Engaging our Students

A mark of our future professionals is their commitment to community and development, and our MBAs take the initiative to be leaders of several noteworthy organizations on campus. It’s yet another way our MBAs diversify their talents and get them one step closer to sharpening the bottom line.  The Manderson Graduate of Business is dedicated to developing solid lasting relationships.  Listed below are a few of the many opportunities for students to become involved in on campus and elevate their educational experiences to the next level.


MBAA: The MBA Association

The MBA Association is a student-governed organization serving students pursuing the Master of Business Administration. The organization is committed to providing service to the state of Alabama, as well as a social and professional network for our current and past members.  From tailgates to building Habitat for Humanity houses, to hosting professional speakers, the MBAA is a well-rounded arm of the MBA program. The organization meets every other Tuesday at 11:15 am, if you are interested in connecting with MBAA, please contact Reid Smith.

Advisor: Lori White

MBAA Officers:
President: Reid Smith
Vice President: Abbey Scott
Treasurer: Peter Fitzgibbons
VP of Social: Peter Do
VP of Communication: Kelsey Jackson
VP of Community Service: Trip Crowley
STEM/CREATE Delegates: Gabi Gevers and John Pelham

NBMBAA: National Black MBA Association

The Manderson Chapter of the National Black MBA Association is dedicated to developing partnerships that result in the creation of intellectual and economic wealth in the community. In partnership with over 400 of the country’s top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sector. The organization provides members with the opportunity to attend one of the largest career fairs in the country as well as a nationally recognized business case competition (of which our case team participates annually).  An examples of their initiatives is where Manderson students helped establish a resume workshop to assist children in Tuscaloosa County Schools. As a proud partner in NBMBAA, we commit $25,000 in scholarship funds to qualified NBMBAA members. Learn about our NBMBAA scholarship & apply here.

Advisor: Lori White

NBMBAA Officers:
President: RaShaad Pendleton
VP of Finance: Christine Williams
VP of Community Service: Jasmine Johnson
VP of Fundraising: Abreya Sledge
VP of Communications: Helena Johnson

MBA Case Team

If you like developing strategy under high-pressure. working in teams and presenting innovative ideas, Case Team may be for you! Established in 2015, Manderson’s Case Team has gone on to win several competitions including the 2018 Race and Case, 2017 National Black MBA Association’s Graduate Case Competition and the 2019 SEC MBA Case Competition. Our team works together all year, competing near Disney World, literally on the ski slopes and more, culminating with the coveted conference championship in the spring. Members will tell you it’s time-consuming yet incredibly rewarding, fun and ultimately worth it in the end. Plus, the over $100,000 in prize money won in the past five years doesn’t hurt!

Contact Quoc Hoang for all inquiries about Case Team.

MWIB:  Manderson Women In Business

MWIB aims to provide a place for women in the Manderson School of Business to build a strong professional network, develop leadership skills, and empower one another to succeed. We strive to advance women into leadership in business-related fields by providing a variety of career development opportunities. We partner with Turning Point, a local agency that provides shelter and services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, to provide resume and interview prep services to women in Turning Point shelters and advance awareness of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Advisor: Susan Dendy

MWIB Officers:
President: Brooklyn Brown
Vice President: Miranda Worley
Director of Programming: Mason Joyner
Director of Communications: Catherine Besand
Director of Finance: Morgan Horsley

The Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association is dedicated to establishing and solidifying the rights of students pursuing advanced degrees. Often these students are overlooked at academic institutions in terms of funding, resources and other amenities afforded to those working towards undergraduate degrees. For example, the board of directors has tabled the topic of federal taxation on graduate assistantships and fellowships and is in the process of determining whether lobbying efforts should be pursued to eliminate these taxes in an effort to bring valuable leadership into the workforce without overburdening it.

Contact GSA@UA.EDU for all inquiries about the Graduate Student Association.

MSMA:  Specialized Master’s Student Association

MSMA is a professional development and collaborative network for students enrolled in specialized masters programs through the Manderson Graduate School of Business.  Special focus will be given to professional development, career opportunity networking, and social collaboration among the several fields encompassed within the specialized masters programs offered at the university.  MSMA is excited to announce that they are partnering this year with United Way of West Alabama to launch the first ever student campaign.

Email manderson.sma.ua@gmail.com for all inquiries about MSMA.

Advisor: Susan Dendy

MSMA Officers:
President: Kristen Kassel
Vice President: Kate Merrill
Treasurer: Matthew Stumpf
Director of Programming: Parker Johnson
Director of Service: Mac Lashley

The Data Analytics Club

The Data Analytics Club brings together students who aspire to pursue a career in analytics, data science, or statistics. Data science continuously changes at a pace much faster than current curriculum standards. The Data Analytics Club seeks to fill the gap. Students close the gap by teaching each other coding languages and various methods for problem solving. An example is a beginner-level Python working group that meets separately from the regular club meeting. Additionally, the club provides seminars on data science topics like data mining and machine learning.   Meetings are held in the Marillyn A. Hewson Data Analytics Lab throughout the semester. Professionals in various industries that use analytics and data science on a regular basis to make business decisions are scheduled to meet with the club.

Advisor: Steven Samsel

DA Officers:
President: Arbaz Ali
Vice President: Grant McAllister
Treasurer: Sam Noyes

The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Culverhouse Chapter

INFORMS serves the scientific and professional needs of Analytics Professionals and Operations Researchers including educators, scientists, students, managers, analysts, and consultants. The Institute serves as a focal point for analytics and O.R. professionals, permitting them to communicate with each other and reach out to other professional societies, as well as the varied clientele of the profession’s research and practice.

Advisor: Nickolas Freeman

Culverhouse Real Estate Club

The Culverhouse Real Estate Club (CREC) is sponsored by the Alabama Center for Real Estate. The student organization is open to all undergraduates, graduates and alumni with an interest in real estate. Our goal is to promote professional excellence through the communication between the academic and business communities, to assist students in the transition into careers, and to develop future leaders in the real estate industry.

Advisor: Dr. Alan Tidwell

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