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The Robins School of Business goes beyond just a "business school experience;" life here reaches beyond the classroom walls. Our business school is a community where students have the opportunity to connect with each other, faculty, alumni and corporate executives through a variety of student organizations.

The Robins School of Business offers a wide range of opportunities for our students to tailor their business school experience with hands-on learning experiences.

We strongly encourage our business school students to get involved in student organizations to enrich their college experience. Student organizations open the doors to new friendships, networking, professional growth and job opportunities. There are opportunities at the Robins School of Business for students of all disciplines.

RSB Student Organization Fair

September 10, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Queally Hall, Moelchert Commons

Accounting Society

The Accounting Society is open to all business students interested in accounting and the accounting profession, regardless of class year or major. With the help of career services, the Accounting Society puts on various professional development events throughout the year, such as resume workshops, student run panels, and an accounting mentorship program. Our organization also invites various speakers, including recruiters and local accounting professionals, to talk about the various opportunities in the field after graduation. Informal discussion meetings create a space to talk about business related issues and current topics in accounting. These meetings also give us the chance to meet our fellow accounting majors and form a larger community inside the business school. If you’re interested in learning more about the accounting society, feel free to contact President Maryam Tahseen at Maryam.tahseen@richmond.edu.

Alpha Kappa Psi

Alpha Kappa Psi is the largest and oldest co-ed professional business fraternity in the nation. The University of Richmond's Delta Zeta Chapter thrives on the active participation of each member through various committees and officer positions. 

The fraternity provides unique opportunities for students, allowing them to become better prepared for their future careers. Students attend workshops where they can meet leaders from a wide range of professions to gain insight on desired career paths, strengthen their resumes, build a great networking group, and perfect interviewing skills. Currently, AKPsi is involved in organizing Q-camp, a weekend-long conference that is held every year and teaches students business etiquette, interviewing skills, while also offering valuable information in finding internships. AKPsi addresses a strong sense of brotherhood, through visiting nearby universities, where students are able to network with other members and alumni. Through these resources, students are able to acquire skills, such as project management, team building, and public speaking. Alpha Kappa Psi prepares students to become leaders and helps them to succeed in the professional world.

Founded in 1904 at New York University, the fraternity has expanded to over 300 chapters nationwide consisting of over 200,000 members. Its alumni base include notable figures, such as Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, the Founder of Marriott, 25 US Senators, the President of Bank of America, and many more.

The University of Richmond's Delta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi was originally founded in 1955 and left campus in 2004. It was re-chartered in 2010, and is currently run by a dedicated Executive Board comprised of student members. The faculty advisor is Professor Phil Rohrbach.

For more information, please contact Laura Suarez, vice-president of membership, at laura.suarez@richmond.edu, or refer to the national website: http://www.akpsi.org

American Marketing Association

The University of Richmond's student chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) is an active member of the national American Marketing Association. The AMA chapter hosts several events and activities throughout the academic year to educate Robins School of Business marketing students. Students learn about careers in marketing, develop professional skills, and receive certifications they can use after graduation.

Students in AMA have the opportunity to:

  • Network with marketing professionals
  • Travel to area marketing firms
  • Connect with an upperclass mentor

Members have access to the national AMA website, where they can use the job bank of hiring marketing firms, and receive guidance on resume and cover letter writing.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Bill Bergman. Richmond chapter membership dues are $12, along with national AMA dues, which are $50. Total membership includes access to AMA's website, and a subscription to Marketing News, a periodical put out by the American Marketing Association. National dues also include membership to the Richmond professional chapter. The Robins School strongly recommends that all those who concentrate in marketing become active members.

Visit our website or email Brandon West, AMA president, at Brandon.West@richmond.edu for additional information.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. The purpose of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members. A major emphasis of the society is to foster ethical business leadership. Beta Gamma Sigma members reside in over 160 countries and 525 chapters. The faculty advisor is Dr. Joyce Van der Laan Smith.

Delta Sigma Pi

The International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi or DSP, is one of the largest professional fraternities in addition to being one of the largest co-ed professional business fraternities in the world. Tailored to and focused solely around business majors, DSP offers a special environment for tremendous personal and professional growth opportunities. University of Richmond’s Rho Omega Chapter, recently established, is growing at a rapid rate and is comprised of dedicated members looking to leave a lasting impact.

A professional fraternity such as Delta Sigma Pi offers an ideal balance of professionalism and social interaction. The fraternity sponsors various activities ranging from speakers, tours, seminars, community service events, fundraising and social activities. These unique opportunities along with our vast networks of brotherhood in nearby universities, DSP is able to give their members the edge required to establish a successful career and valuable professional network that will extend far beyond the years in college. Additionally, we attend at least two conferences every year in various cities in the US to meet fellow brothers from across the nation. We pride ourselves for our strong network, our community outreach and our life-time brotherhood.

Delta Sigma Pi was founded in 1907 at New York University and is currently headquartered in Oxford, Ohio. The Fraternity has over 250 actives chapters with over 235,000 initiated members worldwide. Few notable alumni that are members of Delta Sigma Pi include the CEO of Procter and Gamble Company, the president of General Motors Corporation, the CFO of Merrill Lynch, the Chairman Emeritus of PWC, the CEO of Intel, and many more. Dean Nancy Bagranoff of the Robins School of Business is a fellow brother of Delta Sigma Pi.

The University of Richmond’s Rho Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi was established on April 20, 2013. Acquiring a chapter status within a single semester, we were applauded by the Grand President of Delta Sigma Pi for accomplishing a task that usually takes 2-3 years in less than 6 months. Our organization is led by an executive board, which is comprised of University of Richmond students. Our faculty advisor is Dr. Andrea Waddle. 

For more information, email Sarah.hipwell@richmond.edu  or Julia.schwartz@richmond.edu, or visit Delta Sigma Pi’s website, https://dspnet.org/.

Entrepreneurship Club

The Entrepreneurship Club hosts a series of events to support two tracks of career interest among students: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital. The Entrepreneurship Club is open to all students, regardless of major, and encourages and assists students to start their own business, from ideation to business plan development. It also allows students to learn how to evaluate start-up companies and structure deals. 

Entrepreneurship Club sponsored events include:

  • Speaker Series-Inviting UR entrepreneur alumni and Venture Capital firm representatives to speak with students
  • Focused Friday Workshops
  • Trips to Local Businesses
  • Venture Storms-Entrepreneurial brainstorming sessions 
  • Business Pitch Competition

A growing number of Robins School students are interested in entrepreneurship. The Robins School has recruited mentors and guides to assist these students in their entrepreneurial ventures. These advisors are also available to mentor non-business students who enter the Business Pitch Competition and advise current Management 347 and Management 350 students. 

  • Karen Booth Adams-Founder, Genesis Consulting
  • Casey Bunn-Founder, RSVPHere.com
  • Joel Erb (UR Grad)-Founder, INM United
  • Roy Goodman-CFO, Luck Companies
  • Remo Kommnick (UR grad)-Founder, TechHatch.org, Imprvd.com
  • Tom Lawrence (UR Grad)-Founder, GroundWork Design
  • Jim Popp (UR Grad)-Founder, University Instructors
  • Laura Posey-Founder, Dancing Elephants Achievement Group

For more information, contact President Nik Zapata.

Finance Society

The Finance Society will expose you to different finance career paths, and it’s never too early to start preparing for the recruiting process.

We have developed a curriculum that will assist you to get competitive internships in investment banking, sales & trading, asset management, and corporate finance. After this semester, your resume will have the bullet points you need to stand out to a finance recruiter.

Guided by co-presidents who have successfully gone through the finance recruiting process, here is a sample of programs planned for this semester:

  • Workshop and networking with Stifel Financial Corp (a middle market investment bank)
  • Precise point of contacts at every major bank that you need to network with
  • Resources provided for studying for interviews
  • Lessons on Bloomberg, Valuation Methods, Investing
  • Mock Investment Portfolio competition
  • Daily info on school events, internship opportunities

Guest speakers from:

  • Blue Heron Capital
  • Boxwood Partners Investment Bank
  • BB&T Capital Markets
  • Stifel Financial Corp
  • UR Career Services

During the academic year, meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in Queally Hall, room Q292. The faculty advisor is Dr. Jerry Stevens.

If you have additional questions or interest in being added to our email list, email Hershal Chaddha hershal.chaddha@richmond.edu or Jason Dotzel jason.dotzel@richmond.edu.

International Business Student Association

The International Business Student Association (IBSA) is a pre-professional organization that enhances the understanding of issues related to international business and promotes international career opportunities among members of the Richmond community. The organization is officially recognized by the University of Richmond and maintains close ties with the Office of Alumni and Career Services, as well as other student groups at the Robins School of Business.

The undergraduate international business program is ranked #4 in the U.S. and benefits from a diverse community of exchange students and students who have studied abroad. These students have a long legacy of membership and contribution to the International Business Student Association.

In an effort to expose students to international business opportunities and current issues, IBSA hosts case studies, speakers, panel events, and round table discussions. The IBSA’s current advisor is Dr. Steve Tallman.

For additional information, contact IBSA President Nicole D’Onofrio at Nicole.donofrio@richmond.edu.

Lakeside Consulting Group (LCG)

Lakeside Consulting Group (LCG) engages with local organizations to provide consultation for solving their operational or strategic problems. Students will gain real-world consulting experience while working in small teams of fellow, highly-qualified student consultants. Throughout the semester, consultants will receive various forms of training to help them complete their engagement (e.g., an introduction to data analytics). Furthermore, this high-stake, real consulting engagement that has potential to transform their client’s organization and will culminate with a final presentation of an implementation plan for the clients

In addition, LCG will help its members develop strong resumes, and the organization will provide mentorship for underclassmen beginning their job search. A focus of LCG is establishing strong relationships with top consulting firms to provide direct recruitment channels for its members.

Recruitment for LCG occurs at the beginning of each semester, and is occurs through a formal application process. Selected students will go through group as well as individual interviews to ensure final teams will be cohesive.

The current president of LCG is John Iannuzzi, and faculty member Shital Thekdi supports and mentors the club.

For additional information, please contact the LCG at urlakeside@gmail.com.

Lambda Chapter Omicron Delta Epsilon (international honor society in economics)

Membership in ODE requires an overall GPA of 3.0 and economics GPA of 3.3. A student must have senior standing and at least 15 credit hours of economics course work. Invitations to join and information about the initiation banquet are sent to qualifying students each spring semester.

The Society was founded at the University of Wisconsin and Harvard University in 1915 and has remained an active organization at the national level. ODE's activities include the publication of its official journal, The American Economist, and the regular sponsoring of panel discussions at national and regional professional meetings. The Society also sponsors the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions, grants awarded annually for economic scholarship by graduate and/or undergraduate students.

Among the stated objectives of ODE are "recognition of scholastic achievement in economics...and the establishment of closer academic and social ties between students and faculty." These are the principal functions we envision for the ODE chapter at the University of Richmond, although students interested in participating in the Society's national activities are strongly encouraged and would be assisted by the faculty sponsor in doing so.

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Robert C. Dolan

Student Government Association

The Robins School of Business Student Government Association (SGA) is open to any student who is majoring in business. All students are elected to their positions. The organization is comprised of an Executive Council, which includes a president, VP of administration, VP of finance and VP of student affairs, and senators. 

The SGA is charged with initiating, undertaking and organizing various projects pertaining to the Robins School of Business. Initiatives arise from within the organization as well as from non-members who address the body with specific ideas. Among these projects are the annual Senior Dinner, serving on the Dean's Student Advisory Group and assisting with special events and guest speakers that arise during the course of the year. Additionally, the SGA has been working closely with the Office of Alumni and Career Services to more efficiently realize student's internship and job goals.

The SGA faculty advisor is Associate Dean Dr. Joyce Van der Laan Smith. Elected officers for the 2018-19 academic year are: Cole Hurford, president, Mike Law, vice president of administration, Brandon Kunick, vice president of finance, Nebeu Fekede, vice president of student affairs, and Senators Andrew Nummy, Bobby Beers, Jared De Perio, Kyle Sheehan, Megan McNitt, and Sam Chapin.

UR FinTech

UR FinTech is a recently launched club at the University of Richmond. Our focus is to deliver value to its members and its following of forward-thinking individuals, with an interest in the FinTech space.

UR FinTech offers students first-hand exposure to the alternative career paths that they did not know existed. For students who pursue more traditional careers in Finance, they can benefit from an understanding of how FinTech is shaping their respective field and how to adapt to those changes upon entering the workforce.

In addition to helping the club maintain an online presence, members will hear from and network with some important names in FinTech. Just this spring, Caribou Honig, a well-known FinTech VC and visionary, came to share his experiences and insights for the space moving forward.

Whatever career they may pursue upon graduation, members will have a portfolio of content which they can leverage – a far greater tool than three bullet points on a resume. Moreover, members will help establish UR FinTech as a valuable resource for future Spiders as the FinTech space continues to grow in magnitude and complexity.

For more information, visit our website or contact ben.smith1@richmond.edu

Women in Business

Issues with gender disparities in the workplace are not just a women's issue, but a people's issue. 

One of the newest clubs in the Robins School of Business, Women in Business (WIB), is a co-ed network to support women in business. In the end, WIB works to highlight women in the Richmond community, provide networking and mentorship programs for underclass business students, and address workplace challenges.  

Since this is WIB's first semester as an organization, please stay tuned for upcoming events and networking opportunities. We look forward to hosting different companies who support balancing the gender disparity in their workplace, as well as collaborating with the Robins School of Business and career services for additional events.

If you have questions, contact Rachael Overland at rachael.overland@richmond.edu.

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