| Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University’s chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) was recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Collegiate Chapters for the 2009-10 academic year at the AMA’s 32nd Annual International Collegiate Conference last month in New Orleans.
The AMA, which supports the practice, teaching and study of marketing worldwide, presented RMU’s chapter with awards for Outstanding Small Schools, Outstanding Chapter Planning, Outstanding Professional Development, and Outstanding Community Service. Together, these honors enabled RMU to be recognized as one of the Most Outstanding Small School Chapters and put it on the AMA’s list of Top 20 Collegiate Chapters.
“The recognitions achieved at the conference demonstrate the outstanding leadership qualities of our students,” says Jill Maher, professor of marketing and advisor to RMU’s AMA chapter. “They are a perfect representation of the caliber of students here in the School of Business at RMU.”
From left to right: Marshall Davis, Edward Kaikai, Shannon Glantz, Candice Dougherty, Kally Zekahy, Marisa Taylor, Cassie Schneider. Chapter President Joe Kramer is in front.
Eight of the 37-member RMU chapter attended the three-day event, where over 1000 students and their faculty advisors gathered to network with others and learn about various career paths within the marketing field from representatives from top companies. RMU’s student attendees were also part of two leadership panels at the conference – one for fundraising and another for community service.
In addition to providing marketing students with a comprehensive overview of marketing principles and practices, RMU’s AMA chapter also takes part in various community service initiatives throughout the year.
Last fall, students held a supplies drive to benefit community programs for Focus On Renewal – a community resource organization that benefits the residents of Stowe Township and McKees Rocks in Pittsburgh. They also assisted with the Girls Hope Young Leadership’s Hearts & Hopes annual fundraiser, which aims at helping at-risk young women in the Pittsburgh region. This month, students will take part in the Healthy Highmark High 5 Walk, which promotes good health initiatives for children and adolescents.
In regards to professional development, RMU’s AMA chapter held a marketing career fair at RMU on April 12, an event which attracted more than 20 local companies and 150 students. The chapter also hosted 10 speakers on campus throughout the year, presenting talks on various aspects of marketing.
"I am so proud of the officers and members who have dedicated their time and support to bettering our chapter in the areas of fundraising, community service and professional development,” said Joe Kramer, president of RMU’s AMA chapter. “Being ranked in the Top 20 out of over 300 collegiate chapters of the AMA is a true honor and proves that once again, RMU is one of the best business schools in the country."