The Manderson Graduate of Business is dedicated to developing solid lasting relationships. We believe the pillars of our program are our recruiters, faculty, students, alumni, and staff. Providing the avenue to connect each of these groups is essential to us. We are committed to preparing our students for the business world and providing excellent services and resources to our corporate partners.
Constant Involvement. A mark of our future professionals is their commitment to community and development, and our MBAs take the initiative to be leaders of several noteworthy organizations on campus. It’s yet another way our MBAs diversify their talents and get them one step closer to sharpening the bottom line.
If you like developing strategy under high-pressure, and love presenting, case team may be for you! Built with the Class of 2015, teams have gone on to win several competitions, including the 2016 SEC MBA Case Competition. This team works together all year, competing near Disney World, literally on the ski slopes at Race & Case, with baseball analytics, and more and culminates with the coveted conference championship in the spring. Members will tell you it’s time-consuming, but so much fun, incredibly rewarding and ultimately worth it in the end. The over $13,000 in prize money won during 2015-2016 doesn’t hurt!
MBAA: The MBA Association
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. From tailgates to building Habitat for Humanity houses, to hosting professional speakers, the MBAA is a well-rounded arm of the MBA program.
The National Association of Women MBAs is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering female business professionals, to assisting women into leadership positions in business and to enhancing the diversity of the workforces worldwide. We serve four related client groups: female MBA students, female business professionals and MBA-level entrepreneurs, universities and corporate partners. To meet these goals, NAWMBA focuses on four key areas: education and professional development, mentorship, networking, and collaboration. This group is active and enjoys movie night, networking events, and the annual conference.
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 (of which our case team participates annually). This past year, Manderson students helped establish a resume workshop to assist children in Tuscaloosa County Schools.
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.
There is an active chapter of Toastmasters International within the Culverhouse College of Commerce. 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 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 Office of Veteran and Military serves all student veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors regardless if the student receives federal or state benefits.