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Beta Gamma Sigma Recognized with Highest Honors

  • Author: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

The WKU Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honors society for business, has been recognized as a chapter of Highest Honors for the 2016-17 academic year by the National Beta Gamma Sigma organization.

“This status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus,” said Christina Allrich, Director of Collegiate and Alumni Operations for Beta Gamma Sigma.

Students ranking in the top 10 percent of undergraduate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are eligible for Beta Gamma Sigma membership.

As a chapter of Highest Honors, the WKU chapter earns an Honor Roll Scholarship, which covers the expenses of one student registration for the 2017 Global Leadership Summit. The Summit will take place November 2-5 in Orlando, Fla.

Four WKU students will attend this year’s Global Leadership Summit: Alex Bishop, an accounting major from Nashville; Nathan Cherry, a management major from Bowling Green; Kyla Scanlon, an economics and finance double major from Louisville; and Kasey Thorn, a  marketing major from Elizabethtown.

“We are proud of our Beta Gamma Sigma student members and faculty advisors for their high level of dedication to outstanding business education,” said Dr. Jeff Katz, Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business. “As an applied College of business, we are particularly proud to be among the elite colleges of business across the world to hold this level of accreditation and distinction for student engagement.”

Faculty advisors for the 2016-17 academic year were: Dr. Evelyn Thrasher and Dr. Dawn Bolton.

“Each spring, the advisors and Deans go into the classrooms to personally recognize and invite the top students for membership into Beta Gamma Sigma,” said Dr. Thrasher. “The induction ceremony takes place during our annual banquet, with family, friends, and faculty present to show support for these students. Having the opportunity to honor our highest achieving students in such a special way is extremely rewarding and a testament to the value placed on high-quality education in the Gordon Ford College of Business.”

Beta Gamma Sigma was founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1913 as the first national honor society for business majors and has a network of more than 625,000 business professionals who have earned lifetime membership. The WKU Chapter was founded in 1983.

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