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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.

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.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Ashley Austin.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Accounting Society, feel free to contact Rebecca Fagan, president, at rebecca.fagan@richmond.edu.

Accounting Society Website

Alpha Kappa Psi

Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi) 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. The AKPsi fraternity 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 includes 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 Instructor in Marketing Bill Bergman.

For more information, please contact Laurel Suchsland, president, at laurel.suchsland@richmond.edu or refer to the national website: http://www.akpsi.org.

Alpha Kappa Psi Website

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 many events and activities throughout the academic year to educate students about marketing and other creative business industries. Students learn industry news and cutting-edge techniques.

Students in AMA get to:

  • Network with marketing professionals
  • Travel to area marketing firms
  • Complete strategic projects for clients

Members will also receive guidance regarding recommended classes, potential career paths and application documents.

The faculty advisor is Instructor in Marketing Bill Bergman.

The UR AMA chapter membership dues are $12 per semester. The Robins School strongly recommends that those who concentrate in marketing or hope to work in creative business industries become active members.

Visit our website or email uofr.ama@gmail.com for additional information.

AMA Website

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 Associate Dean 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. 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. Through these unique opportunities along with our vast networks of brotherhood in nearby universities, DSP is able to give its 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.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Andrea Waddle. 

For more information, please contact Jane Curran jane.curran@richmond.edu or Sarah Callahan sarah.callahan@richmond.edu, or refer to the national website.

Delta Sigma Pi Website

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, virtual meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. The faculty advisor is Dr. Mitch Conover.

If you have additional questions or interest in being added to our email list, email Heshmat Mohamed at Heshmat.mohamed@richmond.edu  or Ryan Tuorto at Ryan.Tuorto@richmond.edu.

Finance Society Website

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 purpose of this association is to also present students with seminars and discussions about international business, equip students with a forum to discuss international business in a peer setting, compete in one or more case competitions (this is postponed due to COVID), mentor incoming exchange students (canceled this year due to COVID), and guide others through the path of international business.

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, please contact Sonny Aryeh, president, at sonny.aryeh@richmond.edu.

International Business Student Association

Lakeside Consulting Group

The Lakeside Consulting Group (LCG) aims to provide undergraduate students at the University of Richmond with the skills, experience, and mentorship to prepare them for a career in consulting. Members can expect to be a part of engagement projects and training, giving them great insight into the work of a consultant. All majors are considered equally and recruitment usually occurs at the beginning of each semester. Many of our workshops are open to the whole Richmond community. 

Please get in touch, if you are interested in joining or attending our events: thelakesideconsultinggroup@gmail.com.

Lakeside Consulting Group Website

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

Membership in ODE requires an overall GPA of 3.0 and an 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

 

Spider Advertising

Spider Advertising, which is a chapter of American Advertising Federation (AAF), is a student-run advertising agency that provides members with experiences and connections within the advertising industry and related industries.

As a chapter of AAF, members have the ability to:

  • attend networking events
  • access relevant resources for the industry and related industries
  • compete in the AAF Client Competition 

The faculty advisors are Instructor in Marketing Bill Bergman and Assistant Professor in Marketing Jeff Carlson.

Along with hosting hands-on workshops for members, Spider Ad works with real companies to fulfill the client's advertising needs. 

If you are interested in joining Spider Advertising, feel free to contact the co-CEOs, Paul Grasso, paul.grasso@richmond.edu, and Ava Holle, ava.holle@richmond.edu

If you are interested in working with Spider Ad for your organization, please send your request to spideradvertisingaaf@gmail.com

Spider Advertising Website

Student Government Association

The Robins School of Business Student Government Association (RSB 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 RSB 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 RSB SGA has been working closely with the Office of Alumni and Career Services to more efficiently realize students' internship and job goals.

The RSB SGA faculty advisor is Laura Thompson, assistant dean. Elected officers for the 2020-2021 academic year are:

  • President: Maddie Hoffman
  • VP Administration: Rider Tuff
  • VP Finance: Luke Salvati
  • VP Student Affairs: Romie Tufaro
  • Senators:
    • Hannah Burke
    • Brock Cannon
    • John Collier
    • Pete Columbia
    • Luke Pojero
    • Will Troutman

If you have additional questions, please contact Maddie Hoffman at maddie.hoffman@richmond.edu or (773) 682-1910. 

If you have feedback for RSB SGA, you may fill out this form which will be sent to the officers.

RSB SGA Website

Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) provides valuable, real-time experiential learning in securities analysis and portfolio management. Managers gain real world experience in topics and theories that are discussed in the classroom. SMIF is the capstone to investment studies in a sequence of courses developed by the finance department.

To learn more, visit the SMIF page

Spider Real Estate Group

The premise of Spider Real Estate Group is to provide students interested in a career in real estate with resources to help them succeed. We work to educate students on the different paths within real estate, as well as help them build their network with alumni in the industry. Members also benefit from peer feedback regarding resumes and key recruitment strategies for internships and jobs.

For more information, please contact Jack Bonomo at jack.bonomo@richmond.edu or James Darling at james.darling@richmond.edu. 

Spider Real Estate Group Website

Spider Ventures

Spider Ventures is the University of Richmond's first business accelerator designed to help students turn their entrepreneurial dreams into a reality while simultaneously assisting students with resume-building opportunities. Through our accelerator, members will have access to a large team of experienced advisors ranging from Fortune 500 executives to successful entrepreneurs who will all be able to help get ideas off the ground through their professional advisory. Open to all majors, regardless of class year or school, Entrepreneurship Club hopes to create a closely-connected entrepreneurial community here on campus. 

Students in Spider Ventures will get the opportunity to:

    • Pitch ideas, network, and work with experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals
    • Take part in competitive pitch competitions with panels of entrepreneurial professionals
    • Work closely with local startups and professional accelerators/incubators

As a part of our organization, members can learn how to create unique business ideas, understand the entrepreneurial world (startups, venture capital, private equity), and engage in exclusive workshops with industry professionals.

If you're someone who has a business idea or is constantly trying to innovate in the business, social, or environmental space, then this is the place for you. Whether it's an idea for a small business, social movement, or unique technology or service, we will be able to help you.

The faculty advisor is Mike Page, Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

The Robins School strongly recommends that those studying entrepreneurship, developing a business idea, or simply hoping to work with industry professionals become active members.

For more information, please visit our Instagram page (@SpiderVentures) or email Julien Wadhwa at julien.wadhwa@richmond.edu.

Spider Ventures Website

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.  

The faculty advisor is Dr. Maura Alexander.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ally Lynch at ally.lynch@richmond.edu.

Women in Business Website

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