Student Organizations

Accounting & Finance Association (AFA)

  • Mission Summary:  To provide students opportunities to learn about the accounting and finance professions and to network with potential employers.
  • Activity Highlight:  Monthly speaker discussing job and professional development opportunities.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s)Karen Cooley and David Clark

Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

  • Mission Summary:  To empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation in every sector of the global economy.
  • Activity Highlight:  Monthly speaker discussing job and professional development opportunities.   Organizational sponsor for Laura Lopez (author of The Connected Leader) as a University Distinguished Lecture Series speaker.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s)Dr. Leslie Ramos Salazar

American Marketing Association (AMA)

  • Mission Summary:  To lead, encourage, support and recognize the development, dissemination and utilization of marketing knowledge and thought.
  • Activity Highlight:  Supports multiple speaker and professional development opportunities.  Local AMA chapter received award as an Outstanding Organization in Internal/External Communication from the national organization.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Syed Anwar and Dr. Turkan Dursun Kilic

Buff Teks

  • Mission Summary:  To further members' knowledge of software development, where members learn new skills and technology through a dedicated, but social environment
  • Activity Highlight:  Provided IT solutions and support to problems facing three local companies as part of an experiential learning effort.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Jeffry Babb

CFA Research Challenge

  • Mission Summary:  To promote best practices in equity research among the next generation of analysts by applying investment theory and corporate governance.
  • Activity Highlight:  Won regional championship in 2015 and 2017.  Won semifinal round at American Championship and competed in 2017 finals (Seattle, Washington).  Finished season as a top 5 team in the nation.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Huabing Wang and Dr. Anne Macy

Economics Club

  • Mission Summary:  To promote advancement of knowledge and appreciation for economics.
  • Activity Highlight:  Semester long book club combined with trips to hear distinguished economics speaker series at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and annual tour of the Dallas Federal Reserve.  Organization receives annual grant funding of $12,000 to $20,000 from the Koch Foundation.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Ryan Mattson, Dr. Eric Hoffmann, Dr. Lee Stitzel, and Dr. Anne Barthel


  • Mission Summary:  To use the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
  • Activity Highlight:  Won regional championship for 23 consecutive years.  Won semifinal round at National Championship and competed in 2017 top 20 competition (Kansas City, Missouri).  Finished season as a top 10 team in the nation.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Marisa Crisostomo and Juan Gallardo

Engler Business Ambassadors

  • Mission Summary: The Engler Business Ambassadors are undergraduate student representatives who are dedicated to serving and promoting the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business and its constituents. Ambassadors are responsible for leading and engaging students to create community within the college. 
  • Activity Highlight: Engagement and outreach for the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business. 
  • Faculty/Advisor(s): Brandy Carr and Michelle Vinyard

Media Minds

    • Mission Summary:  To promote an in-house agency that provides enriched content creation and emerging media management experience for the marketing students of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business.
    • Activity Highlight:  Won 15 Telly Awards in 2019-2020 for marketing and advertising digital production.
    • Faculty/Advisor(s)Lynsee Bjork

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

  • Mission Summary:  To educate students on human resource practices and applications.
  • Activity Highlight:  Organize a professional clothes drive (including a $5,000 donation) and fashion show combined with professional development activities.  Earned a top 4 finish at regional competition (Houston, Texas).
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Rahul Chauhan and Dr. Jillian Yarbrough

Student Advisory Board

  • Mission Summary:  To provide the administration with on-going advice about issues impacting students. 
  • Activity Highlight:  Provide guidance from a student perspective on new program initiatives, appearance of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, study abroad locations, and strategic initiatives.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Amjad Abdullat

Student Government

  • Mission Summary:  To provide representation, services and advocacy for the students of West Texas A&M University.
  • Activity Highlight:  Provide guidance from a student perspective on the governance of the University. 
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Mike Knox 

Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF)

  • Mission Summary:  To enhance the education of finance students through hands-on experience in security valuation, portfolio management, and team leadership while growing the investment portfolio as a long-term asset.
  • Activity Highlight:  Manage growth and scholarship distribution from the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business student-managed portfolio.  Current value of the student-managed fund is approximately $1.2 million.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Anne Macy
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