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Beacom Student Organization Chapter Achieves Prestigious Recognition

Photo of Beacom Networking Event. Beacom's student chapter of Financial Management Association (FMA) has been named a 2017-18 Superior Chapter.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The student chapter of Financial Management Association (FMA) in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota has been named a 2017-18 Superior Chapter.

The designation is the highest honor an FMA chapter can receive, and the Beacom chapter of FMA is one of 21 to receive the award in 2018. FMA has more than 175 active student chapters and fewer than 10 percent receive the Superior Chapter designation.

“This distinguished recognition reaffirms our standing as a national leader in business education. FMA is a premier student organization in the Beacom School of Business as evidenced by the engaging professionals, dedicated alumni, and professional activities they involve in their annual activities,” stated Venky Venkatachalam, Ph.D., dean of the Beacom School of Business.

The Beacom FMA chapter received the Superior Chapter award for strong membership numbers, hosting numerous professional development speakers on campus, and conducting a professional and corporate tour to the San Francisco Bay Area, including visits to Wells Fargo, Tesla, and Airbnb.

“The student members worked very hard to accomplish the required tasks to earn the Superior Chapter Award for the fourth consecutive year,” commented Yewmun Yip, Ph.D., associate professor of finance and one of the faculty advisors of the chapter.

Established in 1970, the Financial Management Association International (FMA) is a global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision-making. FMA's mission is to broaden the common interests between academicians and practitioners, provide opportunities for professional interaction between and among academicians, practitioners and students, promote the development and understanding of basic and applied research and of sound financial practices, and to enhance the quality of education in finance.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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