Beta Alpha Psi is a worldwide honors organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students. The mission of Beta Alpha Psi is to inspire and support excellence by encouraging the study and practice of accountancy, finance, and information systems; providing opportunities for service, professional development, and interaction among members and financial professionals; and fostering lifelong ethical, social, and public responsibilities.
JSU's chapter was started in August 2015 and is still in the petitioning process. We expect to be installed at some point in the near future. Membership requirements include a 3.0 overall and major GPA. Our activities include professional speakers, workshops on career skills, service projects, visits to local high schools and community colleges, regional and annual meetings, and many more.
The Student Accounting Association (SAA) is a JSU organization formed to encourage scholastic excellence in the field of accounting; promote professional ethics among accounting students; encourage social activities among students and all elements of the university, and serve as a liaison with professional accounting organizations. Each spring, the SAA holds a banquet to honor certain accounting students and award scholarships. In addition to regular meetings, students attend dinners sponsored by the Northeast Alabama Chapter of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA). The dinners allow students to establish contacts with local practitioners providing the potential for future employments. During the year, the SAA is always very fortunate to have a number of excellent speakers at their regular meetings.
The Financial Management Association is a professional organization with chapters worldwide. The objectives of the FMA chapter at JSU are to promote finance as a profession, encourage academic fellowship, and enhance interaction of students with members of the area financial community.
During 2010-2011, field trips were made to the Federal Reserve in Atlanta, and to Chick-Fil-A headquarters also in Atlanta. In addition to regular meetings, a number of speakers addressed the membership. These speakers came from the financial industry and spoke on the topics of investment brokerage, commercial banking, real estate, and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is an international, non-profit organization that works with college students and business leaders to improve the quality of life of for others employing the business principles. JSU's SIFE Team has been active since 1997, and currently has 13 active members. The Team completed over 425 hours of service in North Alabama during the 2010-2011 academic year. The Team conducted 10 projects that ranged from teaching high school students success skills, to working with at-risk youth at a local detention center, and advising a local small business. On April 4th the Team competed in the SIFE Regional Competition where they showcased their work to a panel of business leaders. The Team was 1st Runner-Up.
Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. It presently has more than 640 chapters around the world. Our chapter at JSU is the "Kappa Chapter of Alabama." ODE's objectives are to recognize scholastic attainment and the honor outstanding achievements in economics. Admission requirements include the completion of 12 semester hours in economics with at least a "B" average, and a "B" average in all classes. ODE establishes closer ties between students and faculty in economics. Each year is different, but our activities have included invited speakers, meetings, group discussions and tutoring for students in economics. We have also participated in canned food drives for charity, and various field trips. In the spring, we have an induction ceremony and participate in the CCBA's Honors Day.