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The Seidman Presidents Council is composed of officers from the Seidman College of Business student organizations. Members work together to facilitate interaction among the Seidman student organizations; avoid overlap of extracurricular activities within Seidman; and assist with recruiting and orientation of incoming Seidman students. Members also serve as advisors to the Dean’s office, providing insight and assistance in a variety of areas.
The American Marketing Association of Grand Valley is an award-winning, student-run organization aimed at helping GVSU students network professionally with their peers, make lifetime connections, and learn to market themselves and their skills to potential employers. We provide fun opportunities for students interested in marketing and business by hosting expert speakers, touring agencies, providing professional development workshops, participating in philanthropic events, and arranging club networking socials.
The Grand Valley student chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization is an affiliate of the national CEO organization, which is the premier global entrepreneurship network serving more than 500 colleges and universities. The mission of CEO is to inform, support, and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation. Students meet regularly to network, train, and inspire students from all fields (business and non-business) to foster and encourage the transfer of innovative ideas to commercialization. Interaction with successful entrepreneurs locally, attendance at the national CEO conference, business plan competitions, and an intercollegiate online chat are a few of the group’s activities. All majors are welcome, bringing a rich multi-discipline flavor to the organization and its activities.
Faculty Co-Advisors: Tim Syfert and Shorouq Al-Mallah
Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community. The Lambda Xi Chapter at Grand Valley State University was established on April 19, 1986, focusing on brotherhood, networking, professional development and philanthropy. Chapter activities include bringing business leaders to campus, conducting fundraisers, organizing field trips, and offering social events. Membership is open to pre-business and business students from all Seidman business disciplines who meet Seidman College academic standards.
Faculty Advisor: Eric Hoogstra
The Economics Club of Grand Valley is open to all Grand Valley State University students who have an interest in economics and business. The Economics Club of Grand Valley is dedicated to creating an atmosphere which fosters learning and interaction between students with an interest in economics, GVSU economics faculty, and the community. The Club conducts numerous social and scholarly activities throughout the year, including current events panel discussions, job and internship opportunities updates, explorations about graduate and professional school opportunities, and field trips.
Faculty Co-Advisors: Christian Glupker
Open to any major at Grand Valley State University, the purpose of ESSU is to provide a better understanding of Enterprise Systems and their use in business. In addition, the organization provides a link between the university and companies who utilize Enterprise Systems, with a goal of obtaining internships and employment opportunities for its members. The organization hosts the ERP speaker series, provides networking opportunities with companies, conducts resume workshops and practice interviews, and provides tutoring to management information systems students. ESSU is open to all majors.
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.
Faculty Advisors: David Cannon
For more information, contact the School of Accounting, 616-331-7190 or visit their website.
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 and Anne Sergeant
For more information, contact the School of Accounting, 616-331-7190 or visit their website via LakerLink
Phi Chi Theta is one of the nation’s premier business and economics fraternities. The mission of Phi Chi Theta is to provide an opportunity to develop and practice those professional leadership skills and abilities necessary to succeed in the business community; to provide a local and national network to share resources, ideas and concepts; to instill in its membership those values, codes and creeds which will enable participation in a rapidly changing world: and to enable members to develop the business astuteness necessary to achieve high esteem and success in their chosen fields; to promote the cause of higher business education and training for all individuals, to foster high ideals for everyone pursuing a career in business; to encourage fraternity and cooperation among people preparing for such careers; and to stimulate the spirit of sacrifice and unselfish devotion to the attainment of such ends. Phi Chi Theta strives to provide academically inclined programming, professional and personal development, and future career opportunities for its members.
Faculty Advisor: Gerry Simons
The purpose of this organization shall be to provide students the resources to effectively learn and engage in advanced selling techniques. These techniques will encompass the development of professional presentation skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, ethical sales practices, networking skills, and leadership in the field of professional selling.
Faculty Advisors: Vivek Dalela & Mark Kubik
The goal of the Seidman IPO is to foster interaction among students and enhance their career opportunities. We are always seeking students who are interested in personal investing, portfolio management, the markets, and economics. The activities of the club include biweekly meetings, trips, speakers, and social events. The primary function of the club has been the management of a portfolio of securities, which was donated to the school. The club has complete power over the investments involved.
Faculty Advisor: Eric Hoogstra
The Seidman Supply Chain Management Association is a student organization focused on providing opportunities to students interested in Supply Chain Management and Operations. The organization hosts a variety of events for students including plant tours, guest speakers, professional development meetings, networking events, and recruiting events. We also participate in volunteer work and supply chain management case competitions throughout the school year. The opportunities we provide give members the edge they need to launch themselves into a successful career within Supply Chain Management or Operations. The organization includes members of APICS, CSCMP, and ISA organizations allowing the organizations to easily collaborate on events and projects.
Faculty Co-Advisors: Lori Koste and Vivek Dalela
The purpose of the SHRM is to aid its members in becoming more effective in the field through group projects and activities, publications, speakers, and employment assistance.
Faculty Advisor: Dan Wiljanen Email: email@example.com
For more information, contact the Management Department. Phone: 616-331-7490
Grand Valley State Women in Business (WIB) is an undergraduate student organization (for all majors and genders) founded to empower and enable women to reach their fullest potential through the expansion of professional and personal opportunities, with a focus on business, leadership, and female celebration and innovation.
Faculty Advisor: Carol Sanchez
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
The Grand Valley State University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, a national honor society in business administration, promotes high scholarship in business education by recognizing and rewarding scholastic attainment in business subjects.
Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is awarded once each year to undergraduate and graduate students who are in the top 7 percent of the junior class, the top 10 percent of the senior class, and the top 20 percent of graduating master’s students. Induction occurs annually near the end of the Winter Semester.
Faculty Co-Advisors: Asli Akbulut and Yatin Bhagwat
Grand Valley State University is home to Omicron Delta Epsilon’s Rho Chapter of Michigan. Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international honor society for economics and is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon include recognition of scholastic attainment, the honoring of outstanding achievement in economics, and the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities, and among colleges and universities.
Membership is open primarily to economics majors (although non-majors who have a significant interest in economics will also be considered) who have completed at least 12 credit hours of economics courses, have at least an overall “B” average at Grand Valley State University and a minimum 3.0 GPA in their economics courses, and be ranked in the top third of their class. Induction occurs annually near the end of the Winter Semester.
For more information, contact the Economics Department:
Faculty Advisor: Dan Giedeman