The Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM) was created in 1980 to give students the opportunity to learn from seasoned, successful managers before embarking on their careers. The organization has monthly meetings in which students hear experienced professionals speak about current management topics pertaining to a variety of areas. In the past, the organization has had such speakers as a former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report, a former vice-president of Sunbeam Corporation, the chief executive officer of Nucor Steel, the chief executive officer of Springs Industries, and many other well-known managers. Students also have the opportunity to learn about starting and managing a business from entrepreneurs and small business owners.
SAM also sponsors tours of area businesses and industries so that students can see classroom topics applied in actual work environments. Past tours have included BMW, Milliken Research Center, Flowers Bakery, The Greenville News, Bank of America Operations Center, Mack Truck, Asten-Johnson (a finalist in the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award), Fuji, Hitachi, Kyocera, and many other businesses. The speakers and the tours give students the chance to see how practicing managers apply the topics business majors are learning in the classroom.
The PC Accounting Club was formed by students interested in a forum for the study of accounting outside of the classroom. This organization has monthly meetings where professionals from different areas of the accounting profession share their experience, views, and knowledge with our students. The club also promotes student participation in various professional accounting organizations within the South Carolina upstate area. Membership is open to all students interested in accounting or those who want to know more about the profession.
These extracurricular activities offer students important opportunities to make contacts with influential leaders of business, government, and education. In addition, students can see how classroom topics have “real-world” application in business.
The culmination of the year’s activities occurs with the SAM/Senior Banquet in March. Sponsored jointly by the Department and SAM, this event gives us the opportunity to hear a distinguished business leader and to recognize those students who have distinguished themselves academically.
Past keynote speakers at the banquet include:
- Mr. Pete Sloan, Retired CEO, Lance, Inc.
- Mr. Ron Allen, Retired CEO, Delta Air Lines
- Mr. Truett Cathy, Founder, Chick-Fil-A
- Mr. Wilson Wearn, Retired CEO, Multimedia
- Mr. Charles Fraser, President, Sea Pines Company
- Mr. Mack Fleming, President, Charleston Tea Plantation
- Mr. Tom Griffin, Operations Manager, Asten-Johnson, Inc.
- Mr. Jack Tate, Founder, Baby Superstores (now Babies ‘R Us)
- Dr. Randy Folks, Professor of International Business, USC
- Mr. Bob Staton, Retired CEO, Colonial Life and Accident
- Dr. Bruce Yandle, Professor Emeritus of Economics, Clemson
- Mr. Rich D’Alberto, CEO Laurens County Healthcare System
Presbyterian College has been chosen to host a chapter of the prestigious Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society. Students who wish to become a member must be majoring within the department, have taken 60 hours at PC, and place in the top 20% of the department.
For more information on Sigma Beta Delta