New co-ed fraternity welcomes marketing enthusiasts

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The provisions of the Governor’s Executive Order which relax operational restrictions, the State mask mandate still applies to all educational institutions, including colleges and universities. Accordingly, Southeastern will continue to abide by the campus policy requiring face coverings.

A new fraternal organization is making its way to campus for all students looking to incorporate business into their collegiate careers.

Southeastern will soon have its own chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, the only national co-ed professional fraternity for sales, marketing and management. The fraternity opens doors for students to participate in conferences, network with professionals and gain a head start in their professional careers.

April Kemp, PhD, assistant professor of marketing and supply chain management, said the new chapter is open to anyone interested in marketing, sales and networking.

“We are recruiting members who have an interest in marketing or sales. They do not have to be business majors. We created a sales student organization a couple of years ago but want to affiliate with a national organization in order to give students more opportunities,” Kemp said.

The sales student organization Kemp referred to is part of the Professional Sales Program, a guided set of courses that provides students with real-world experience in sales. 

Brielle Ricca, a graduate assistant for the sales program, explained that the addition of a fraternity would foster more opportunities for a broader range of students.

“The sales program provides networking, professional development and leadership. We knew we needed an organization open to all business students to allow for personal and professional growth. As the sales program GA, one of my roles has been to build Pi Sigma Epsilon from the ground up,” Ricca said.

The goal is to have the fraternity chapter up-and-running by next semester, according to Ricca.

She said, “There are conventions each semester Pi Sigma Epsilon puts on, weekly meetings for our chapter, community outreach, and much more. I look forward to building connections and getting more involved on campus. Anyone who has the desire to network with business professionals and is interested in sales is encouraged to join.”

Kemp aims to have PSE officers established and organizational activities planned by the end of the semester.

“My goals for the organization this semester include recruiting at least 30 members, filling the officer positions and planning out the rest of the year’s activities so they can become a recognized chapter by the national organization,” Kemp said.

Kemp said PSE will provide Southeastern students with a chance to distinguish themselves and establish lifelong opportunities.

 “The mission of Pi Sigma Epsilon is to develop the sales and marketing skills of its members through lifelong opportunities. Being a member of PSE is a great opportunity for personal growth and development. Being involved in PSE is also something that could help set students apart from their peers when applying for jobs,” Kemp said.

Anyone interested in joining the new chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon can reach out to Ricca at [email protected]