Student Organizations

We encourage you to get involved in an SHRM student organization. Involvement in student activities is a great way to network with other students and industry leaders, build valuable leadership experience, and have fun! Participating as a leader in one of these SHRM clubs is another way to differentiate yourself from your SHRM peers.
Join us for Club Night, at the beginning of each semester, when you can learn more about each organization.


Club Managers Association of America

CMAA is designed for students with an interest in the club industry. Networking and continuing education are the focus of this organization. Members get involved in fund-raising activities, attend the national conference and senior chapter meetings, host club manager speakers, volunteer at a major PGA golf tournament, as well as go on tours of clubs. This is a great way to obtain internships and quality F & B training. If you are interested in learning about the club industry, this organization will help you open doors.

See Dr. Wiener for additional information.

Club Events
April Highway Cleanup

On May 1, 2011CMAA braved the Sping winds to clean up on the highway south of Flagstaff.

The students tried to stay ahead of the winds as they picked up trash along their two mile section of I-17 from Kelly Canyon to Newman Ranch Road.

"We ran out of bags before we ran out of trash," reports Paul Wiener, faculty advisor.

84th Club Managers Association of America World Conference

Held Feb. 24- 28 in Orlando, Florida. The NAU student chapter had 5 students attend to network with peers and industry professionals.

The students had opportunities to go to general student info sessions, various industry related sessions with guest speakers, a career showcase (allowing for students to learn more information about different clubs nationwide and apply for internships and full time positions), the Industry Expo (to show students which vendors provide which services to clubs), and university specific career building exercises.


NAU Club Managers Student Chapter and Faculty Advisor at the Student Icebreaker at the 84th Club Managers Association of America World Conference
Event included dinner and networking amongst the students of each university chapter present (300 students)

Student Chapter Officers' Symposium
Each student chapter on the country may bring up to 3 student officers to this event in order to exchange ideas. Discussion topics included what has worked or not worked in the areas of recruitment, participation, retention, fund raising, and social events.

Members of Student Chapter at dinner with the Greater Southwest Chapter (AZ,NV, NM) of CMAA at the California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort, CMAA World Conference
Students and Club Managers from our Senior Chapter broke bread together

Members of the NAU Student Chapter with their Faculty Adviser at the California Grill, Disney's contemporary Resort
After a night with networking, a fireworks show, and fine dining we got together as a student chapter for a picture.

Overall, an excellent growing experience for all students who had the chance to attend.


"It was an amazing time for the 5 students who attended, filled with educational sessions, networking, and fun."

-- Kate Mante
President-Club Managers Association of America
School of Hotel & Restaurant Mangement
Northern Arizona University

Delta Sigma Pi

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional business fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce and further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.

See Prof. Reich for additional information.

Eta Sigma Delta

ESD is a hospitality honor fraternity that recognizes HRM students with outstanding academic achievement. Members must have and maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. Members get involved in HRM fund-raising, community, and social events. Students can join ESD in their sophomore year.

See Dr. Vallen or Prof. Reich for additional information.

Hospitality Entrepreneurs

HE is an organization designed to give its members the opportunity to be exposed to the many aspects of the hospitality industry from an entrepreneurial perspective. Some of the activities include tours and visits to properties, as well as hosting guest speakers who are successful entrepreneurs.

See Suzanne Siler for additional information.

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

HSMAI is an organization designed for HRM students focused or beginning to focus upon a hospitality career to either market to or service the $75 billion group and meetings industry. The aim of HSMAI is to enhance career and leadership growth by offering “sponsored” networking opportunities with industry contacts, one-on-one mentoring opportunities, students and industry practitioners, industry speakers and programs at CMSA meetings, and scholarships provided by industry open only to HSMAI members.

See Dr. McNeill for additional information.

Meeting Professionals International

MPI is for students wanting to network in the world of meeting/event/corporate planners while developing friendships. We attend chapter meetings in PHX and also hold local meetings. We invite guest speakers from the industry to HRM for an evening of sharing also.

See Dr. Vallen for more information.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

NSMH addresses diversity, multiculturalism, and career development for its student members. We provide events and programs that facilitate building relationships between students, industry professionals, other hospitality organizations, and each other.

See Kathleen King for additional information.

Northern Arizona Craft Beer Association

Learn about the making and history of beers around the world.  You don't need to be 21 years old to join and participate.

See Chef Mark Molinaro for additional information

Student Hospitality National Advisory Board

SHNAB is designed to have direct communication to and from the National Advisory Board for the HRM program here at NAU.  Members plan on participating in many activities each semester and have the opportunity for "face-time" with industry professionals and local properties.  Members will also visit many properties mostly in the Phoenix area, to get a better feel for the world of HRM.  See Dr. Jon Hales for additional information.

The Wine Club

The Wine Club is designed for students to explore the world of wine. Tastings are held to allow students to sample wines from all over the world, and share their perceptions with fellow members. Everyone is encouraged, (but not required), to research wine and areas they are interested in, to share with members. If you are interested in learning more about wine, you should consider joining the HRM Wine Club.

Please see Dr. Rande for additional information.

United Club Council

UCC coordinates the activities of all HRM student organizations, helping to avoid overlaps and conflicts. The council is typically comprised of a president or an appointed officer from each club and chaired by a faculty advisor.

See Kim Knowles for additional information.