Manderson is home to several chartered student organizations. Whether your interest lies in service or recreation, there are numerous opportunities in which students participate. Several of the organizations are listed here, and additional information can be obtained by contacting the organization individually. To seize tomorrow, we can all use a little assistance today.
Net Impact's mission is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of new leaders who are using the power of business to make a positive social, environmental and economic impact. Consisting primarily of MBAs, graduate students and young professionals working together, Net Impact takes action on socially-responsible business issues.
Manderson now has its own chapter of Toastmasters International. This is a non-profit organization committed to developing effective public speaking and listening skills in its members. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization has over 8,642 active clubs throughout the U.S. and 70 other countries. A typical Toastmasters club meets once a week, giving everyone an opportunity to practice and develop their own leadership skills.
The Manderson Chapter of the National Black MBA Association is dedicated to develop partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the community. In partnership with over 400 of the country's top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sector. The organization provides members with the opportunity to attend one of the largest career fairs in the country as well as a nationally recognized business case competition. This past year, Manderson students helped establish a resume workshop to assist children in Tuscaloosa County Schools.
Bears and Bulls is a professional club aimed at developing professional knowledge in the areas of finance and accounting. The mission of Bears and Bulls is to achieve success through real-world scenario discussions of issues in finance and accounting, fostering a "do-it-yourself" spirit for topics unknown and through seminars, talk sessions and articles, encouraging creativity in financial and accounting applications, and achieving visibility among finance and accounting professionals/organizations.
MBA Women International is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals, to developing skills for leadership positions in business, and to enhancing the diversity of the workforce worldwide. Each year, Manderson students expand their networks by attending the MBAWI National Conference.
The MBA Association is a student-governed organization serving students pursuing the Master of Business Administration. The organization is committed to providing service to the state of Alabama, as well as a social and professional network for our current and past members. This past year, the MBAA was recognized with the UA Service Project of the Year Award for its efforts in tornado cleanup in the Tuscaloosa area.
The Graduate Student Association is dedicated to establishing and solidifying the rights of students pursuing advanced degrees. Often these students are overlooked at academic institutions in terms of funding, resources and other amenities afforded to those working towards undergraduate degrees. For example, the board of directors has tabled the topic of federal taxation on graduate assistantships and fellowships and is in the process of determining whether lobbying efforts should be pursued to eliminate these taxes in an effort to bring valuable leadership into the workforce without overburdening it.
The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the student chapter of the most prominent organization for the field of supply chain and operations management. Each year Manderson students meet with industry leaders, participate in roundtable discussions, and attend the CSCMP National Conference.