouse Investment Management Group (CIMG)
The CIMG is a team of undergraduate students who manage an equity investment portfolio. By giving members real portfolio management experience, the group’s members act as buy-side analysts who identify undervalued assets and estimate their true value.
Women in Information Technology (WIT)
WIT is a student organization focused on professional development, outreach, community service, team building and supporting women in IT-related fields. While this organization is focused on women, anyone is welcome to join.
Society of Operations Management Students (SOMS)
This organization promotes interest in the field of operations management. The student chapter engages in both professional and social activities to supplement the educational experiences of undergraduates in operations management programs. Planned activities each year include trips to local and regional operations facilities and presentations from career counselors and representatives from the industry. Any student interested in operations management may join.
Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Sigma Pi is the national professional commerce fraternity. The objectives of the fraternity are to encourage scholarship, professional spirit, good fellowship and high ethical standards among its members, and to advance the interests of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and of The University of Alabama. Criteria for membership are a 2.5 GPA and demonstrated leadership.
Healthcare Management Society (HCMS)
HCMS promotes the interaction of Healthcare Management students and practitioners throughout the Southeast. Any student in healthcare may join.
Culverhouse Real Estate Club
The Culverhouse Real Estate Club (CREC) is sponsored by the Alabama Center for Real Estate. The student organization is open to all undergraduates, graduates and alumni with an interest in real estate. Our goal is to promote professional excellence through the communication between the academic and business communities, to assist students in the transition into careers, and to develop future leaders in the real estate industry.
Alpha Mu Alpha
The American Marketing Association established Alpha Mu Alpha as an honorary student society. The major objective is to recognize the scholarship of undergraduate and graduate Marketing students. Students eligible for membership include 1.) the top 10 percent of all undergraduate senior Marketing students who are graduating within the academic school year; 2.) the top 20 percent of all master’s students concentrating in Marketing; and 3.) all doctoral students majoring in Marketing who have completed their course work and passed their comprehensive examinations.
Advisor: Dr. Glenn Richey 205-348-2826
Alpha Sigma Gamma
The Alabama Center for Real Estate sponsors the Alpha Sigma Gamma International Real Estate Honor Society, the only international organization for the recognition of real estate student excellence in the world. To be inducted into the real estate society, one must have completed at least six hours of real estate classes, have a 3.5 GPA overall and a 3.7 GPA in all completed real estate courses. Most students are inducted the last semester of their senior year.
Advisor: Rachel Jennings 205-348-0188
Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi is the national honorary accounting fraternity. The purposes of the fraternity are to promote the study of accountancy and to introduce students to the accounting profession. Accounting majors who meet the high scholastic requirements of Beta Alpha Psi and who have completed six hours of Accounting (AC 310 or above) courses at The University of Alabama are eligible for membership.
Advisor: Jill Datema, 205-348-2909
Beta Gamma Sigma
This chapter is an international honorary fraternity for students in collegiate schools of business and commerce. Membership in The University of Alabama chapter is offered based upon scholarship, leadership and character. While juniors in the top 7 percent of their class are invited to join, the majority of undergraduate members are chosen from the top 10 percent of the senior class. On the graduate level, only the top 20 percent of candidates for the master’s degree may be considered for membership. Candidates for the Ph.D. degree who have completed all requirements for that degree may be elected without restriction as to number.
Advisors: Joe Calamusa 205-348-2826; Dr. Dave Heggem 205-348-4537
Mu Kappa Tau
Mu Kappa Tau is the national honorary society in the field of marketing. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students in Marketing who have met the following academic standards: juniors in the top 10 percent of class; seniors in the top 20 percent of class and an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher; and graduate students with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Advisor: Glenn Richey 205-348-2826
Gamma Iota Sigma is a national insurance fraternity that serves as the honorary insurance organization at The University of Alabama. Admission is open to Insurance students with a 3.0 or higher GPA and other students who have an overall GPA of at least 3.5 and an interest in insurance as an academic discipline or career. Programs involve presentations on the scientific aspects of insurance by distinguished professionals in this field.
Advisor: William Rabel 205-348-7842
Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE)
ODE is an international honor society in the field of economics. The objectives are to confer distinction for high scholastic achievement in Economics, to stimulate and promote student interest in all aspects of economics, and to publish an official journal, The American Economist. Membership in the Beta Chapter at The University of Alabama is open to students who meet the national standards of scholarship. Undergraduate members are selected from the top 35 percent of the class, and must maintain a 2.75 GPA or higher overall and better than a 2.75 average for all work in Economics. Graduate members are similarly elected from the top 35 percent of those majoring in Economics and maintaining better than a B average.
Advisor: James Cover 205-348-7842
Mu Sigma Rho
Mu Sigma Rho is a national honorary fraternity for statistics whose purpose is to bring together students and faculty members interested in the application of statistical methods in the social and physical sciences. Undergraduate students having a B or better average for 12 or more semester hours in statistics, and a 2.75 or higher overall average GPA are eligible for membership. Graduate students are also eligible for membership.
Advisor: Michael Adams 205-348-6085