Carolina University's chapter of the Society for the
Advancement of Management (SAM) was recently awarded first place for
medium sized chapters in the Campus Chapter Performance Program at the
Society for the Advancement of Management's annual international
conference held recently in St. Augustine, Fla.
Coastal business majors who were presented with Regional
Outstanding Student Awards were Misty Pendergraft, a senior from Lake
City; Christopher Langley, a senior from Alexandria, Va.; Melissa
Brumble, a senior from Dillion; and Eric Michel, a senior from Murrells
Inlet. Michel and Pendergraft were also among only 15 students
nationwide who were chosen as Outstanding National Student Award
winners. Langley, Joshua Barr, a senior from Reston, Va.; and Robert
Camp, a senior from Mrytle Beach, also competed with 33 other teams in
the annual case competition.
Coastal's chapter of SAM was chartered in 1998, and has grown from
13 members in 1998 to 33 in 2000. The organization's goals this past
year were to focus on professional development of its student members.
Over the past several months, students have participated in business
dining etiquette sessions in cooperation with Horry-Georgetown
Technical College, professional dress seminars in cooperation with
Belk, and resume writing and personal budgeting seminars on the Coastal
campus, as well as coordinated the applications of over 41 students to
a invitation-only careers conference in Atlanta. Several students have
been hired by major companies as a result of this intense effort on the
part of club members. Leadership for the club this year was provided by
Barr, president; Elanit Hasas, a junior from Myrtle Beach, vice
president; Langley, treasurer; Angela Buffkin, a senior from Murrells
Inlet, secretary; Pendergraft, fund-raising chair; and Michel,
"Students are beginning to see the real payoffs that they can
obtain from being active in a major professional organization," said
Darla Domke-Damonte, adviser for the club and assistant professor of
management at Coastal.
The mission of SAM is to provide an opportunity for the members to
increase management skills and expertise through participation in
programs and services designed to improve the professional quality of
their knowledge, performance, and leadership ability.
For more information, contact Domke-Damonte at 349-2129.