Student activities play an important role in student life and in what Saunders College of Business has to offer.
Student organizations can help you develop leadership skills, provide networking opportunities, enhance education outside of the classroom, and strengthen the communication between faculty, staff, and students. Listed below are the various Saunders affiliated student organizations in which you may want to get involved. For a full listing of all RIT clubs please visit RIT Campus Groups.
A club for anyone interested in the hospitality industry. We organize fundraising events to provide students with opportunities to enhance their event management skills. Moreover, we sponsor hospitality trips and conferences, enabling students to connect with industry professionals and gain valuable hands-on experience.
ASCM Student Chapter is a part of the Association for Supply Chain Management. As one of the more than 200 affiliated student chapters on college campuses throughout North America, ASCM student members get access to educational programs, networking opportunities, certification exams, scholarships, awards, and other resources. They also have the opportunity to participate in local student case competitions offered through the District. Winners of the District level competition will move on to compete in the international student case competition.
The RIT Financial Management Association is a Saunders College of Business club dedicated to the advancement of student-centric investing. FMA manages a $250,000+ Stock and ETF investment portfolio. FMA Meetings are weekly on Wednesdays from 5-6 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room (LOW-1225/1235). Each week we discuss our portfolio standings, have stock pitches for both buying and selling, and have club discussions regarding news events. We also have several company visits/Guest speakers visit each semester from companies such as Vanguard, Northwestern Mutual, and the SEC. We also participate in the Adirondack Cup Small Cap Investment challenger every year. FMA is an open club for all RIT students; we have members from 5 of the 9 individual colleges at RIT.
HFTP is a multi-disciplinary club for students in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Saunders College of Business and other relevant departments and colleges with interest in hospitality, business, and technology. The club offers professional and educational opportunities through collaboration with students from different backgrounds and educational tracks. The RIT chapter of HFTP is affiliated with the global organization that provides information about new trends in hospitality and business and an abundance of resources for students throughout their entire education.
The RIT Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations Club is an open student group that provides member students with value building opportunities to network with local professionals and learn about the world of business. Activities include attending AMA (American Marketing Association) and AAF (American Advertising Federation) of Greater Rochester events and participating in case analysis contests.
RIT Women in Business (WIB) is dedicated to the success of women by providing the women of RIT an opportunity to advance their professional and personal development and join an encouraging community of aspiring and successful women. Through networking, educational events, and community service, WIB creates and strengthens skills in leadership, business, and relationship building.
The International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is an honors organization that recognizes students that have achieved academic excellence in business studies. The mission of the organization is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.
To Join: Eligible student members will be invited if they rank in the upper 10 percent of the sophomore class, upper 10 percent of the junior class, upper 10 percent of the senior class, or upper 20 percent of the masters class.
Eta Sigma Delta (ESD) is an honorary society for students of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at RIT Croatia's Dubrovnik campus. The idea for the Dubrovnik chapter came from RIT Rochester campus study abroad student Linden Pohland, who worked with Prof. Milena Kuznin to make the chapter a reality. The society is endorsed by International Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE). The RIT Croatia chapter is now one of 90 ESD chapters around the world, and the first one to be established in Croatia and the immediate region.
To Join: There are four categories of membership in ESD: undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni/ae, and honorary members. To be eligible for membership in Eta Sigma Delta, a student must:
Be currently enrolled at Rochester Institute of Technology - Croatia.
Have completed at least fifty percent (50%) of the credit hours required for graduation.
Have officially declared a major within the Hospitality Department. -2-
Have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 and/or be in the top twenty (20%) of the class.
Agree to uphold the values of excellence, leadership, creativity, service, and ethics.
The Saunders College Honors students participate in academic and service activities, collaborate with Engineering students in a seminar series that spans three semesters, and visit companies on a weeklong business trip in the spring.
To Join: Membership is by invitation to incoming freshmen and to academically qualified freshmen and sophomores.
The Saunders Student Executive Board (E-board) includes the elected leaders of Saunders affiliated student clubs. The E-Board exists to develop opportunities to connect and share common concerns and objectives, to achieve a common voice between elected student leaders and college leadership. Membership consists of the presidents of each club in the College with the Saunders Student Government Senator serving as president.
Goals and Intentions
Saunders College Leadership: Serve as elected Saunders student leaders throughout the academic calendar, to represent the student voice with the Saunders Dean
Student Government Representation: The board will coordinate shared issues affecting Saunders students and clubs and report to the Saunders student senator for Student Government representation
Saunders Representation: Members will assist college with generating student awareness and interests in significant college events and activities, while engaging an inclusive community within Saunders College of Business
RIT Club Recognition: Peer support to help facilitate and encourage Saunders Student Clubs to be a Campus Life Recognized Club
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