No limits for Lumberjacks
As a Lumberjack, there’s no limit to what you can achieve in the community or in your career – and you don’t even need to wait until after graduation. Our faculty, current students and alumni are leaders, award winners and proud Lumberjacks for life. We’re honored to say that many Rusche College of Business graduates choose to give back to the university or to their communities, in addition to enjoying successes of their own.
Volunteering is a great way to put business learnings into real-world practice. For example, student volunteers in the Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors organization offer other students and the Nacogdoches community free financial advice. Focusing their efforts on people experiencing financial crisis, the volunteers assist with budgeting, credit card and debt management, identity theft and fraud.
Mast Student Investment Roundtable
Business majors can gain course credit while learning how to invest. Since 2009 the Mast Student Investment Roundtable has grown its portfolio from approximately $350,000 to its value in April 2019 of $670,000, for a compound annual return of 6.7%. This return is after deducting for all of the fund’s costs for brokerage services and software. With those expenses added back, the annual performance of the Mast Student Investment Roundtable has been approximately 10.5% per year since 2009.
In the roundtable, students are responsible for all investment decisions and learn the practical side of analyzing industries and companies. Students turn their analysis into investment recommendations, which they present to all their roundtable classmates. Roundtable students then select those investments that are expected to have the greatest potential for growing the portfolio while also considering the possible risks that might cause harm to the portfolio.
Each spring, members of the roundtable class attend the Global Asset Management Education Forum in New York. This forum allows our students to hear from and meet many renowned professionals in the investment industry. It also affords them the opportunity to interact with their peers who manage student investment funds at other universities.
Many students who have participated in roundtable have pursued careers in the financial services industry, including investment management, private wealth management and consulting services. SFA students have an advantage when competing for jobs by participating in the roundtable and including this on their résumés.
Visit the Mast Student Investment Roundtable page to learn more.
Rusche College of Business students excel in national and local competitions. During the annual American Advertising Federation-Houston Student Conference and Competition, SFA students from the Department of Management and Marketing, Department of Mass Communication, and the School of Art often find themselves on the first-, second- and third-place teams. This conference challenges students with creating an advertising campaign for a real client.
Program and faculty accomplishments
SFA’s Rusche College of Business has successfully achieved the extension of its business program accreditation by the prestigious AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Globally, fewer than 5% of business colleges have achieved accreditation by AACSB, which places SFA’s Rusche College of Business in an elite category of business colleges worldwide.
Dr. Jason Reese, sports business program coordinator and associate professor, has been recognized with an SFA Teaching Excellence Award for being an outstanding faculty member for the Rusche College of Business. Reese has provided students with the opportunity to work with the Houston Texans to sell individual and group tickets to the Battle of Piney Woods game each fall, which pits SFA against Sam Houston State University at NRG Stadium, home of the Texans. Students also work with SFA Athletics to sell season, group and individual tickets to SFA football, basketball and baseball/softball games.
Dr. Mark Scanlan, economics professor, challenges and encourages students in the college by making economics fun. Through an online prediction game, Fredcast, developed by the Federal Reserve Bank, students predict four key economic variables. The game scores the students’ predictions and ranks participants after the real data is available. Students compete with each other to see whose prediction is most accurate. Scanlan was honored with a Bright Spot award by the university vice presidents, the Faculty Senate, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
College to Career Conference
Every year the Rusche College of Business hosts its College to Career Conference to bring industry professionals and alumni into the classroom. Panelists representing dozens of companies, such as FedEx, Kohl’s, Walgreens, Austin Bank, Southwest Air, Dell, Elliott Electric Supply, Hajoca and Charles Pool Real Estate, speak with students on a variety of business-related topics, including making a powerful impression, acing interviews, the first 100 days on the job, business ethics and integrity, personal branding, money management, communication, and international business tips. This conference connects students to professionals while also introducing them to new industry topics.
Excellent prospects and great salaries
Students who earn a degree from the Rusche College of Business gain valuable skills that can be used across a broad range of industries and throughout their entire careers. That’s not all: Business majors enjoy excellent job prospects and higher-than-average starting salaries.
Of course, the greatest value comes when your business degree pays off with a successful career. SFA is committed to helping students find their way into the professional world.
Cost of attendance
When you add up your potential cost of living, tuition and other expenses, you’ll find that the Rusche College of Business is a strong value versus other business schools in the state of Texas. To learn more about how much it costs to attend SFA, please visit Cost of Attendance.
Of course, the benefits of attending the Rusche College of Business go far beyond cost savings. As a business student, you’ll have access to hands-on learning experiences and the opportunity to participate in internships to gain valuable work experience long before you graduate.
And when it’s time to put your degree to work, the Rusche College of Business can help jumpstart your job search with employment-related events and services, including conferences and career fairs.
We’re proud that so many of our graduates continue to give back to the college – it’s one more thing that makes the Rusche College of Business such a unique place. Want to connect with Rusche College of Business alumni? No problem. Want to attend a guest lecture or participate in a one-on-one mock interview with a recent Rusche College of Business graduate who has real-world experience? We’ll make it happen.
With more than $500,000 in annual scholarships available to Rusche College of Business students, we can help offset the cost of a valuable education even more. Search all SFA scholarships using our Scholarship Search Engine, or explore the short list below:
Applying to Rusche College of Business
The Rusche College of Business has the same admissions requirements as SFA, and business-minded students can apply using the same method as all other incoming students. Students wishing to change majors to the Rusche College of Business must have at least a 2.0 GPA.
Get started on your application now, or contact a Rusche College of Business advisor.