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Accounting Student Organizations
We are delighted that you are thinking about a business major, and we would like to highlight a very important part of the successful student's business curriculum: Student Business Organizations. While each organization is unique, all of them share a few important benefits to you:
- Growth of knowledge in your career area.
- Networking with professionals in the field.
- Added credibility to your resume.
- Social involvement.
Remember, college is more than just attending classes. It means meeting new people, exploring new options, growing in ways you never thought possible, and having a great time while doing it all. So, we would like to help you link into one (or more than one) of Seidman's student business organizations.
To view all organizations within Seidman:
Seidman Student Organizations
Beta Alpha Psi Kappa Beta Chapter
Beta Alpha Psi is a national scholastic and professional honors society. The primary objective of the society is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the field of accounting, finance, and information systems. Grand Valley State University’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi is dedicated to enhancing career opportunities and providing a social environment for persons of similar life goals. The chapter has regular meetings, sponsors speakers, participates in outreach programs such as the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, and holds numerous social events. Members have the opportunity to attend regional meetings and national meetings held in different cities each year. Membership allows students to learn firsthand about elements of a successful accounting career and ensures multiple network opportunities with practicing professional accountants.
Membership is open to any part- or full-time student majoring in accounting or finance at Grand Valley State University with an upper level cumulative GPA in declared area of concentration of at least a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) and a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.0 (or an overall GPA of 3.25 for the last 35 credits).
Faculty Co-Advisors: Lara Kessler - Associate Professor
Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Grand Valley Student Chapter
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is a group that focuses on the profession of Internal Auditing. Meetings consist of bringing in Internal Audit professionals, presentations on professional certifications, and trips to Internal Audit shops. IIA also offers students information to help students succeed in careers in internal auditing such as exam prep courses.
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Grand Valley Student Chapter
IMA is dedicated to educating students of Accounting and Finance about the profession of Management Accountancy. The purpose of IMA is to provide networking, learning, and career opportunities for students interested in management accounting. It encourages the highest ethical standards and promotes professionalism in the dynamic world of managerial accounting by networking with other students, faculty, and business professionals. Through professional events, such as guest speakers, lectures about current events in the fields of accounting and finance and recruiting events, students gain valuable professional credentials along with various professional opportunities. The IMA also sponsors conferences, scholarships, and competitions solely for student members.
Faculty Co-Advisors: David Centers - Affiliate Instructor and Anne Sergeant - Associate Professor
For more information, contact the School of Accounting, (616) 331-7190 or visit their website via LakerLink