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Beta Gamma Sigma Information Session Spring 2014

Beta Gamma Sigma has again hosted its semi-annual Cotsakos College of Business professional enrichment event on March 11, 2014. The primary objective was to emphasize the benefits of joining the William Paterson Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter and the importance of utilizing LinkedIn as a professional networking tool.

Many students attended the session to learn more about joining Beta Gamma Sigma. Attendees were informed that being part of the prestigious honor society is not only something to put on a resume but it is also beneficial when establishing a network of high- achieving professionals. Students who attended the session learned that it is a significant achievement to be inducted into the society.

During the second half of the event, students learned about the ever-growing significance establishing a carefully selected network on LinkedIn and utilizing it to its maximum capability. Frequent preservation and use of one’s LinkedIn can give him or her the extra edge in the competitive professional world because it is becoming increasingly common for potential employers to review your profile prior to hiring you. LinkedIn profiles should be designed to give a snapshot of who you as a professional and they should differentiate you from the rest of the candidates.

If you missed the event and are interested in knowing more on the proceeding subjects, a professional event on similar topics is scheduled to be held during the fall semester. The date, time and location of the fall event have not been determined yet.‚Äč

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Professional Enrichment Event with Enterprise-Rent-A-Car

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Beta Gamma Sigma was pleased to be a part of a Professional Enrichment Event sponsored by Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. Faculty and students joined the management team and networking experts from Enterprise for a fun, interactive seminar. Dr. Florenthal opened the event explaining Beta Gamma Sigma prestige and benefits. Jennifer Santiago, Talent Acquisition Manager at Enterprise and top performing managers in the area, enlightened students with tips on networking, why we avoid networking, what effective networking is, simple do’s and don’ts, and how to leverage social media. Additional topics discussed included elevator speeches, how to utilize Twitter professionally, and LinkedIn vs. Facebook. Students were given three opportunities to win $200-$250 gift cards. The raffles included a resume contest, a Twitter contest, and a participation contest. The event concluded with a lunch and a chance to network with the top Enterprise managers.

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Beta Gamma Sigma Event

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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.


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Business Honors @ Honors Week

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Last week was a very busy week for me as I attended three thesis presentations of our business honors students and an honors banquet.

Our university has a very active Honors College with dynamic director and assistant director. The Honors College offer scholarships to incoming students that apply to the honors program and meet the necessary requirements. Each department or collage chooses a director to work with honors students once they declared their honors track. I am the director of the business honors track.

Each spring semester in April the honors college organizes honors week where students graduating in May present their theses to other honors students, faculty advisors, and honors directors. The honors week ends with a banquet where students invite a guest and they are awarded their honors cords.

This spring I oversaw the completion of three theses, working closely with the advisors, attended the presentations, and participated in the honors banquet. At the banquet I handed the graduating honors students their cords and met with their family and friends. It was a very rewarding week for me.