The University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business’ student Financial Management Association Honor Society has received the “superior chapter designation” for 2008 from the FMA International. USA was one of only 17 colleges to receive the honor from the FMA.
Attainment of the superior chapter designation is the highest honor for an FMA chapter. Approximately five percent of the FMA chapters receive this honor each year.
The student officers of the society include: Phillip Perkins, president; Andrew Brand, vice president; Andrew Haiflich, treasurer; Sarah Hennig, fall semester secretary; and Jennifer Moore, spring semester secretary. The faculty advisers for USA’s FMA Honor Society are Dr. Ross Dickens, chair of economics and finance for the Mitchell College of Business, and Dr. Kenneth Hunsader, assistant professor of finance.
“I am very pleased to see the USA chapter recognized at the national level,” Dickens said. “It's a great testimony to the chapter and, especially, last year's officers. Perhaps the best thing is that earning the designation takes slow and steady planning and progress throughout the academic year. So, it really is a team effort to accomplish.”
To qualify for the superior chapter designation, FMA chapters must meet criteria set by FMA International, including the addition of 15 or more new members for the year and completion of four FEMA-specified activities.
The Mitchell College of Business
The Mitchell College of Business offers a bachelor’s of science in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. It also offers master’s degrees in accounting and business administration. The college provides a curriculum designed to give students both broad exposure to each field and in-depth coverage within a specific field of choice.
The FMA International was established in 1970 and has become the global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. FMA's members include academicians and practitioners across the world.