Student Organizations

In your college journey, not only do you need a map, but you also need traveling companions who share your same interests.  At The University of Southern Mississippi, student organizations provide avenues to meet those people.  The College of Business and Economic Development has a number of student groups available to meet your needs.  Not only does being a part of an organization enhance your college experience, but it also opens many doors to your future.

College of Business and Economic Development Students: 

Alpha Kappa Psi
This group is for undergraduates and graduates enrolled and pursuing a degree in commerce, economics, or business administration. Its purpose is to further the individual welfare of its members and to foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, accounts, and finance.

Beta Gamma Sigma | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Wanda Fennell
This organization seeks to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students of business and administration, to promote the advancement of education in the art and science of business, and to foster integrity in the conduct of business activities.

Business Student Advisory Council | Advisor: Dr. Stacey A. Hall
The Business Student Advisory Council is comprised of one or two officers from each of the student organizations in the College of Business and Economic Development. 

Delta Sigma Pi | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Russ Willis
This organization prepares business majors for the professional world; to encourage scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; and to foster the study of business in universities.

Phi Beta Lambda
Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is the collegiate division of the parent organization Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL). Phi Beta Lambda is the largest collegiate business student organization in the world. This organization prepares its members for careers in business leadership. The organization’s mission statement is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. 


School of Accountancy Students: 

Beta Alpha Psi | Faculty Advisor: Valerie Simmons
This organization is for members who have declared a concentration in accounting and have completed at least four semesters of accounting study. Its purpose is to help students better understand the professional requirements, laws, rules, and regulations governing the practice of accounting for the protection of our future employers and clients of ourselves as representatives of the profession.

College of Business Accounting Society (Gulf Park) | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maria Leach
USM’s Accounting Society Gulf Park focuses on students who have selected accounting as their major but it is open to all majors. Our goal is to help students grow as business professionals and accountants. Our monthly meetings inform students about steps that should be taken to enter the career market. Attendance and membership benefits include networking, support, growth, and professional development. Our Accounting Society strives to foster diversity, respect, inclusion, and social responsibility.



School of Finance Students: 

Financial Management Association
The Financial Management Association is a sanctioned chapter of FMA International.  Membership in the FMA offers students an opportunity to be part of an exclusive network of finance professionals, practitioners, and students around the world. The FMA provides resources for job searching, careers in finance, finance certifications, furthering education and networking.

Investment Club | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Srinidhi Kanuri
The founding members started the club so that students could apply the concepts and tools learned in the finance major to invest in a real-time portfolio.  The Investment Club members currently manage a mock portfolio.

Student Economic Development Association (SEDA) | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Miller The goal of the Student Economic Development Association (SEDA) is to provide a student organization made up of both graduate and undergraduate students that want to pursue careers that will promote economic development on a local, regional, national, and international level.


School of Marketing Students:  

American Marketing Association | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melinda McLelland & Mr. Chris Balaski
The American Marketing Association (AMA) is the professional association for individuals and organizations who are leading the practice, teaching, and development of marketing worldwide. The Southern Miss AMA chapter focuses on professional and leadership development, community service, fundraising, and more.  The USM chapter is actively involved in the annual collegiate AMA conference where members learn, compete, and network in a professional marketing environment. Membership is open to all students with an interest in marketing. 

Fashion Merchandising Organization | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brigitte Burgess
The Fashion Merchandising Organization is open to all Merchandising majors and any other enrolled student taking one or more Merchandising classes. Membership in the organization promotes the professional development of the students enrolled in the Merchandising Program. 

Eta Sigma Delta | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Juwon Choi
The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program of Southern Miss established a chapter of the Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) honor society in the spring of 2017 with the induction of 17 students. ESD is the only honor society in hospitality and tourism and the first student organization for the HTM program.

Sport Management Club | Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brandon Allen
The purpose of this club is to provide educational, social, and practical experiences for sport management majors and minors along with other majors. It exists for undergraduate and graduate students in the sport management field as a means to network with other professionals.