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Study Abroad with Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business Faculty

In addition to the study abroad opportunities provided by the University Study Abroad Office, the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business offers an annual two-week immersion learning experience for students that is hosted by Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business faculty and staff.  Previous trips have went to the following countries:
     2008 - Russia (Nizhny, Novgorod and Moscow)
     2009 - Russia (Nizhny, Novgorod and Moscow)
     2010 - Canada (Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Whistler)
     2011 - England (London)
     2012 - Denmark (Copenhagen) & Sweden
     2013 - England (London)
     2014 - Germany, Austria, & Switzerland
     2015 - Denmark, Sweden, and Norway
     2016 - India
     2017 - Germany, Austria, & Switzerland
     2019 - Denmark, Sweden, and Norway

Travel cost and tuition & fees totals ranges from $1,800 to $4,000, depending on location.  Contact Dr. Robert King for information or to submit an application.

Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business Student Organizations

Accounting & Finance Association

  • 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

Alpha Mu Alpha

  • Mission Summary:  Honors organization committed to the advancement of excellence in the field of marketing.
  • Activity Highlight:  Induct approximately 15 students per year into the marketing honors society.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s): Dr. Robert King

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):  Drs. Syed Anwar and Turkan Dursun Kilic

Beta Gamma Sigma

  • Mission Summary:  To encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and foster personal and professional excellence.
  • Activity Highlight:  Induct approximately 50 students per year into the business honors society.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. De'Arno De'Armond

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):  Drs. Huabing Wang and 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):  Drs. Ryan Mattson, Eric Hoffmann, Lee Stitzel, and 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):  Drs. Emily Hammer and Marisa Crisostomo

Financial Planning Association

  • Mission Summary:  To augment knowledge of the issues, ideas, opportunities and facilitate professional relationships in the financial planning industry.
  • Activity Highlight:  Multiple guest speakers providing guidance for financial planning industry.  2017 speaker highlights include Dr. Charles Chaffin, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Director of Academic Programs and Initiatives.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Dr. Shan Lei

Go Team Ambassadors

  • Mission Summary:  To provide peer mentor support to new students transitioning to the business program at West Texas A&M University.
  • Activity Highlight:  Student peer mentors facilitate positive transition of new students and support orientation events.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Melissa White 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 25 Telly Awards and 4 Communicator Awards in 2016-2017 for marketing and advertising digital production.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Drs. Heidi Huntington and Yafei Zhang

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE)

  • Mission Summary:  To recognize scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics.
  • Activity Highlight:  Induct approximately 15 students per year into the economics honors society.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Drs. Anne Macy and Neil Meredith

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):  Drs. Alison Berry, Rahul Chauhan, and 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. Neil Terry

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 and Kim Coe

Student Managed Investment Fund

  • 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

Technology Club

  • Mission Summary:  To provide a collaborative community for individuals with an interest in emerging technology and computer innovation.
  • Activity Highlight:  Annual video game tournaments and various employer outreach activities.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Drs. Jeffry Babb and J. Christopher Zimmer

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

  • Mission Summary:  To recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the computing information disciplines
  • Activity Highlight:  Induct approximately 15 students per year into the computing honors society.
  • Faculty/Advisor(s):  Drs. Amjad Abdullat, Avimanyou Vatsa, and Leon Chen