CSB Honor Society is Premier Chapter
The Cameron School of Business has been awarded as a Premier Chapter for the 2011-2012 year by the Beta Gamma Sigma Society. To receive this ranking, the Cameron School had 87 percent of their students become members. With this recognition brings eligibility to participate in the Beta Gamma Sigma Matching Funds Scholarship Program.
Dr. Carol Sullivan, visiting professor and president of the BGS chapter, said former vice president Ramon Fernandez worked hard to achieve this award and is honored for the group.
“Attaining Premier status in the first year of the UST Beta Gamma Sigma chapter’s existence is a great reflection on both the students involved and the University,” Sullivan said. “It shows that UST students pursue excellence in their formal academic studies as well as their business organizations. The opportunity to attend the Student Leadership Forum is also a chance to learn outside the classroom, and Elevia Le represented UST well with this endeavor.”
Participation in Beta Gamma Sigma allows business students to attend the Student Leadership Forum, which brings together student members from various colleges and universities across the country to improve their leadership skills. Elevia Le, a MBA student, attended the conference in November 2012 and Hana Muwaqet, a MBA student, will attend the conference in January 2013.
In a Success Story on the UST website, Le said the charisma and the dynamic of the group made the conference great.
“Everyone was really active and wanted to participate,” Le said. “Working with the same kind of people who are ambitious with high goals and having all that positivity around you makes you want to be a better person.”
In spring 2013, CSB will have their annual ceremony to induct 68 new members into BGS. Last spring, John Montgomery, founder and chairman of Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc., was the guest speaker. Montgomery and the Rev. Donald S. Nesti, CSSp, were the honorary inductees and Professor Lee Carl, associate professor of accounting, was the faculty inductee along with 71 students.
Ramon Fernandez, assistant professor of accounting, current chapter advisor and former vice president of BGS, said Cameron, an AACSB-accredited school, invites its top students to join Beta Gamma Sigma.
“Membership in BGS is the highest recognition that a business student anywhere in the world can receive,” he said. “It is a lifetime membership in the world’s largest network of business school graduates. The Honors Convocation that we have each spring is the highlight of our academic year as we induct our top students into this prestigious honor society. As chapter advisor, I am very proud that our young chapter has been named a Premier Chapter by having more than an 85 percent acceptance rate. We take BGS very seriously and make every effort to have our qualifying students join.”
The faculty sponsors’ for 2012-2013 are Sullivan, BGS president, and advisors Fernandez and Dr. Gulfem Bayram, assistant professor of economics, finance and decision information sciences.
BGS is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.
Photo One (left to right): Rev. Mike Buentello, CSB, John Montgomery, Adham Sherkawy and Rev. Donald Nesti, CSSp
Photo Two: 2012 Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony