The Accounting and Business Club (ABC) is designed to provide members with opportunities to develop leadership experiences; to provide exposure to accounting and business professions through presentations from guest speakers, both inside and outside the classroom; to provide a social organization for students to develop relationships with their peers as well as with prospective business partners and employers; and to relate what is learned in the classroom to the business world.
Students are eligible to join ABC immediately upon entering Manchester University, and the Club provides numerous opportunities for students to get involved. A number of committees exist within the Club that provide interested students with many leadership opportunities.
The Marketing Committee markets the activities of the Accounting and Business Club through an electronic newsletter, a portfolio of photographs, the club bulletin board, and variety of advertising and other creative promotions.
The Programming Committee organizes educational events to expose students to “real life” business issues. This fall, for example, Weston Smith, former Chief Financial Officer of the Fortune 500 company HealthSouth Corp. will visit Manchester to talk about ethics in business. Smith exposed a multi-year, multi-billion dollar financial statement fraud at HealthSouth.
The Professional Development Committee assists club members in developing résumés and cover letters, and it has also organized a periodic “suit-up” event, taking students shopping for professional clothing.
The Event Planning Committee develops informal club events to promote networking and socializing among club members, including a fall picnic to welcome new students and an annual holiday party. The group has also organized trips to see professional athletic events including the Fort Wayne Komets and the Indiana Pacers.
The Community Outreach Committee develops events focused on supporting North Manchester and the surrounding communities by organizing volunteer activities for club members. For example, the Club has adopted a section of State Road 13 that club members clean up each fall and spring.
The Accounting and Business Club has something for everyone. Interested students should contact club President, Sky Shortt.