The College of Business has student chapters of business-oriented student organizations which provide students with opportunities and experiences that enhance and support their education.
Dean’s Student Advisory Council
The Dean’s Student Advisory Council, established in September of 2005, consists of students from all business majors in all years and advises the dean of the College of Business on matters of student interest and concerns. The current chairs are Shelby Talsma and Alyssa Chomiczewski. Students interested in becoming a council member should fill out this form.
American Marketing Association (AMA)
American Marketing Association is a national organization for students interested in marketing. Our collegiate chapter of the AMA meets every week during the semester. The AMA strives to help members enhance their business and networking skills, most notably by attending AMA regional conferences. In addition, the AMA lends a helping hand to local organizations, such as Superior Alliance for Independent Living. For more information, please contact the current president, Mike Wilber or the faculty advisor, Gary Brunswick.
Beta Alpha Psi (BAP)
Beta Alpha Psi is a professional organization that actively engages in the professional development of students in the Accounting and Finance programs by coordinating an annual trip to a large metropolitan area, having professional speakers from the industry, and being involved in the professional atmosphere. The opportunity to serve the community and put forth efforts in fundraising activities is also available, and of course, the opportunity to increase your social network. For more information, please contact the current president, Shelby Talsma, or the faculty adviser Trent Batchelor.
Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS)
Gamma Iota Sigma is a national fraternity whose charter at NMU was incorporated in 2013. This organization strives to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in risk management, insurance, and other related areas. GIS encourages high moral and scholastic achievement of its members through research activities and improved public relations in the risk management field. For more information, please contact the current president, Breah Carter, or the faculty adviser Linda Lawton. For additional information visit the Gamma Iota Sigma website.
Student Cybersecurity Association
The Student Cybersecurity Association advances literacy in cybersecurity for students at NMU. We are not exclusive to people with technology experience; anybody and everybody is welcome to join and learn. Many students who join the club are also members of the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP) trade association. Email khartlan@
TEAM Business began in late 2013, and has since been growing. This organization is open to students of all majors, and provides students with hands-on, real world experience consulting with local businesses. Since its inception TEAM Business has taken on projects including: All Natural Greens, Jacobetti Complex Rebranding, Copper Peak Ski Jump, CoderDojo906, and the Wealth Strategy Group. For more information click here, or send an Email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining. You can also find TEAM Business on Facebook or LinkedIN by searching for NMU TEAM Business.
The Superior Fund (Student Managed Investment Fund)
The Superior Fund was created in the fall semester 2006. This student managed investment fund provides students with hands-on, real world experience by enabling them to apply financial and investment concepts learned in the classroom to corporate equity analysis, portfolio management, and group decision making. For more information, please contact the current president, Joe Roberts, or the faculty adviser Trent Batchelor. For additional information, visit the Superior Fund website.
Northern Michigan University/College of Business
Policy for Funding Student Organization Activities
February 19, 2014
The Office of the Dean of the College of Business believes that active and involved business students in professional organizations are a valuable aspect of the undergraduate experience and recognizes the need to support these organizations.
In an effort to provide support for these organizations the Dean of the College of Business has developed the following funding policy, which is focused on two primary areas: (1) professional development trips and (2) special events funding.
Professional Development Trips
Business student organizations planning travel may submit a proposal to receive funding from the College of Business. Travel could include attendance at regional, national or international conferences, competing in regional or national competition or business visits as part of a professional development or job-seeking trip. A student officer of the organization should submit the proposal to the Dean at least 30 days prior to the trip to ensure full consideration. The Student Travel Fund application may be used, or a proposal can be written which includes the following information:
Cover memo - Summarize the proposal and purpose of the trip.
Activity Profile - If a competition, what is the nature of the competition? If a national or regional meeting, what is the purpose of the meeting? If visiting businesses, who are these businesses and what is the purpose of visiting them?
Objectives - What are the key benefits and outcomes from this trip/activity
Trip itinerary - Provide a good level of detail.
List of participants - Name and contact information.
Budget – Include the following: transportation costs, lodging costs, parking, meals and any additional costs.
All requests must be accompanied by a note of approval/support from the faculty advisor of the organization.
Requests for funds from the Dean of the College of Business should come after funding commitments have been obtained from other sources. Students and student organizations are expected to fund at least 10 percent of the cost of the trip. In general, a student organization can expect to receive funding for one trip per year.
Special Events Funding
Business student professional organizations can request financial support from the Dean of the College of Business in order to stage/host a special event on the NMU campus or in the region. Examples might include hosting a regional or local competition, bringing a notable business speaker to campus, staging a “business day” for area high schools, organizing a dressing and dining for success event, etc. To assure full consideration in funds allocation, student organizations should submit their proposals at least 60 days prior to the event. Each proposal should contain the following information:
Cover memo – Summary of the proposal and purpose of the event.
Event profile – Why is the event being proposed? Who is the target audience? What impact will it have on the students and the faculty within the college of business, or university-wide?
Objectives – What are the key benefits and outcomes associated with this event?
Budget – Include relevant items, including room rentals, materials, postage, advertising costs, speaker fees, refreshments/meals, and incidentals.
All requests must be accompanied by a note of approval/support from the faculty advisor of the organization, as appropriate.
The organizers are expected to partially fund the cost of the event. In general, a reasonable level of financial support can be provided by the Dean of the College of Business. If a student organization is proposing a large-scale event, external sources of funding probably will be needed and is the responsibility of the organizers. Other campus organizations can provide funding.