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College of Business and Economic Development

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

This invitation-only, business honor society seeks to encourage scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, promote the advancement of education in the art and science of business, and foster integrity in the conduct of business activities. Beta Gamma Sigma chapters are only active at AACSB-accredited schools, which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world.

Faculty Advisory: Wanda Fennell

The Business Student Advisory Council is comprised of 1-2 officers from each student organization. The council serves as the voice of student needs, committed to improving the academic, social, and professional quality of education in the College of Business and Economic Development. 

Faculty Advisory: Dr. Stacey A. Hall

This organization prepares business majors for the professional world by encouraging scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice.

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Russ Willis

Phi Beta Lambda prepares its members for careers in business leadership by bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. This is part of the largest collegiate business student organization in the world, serving as a division of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL).

Alpha Kappa Psi's purpose is to further the individual welfare of its members and to foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, economics, business administration, and finance.

School of Accountancy students

Beta Alpha Psi is an accounting honor society. The purpose of this organization is to help accounting students better understand the professional requirements, laws, rules, and regulations governing the practice of accounting for the protection of future employers and clients. Members must have declared a concentration in accounting and have completed four or more semesters of accounting study.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Megan Leach

The goal of this organization is to help students grow as business professionals and accountants through networking, support, growth, professional development, and preparation of entering the career market. Our society strives to foster diversity, respect, inclusion, and social responsibility. All majors are welcome.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Maria Leach

School of Finance students 

This sanctioned chapter of FMA International offers students an opportunity to be part of an exclusive network of finance professionals, practitioners, and students around the world by providing resources for job searching, careers in finance, finance certifications, furthering education and networking.

This organization was created as an outlet for students to apply the concepts and tools taught in the finance major by investing in a real-time, mock portfolio.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Srinidhi Kanuri

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.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Miller 

School of Marketing students  

This professional association is for individuals who are leading the practice, teaching, and development of marketing worldwide. The chapter, which is open to all students interested in marketing, focuses on professional and leadership development, community service, and fundraising and is actively involved in the annual collegiate AMA conference where members learn, compete, and network in a professional marketing environment.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Melinda McLelland & Mr. Chris Balaski

This organization is open to all merchandising majors and any other enrolled student taking one or more Merchandising class. Membership in the organization promotes the professional development of the students enrolled in the Merchandising Program.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brigitte Burgess

This honor society, established in Spring 2017, is the first student organization for the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program.

The Sport Management Club is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and provides educational, social, and practical experiences for sport management majors and minors along with other majors as a means to network with business professionals.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brandon Allen

School of Management students  

The mission of the organization is to support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. the organization provides student entrepreneurs
with opportunities, events, chapter activities and conferences to help start businesses.

Faculty Advisory: Dr. SherRhonda Gibbs



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3101 Scianna Hall
118 College Dr. #5021
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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Long Beach, MS 39560

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