Thirty students recently earned the prestigious invitation for membership into The International Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma. These students join the eighteen current student members and twenty-five faculty members in ACU’s chapter. To be eligible, students’ GPA is in the top 10% in our BBA program, and the top 20% in our MAcc program.

Refreshments at the Induction Ceremony

From the Beta Gamma Sigma website:

Founded in 1913, the first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California. Today Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society that provides the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate (graduate) program at a school accredited by AACSB International. The mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members.

Beta Gamma Sigma’s objectives include:

  • to encourage and honor high academic achievement by students of business and management through chapters in AACSB accredited business programs
  • to foster in members an enduring commitment to the founding principles and values of the Society: honor and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, and earnestness
  • support and advancement of business thought and practice, to encourage lifelong learning
  • enhance the value of Beta Gamma Sigma for students and alumni members in their professional lives, and
  • advance the visibility and reputation of Beta Gamma Sigma

To begin our ceremony, Dr. Rick Lytle welcomed the new member students and explained some of the perks of membership into Beta Gamma Sigma. Besides lifelong membership and a really sharp medal they wear over their robes during commencement exercises, the new member students will also receive a free year subscription to BusinessWeek, Fortune and The Week. Additionally, students planning on sitting for the CPA will receive a $250 discount off of a Kaplan, Princeton Review or Becker review course. There is also a section on the BGS website with jobs that only BGS members are eligible to apply for. Dr. Lytle also shared that our current student members received a unique invitation from the University of North Carolina recently – automatic admittance into their MBA program, no GMAT score required!

Dr. Lytle explaining the perks of membership

Before the official inductions, Dr. Terry Pope read a scripture from Psalms. Then Dr. Monty Lynn and Dr. Don Pope inducted the new student members.

New student member receiving her certificate packet from Dr. Pope

After the new student members had received their certificate packets, Dr. Tim Coburn offered a prayer of blessing over these students.

A prayer of blessing over the new members

New members proudly showing their certificates

Here are the new student members:

  • Raul Andino
  • Lily Assaad
  • Brett Batchelor
  • Trenton Brough
  • Jenni Burks
  • Elizabeth Carpenter
  • Ashley Carroll
  • Layken Cathey
  • Chase Cobern
  • Ross Darden
  • Molley Dudensing
  • Taylor Fortney
  • Brandon Fry
  • Daniel Greenberg
  • Eric Goff
  • Cade Isham
  • Simon Jowett
  • Charles Levitte
  • VJ McElroy
  • Brennen McMullin
  • Hannah Ostertag
  • Michael Powell
  • Jacob Raitz
  • Semei Rodriguez
  • Jourdan Shirley
  • Chris Sisk
  • Matthew Stark
  • Elle Whitaker
  • Robby Wiginton
  • Jada Yarbrough

Congratulations to these students and their outstanding academic achievements!