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Business Student Associations


Accounting & Finance Association (AFA)
The AFA holds workshops throughout the year on topics such as resume writing, dining etiquette and forensic accounting, as well as hosts accounting and finance speakers.

The AFA collaborates with the Career Resource Center to organize the Accounting & Finance Career Symposium, which is an evening of networking for employers and students held every October.  About 75 students and employers representing accounting and finance companies regionally and in NYC attend this event. 

For information about joining the AFA, please e-mail the advisor, Professor Don Furman.

American Marketing Association (AMA)
The AMA competes each year at the AMA's Annual International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans. New Paltz was selected as one of the Top 16 collegiate chapters at the conference in 2013. The colleges are judged on the quality of their strategic marketing plan and annual report submitted for the contest. New Paltz received a bronze chapter award, making this the fourth year in a row the college has placed in the Top 16.

The AMA also coordinates the Business Day Conference held each fall, which attracts over 100 students from New Paltz, as well as surrounding colleges. The conference includes a keynote address and a variety of workshops.

The AMA has completed dozens of marketing research studies and strategic market plans for small or nonprofit organizations. This provides marketing students a "hands-on" opportunity to learn the process of marketing in a real business situation.

During the semester, both independently and in concert with other professional student chapters, the AMA offers programs of interest to both marketing and business majors, i.e., networking events, workshops, attendance at professional conferences, and company visits.

For information about joining the AMA, please e-mail the advisor, Professor Ted Clark.

Dean's Student Advisory Board (DSAB)
The DSAB is a student-centered team of selected undergraduate and graduate School of Business students who are committed to act as a confidential liaison between the students and the dean. The DSAB devises solutions to issues of primary concern to students, promotes ideas that contribute to the advancement of students as they prepare to enter the business world, such as the Business Plan Contest, Investment Initiative and student debates, and coordinates business student association activities to increase collaboration and reduce duplication. Students are nominated by the DSAB and appointed by the Dean.

For information about joining the DSAB, please e-mail the advisor, Lori Nutting.

The Management Association (MA)
In the past, the MA has coordinated numerous events and workshops that provided students with a better understanding of management and business, including workshops on human resource's strategic role in business, leadership, ethics in business, ways job applicants can differentiate themselves, and time management. In addition, the MA arranged for students to attend professional conferences and visit local businesses to develop a firsthand look at the daily tasks of a manager.

For additional information about MA please contact the Interim Dean, Chih-Yang Tsai.

Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise- SIFE)
Enactus' mission is to provide students the best opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise. Projects focus on market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental sustainability, business ethics and team sustainability. Past projects include: holding a student vendor festival; teaching New Paltz Middle School students how to effectively raise funds; partnering with Project Have Hope to promote economic stability among women and children in Uganda; and creating a business plan to distribute donated goods to local charities and those in need. This group competes at the regional conference in New York City each spring.

For more information contact the New Paltz Sam Walton Free Enterprise Fellow and Enactus' faculty advisor, Professor Rief Kanan or Professor Bruce Mather.

Student Organization for Business Ethics and Research (SOBER)
SOBER is a student-centered organization aiming to explore, learn and promote ethics among business students and in the business world. The primary objective of the organization is to provide students with a vibrant test lab to expand their theoretical understanding and turn theory into sustainable business practices. SOBER promotes business practices that contribute to the development of trust between local communities and the business world. SOBER activities include research on the international context of ethics that is necessary for the business to sustain in the future. SOBER values the ideas that channel benefits of a global and multicultural existence in the business world.

For information about joining SOBER, please e-mail the advisor, Professor Chih-Yang Tsai.

Global Business Association (GBA)
The mission of the GBA (formerly World Business Association) is to promote the growth of all New Paltz business students through educational, professional, and networking opportunities; to encourage diversity; and contribute to the development and growth of future leaders.

For information about joining the GBA, please e-mail the advisor, Professor Shuguang Liu or Professor Jun Lin.