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Student Life

The Barney School gives you the chance to participate in student organizations related to our different majors, as well as two honor societies, Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi.

Student Organizations

Barney Leadership Council

The Council is a perfect fit for students who are forward thinking, seek new opportunities, and want to challenge themselves in finding solutions in all disciplines of business. Council members will gain knowledge through working with the university's esteemed faculty and attending workshops with important leaders in the area. Many of the skills and knowledge we develop are considered absolute essentials in today's business world.

To become a member, you must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA. If you have any questions about the council, please contact Evan Sokolik at


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. DECA’s Competitive Events Program allows you to put your experience, skills, and knowledge to the test while representing UHart. The competitions recognize student achievement, provide opportunities for traveling to conferences, and networking with peers.

For more information, please contact Celia R. Lofink, undergraduate program director and faculty member, at

We invite high school seniors who were members of DECA for at least 2 years during high school to apply for our DECA scholarship.

Economics/Finance Club

This organization primarily includes economics and finance majors, but is open to all students. The club sponsors guest speakers, faculty/student events, field trips, and an awards banquet. If you are interested in joining, please contact Club advisor Kenneth Goroshko at or 860.768.4515.

Gamma Iota Sigma

Gamma Iota Sigma is a professional development group for students who are planning on a career in risk management, insurance, or actuarial science. You will also start building professional contacts to turn to throughout your career. If you have any questions, please contact

Young Entrepreneurs Society

This group unites students who are interested in entrepreneurship and/or management as a career. Develop your leadership and management skills through service projects such as Students for Free Enterprise, and contacts with professionals in the field. Learn from and connect with guest speakers who share their success stories and experiences. Field trips to companies also give you a picture of how your lessons are put into practice. Contact the Management/Marketing Department at 860.768.4566 for more information.

Innovators Group

A group of Barney Entrepreneurial Studies majors started this organization dedicated to learning how to innovate successfully. All University students are welcome to join! Email Naaman Jackson at to learn more.

American Marketing Association

The American Marketing Association (AMA) is an international organization dedicated to helping students understand the role of marketing in today's society, develop professional marketing skills, practically apply the classroom experience, and network with top marketing professionals. Membership in the AMA Collegiate Chapter offers the opportunity to lead, manage, and participate in a range of activities and programs. If you have any questions please contact

Actuarial Science Club

The Actuarial Club is open to all students who wish to learn more about a career as an actuary. The purpose of this club is to help students find internships and pass actuarial exams. Our club brings in speakers throughout the year who share their professional experiences, sometimes offering internship opportunities to club members. All are welcome!

If you wish to learn more about the club, please contact Prof. Lei at To learn more about why the actuarial career is consistently rated as one of the best jobs, read about our Actuarial Science minor.

Honor Societies

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for outstanding business students. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Its mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members. To learn more, please contact Associate Professor Andy Hao at 860.768.4809 or

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is a national honorary organization devoted to recognizing and encouraging scholastic and professional excellence for students in accounting, finance, and management information systems. This includes providing opportunities for self-development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.

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