The Liberty University School of Business offers a variety of student-led organizations, both co-curricular and extra-curricular. These student groups are not only a way for students to form relationships with their peers and put their classroom knowledge to use, but also for them to have the opportunity to learn from professionals in their career field and network.
These professionally minded clubs feature activities and events including guest speakers, industry days and career treks. Many of these organizations are also chapters of global organizations allowing students to transition from college-based organizations to full-on professional status.
Student organizations active at the Liberty University School of Business include:
The Accounting Society was formed to equip accounting students with the tools they need to become beacons of Christ in the business environment. Social events are offered to allow students the opportunity to network with other accounting students, professors, and business professionals from the community. The Accounting Society also regularly hosts meetings in which business professionals present information on accounting-related topics, including technical updates, interview skills, and expectations for life after graduation. Professional relationships are maintained with various employers, including national, regional, and local accounting firms and private companies so that Society members can remain informed of valuable internship and career opportunities.
Faculty Sponsor: Professor Jamie Stowe
The mission of the International Business Council is to create an environment in which students can become a cohesive group through educational, social, community and professional activities; develop greater multicultural appreciation; and, expand their awareness of career-related opportunities. Students will have opportunities to network with each other across national boundaries and to develop contacts with professional organizations and commercial enterprises. Student members will also have the opportunity to improve their leadership skills through involvement in elective offices.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Stephen Preacher
The Financial Management Association (FMA) is an official student club affiliated with the Financial Management Association International. FMA offers its members the opportunity for personal and professional growth through leadership, career development, and social networking. The local leadership team organizes regular meetings with local finance professionals in order to give FMA members exposure to a number of potential career fields in the finance arena (e.g., corporate finance, fixed-income securities, equities, wealth management, banking, etc.). The leadership team organizes tours of local manufacturing operations to give life to the practical lessons learned in the classroom. Additionally, the club runs investment simulation contests (with cash prizes) in the fall and spring terms, that are only open to its members. FMA is the perfect place for finance students to meet other students who share the same interests and passions. In order to become a member, apply today. Be sure to select the Liberty University chapter. Membership for both the international and local FMA is currently just $35 per year or $50 for two years, total.
Faculty Sponsor: Professor Scott Ehrhorn
Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together a diverse network of university students, academic professionals and industry leaders around the shared mission of creating a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. By contributing their talents to projects that improve the lives of people worldwide, Enactus participants are demonstrating that individuals with a knowledge and passion for business can be a powerful force for change.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. George Young
Association of Marketing Professionals (AMP) is affiliated with the American Marketing Association and serves as a networking opportunity for students who have an interest in pursuing a sales or marketing career. Members of the Liberty University AMP have participated at the national level of the AMA Collegiate Case Competition for three consecutive years (2009-2011), placing in the final four chapters in 2010 and 2011. The 2012-2013 team was a national semi-finalist. Each year, the chapter invites successful alumni to participate on a panel to share their work experiences and share with students the attributes the managers seek in job applicants. In addition, we sponsor guest speakers and enjoy social events like picnics and dinners. We also participate in sales/marketing-related activities on behalf of non-profits and to raise funds for the chapter. These opportunities prepare our students for a successful career.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Kendrick Brunson
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is an organization set out to train our business students on the various human resource practices that are essential to successfully run the HR department within an organization. The LU chapter is one of the largest in the nation and has not only been successful in numbers, but also in achievements, as the competition teams have won numerous awards and national merit awards. As a student member of this organization you will form relationships form relationships with local SHRM professionals.
Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Dave Calland
The Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society is a unique opportunity to be honored for your academic achievements and to be a part of The Association of College Honor Societies, which was founded in 1925. The School of Business is focused on training, encouraging and preparing students to become passionate business men and women for Christ. Accepting this honor sets you apart among your peers and recognizes your hard work and determination. Students who display a high standard of excellence are invited to join this exclusive honor society for Business students.
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Terry Conner