Beta Gamma Sigma is an honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Since it was established in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma has inducted more than 700,000 outstanding students into membership in more than 500 collegiate chapters in all 50 U.S. states and 22 countries. Additionally, 27 alumni chapters serve the needs of alumni members in major metropolitan areas.
Our college is an established Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma since 2007. Science then we inducted more than 260 business students. Each spring semester I organize the annual Induction and Awards Dinner for our college. I extend invitations to seniors and juniors whose GPA places them at the top 10% and MBA students whose GPA places them at the top 20% of their cohorts. This year we inducted more than 70% of the invited students, which will entitles our college to be nominated as an Exemplary Chapter.
Since last year we started a tradition of inducting eligible faculty members into Beta Gamma Sigma. Last year I was inducted and this year our Interim Dean and the MBA director were inducted. Last year we also began to extend Chapter Honorees to our keynote speakers. We conclude the event by giving excellence awards to outstanding students.
This event takes all spring semester to organize but students appreciate it immensely. Our president, provost, and many faculty members attend it providing a chance for student-faculty informal interaction. Students are allowed to bring guests who witness their accomplishments at the dinner. Last year about 140 people attended this event and this year we grew to 200 attendees (45% growth rate).
To help me organize this event, I offer students the opportunity to become involved as Vice Presidents. This year we awarded these students with bronze medallions for their hard work and dedication to our chapter.
It is always a great pleasure for me to experience the celebratory nature of this event. I believe that students cherish this experience long after they graduate.