The university’s brightest business students were invited to join the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society as lifetime members.
The following 16 students, a faculty member and two chapter honorees were inducted into the newly established IU Northwest chapter at a ceremony, which took place on Friday, May 6, 2005 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville.
Inducted juniors: Brandon Victor Barks of Crown Point, Kimberly A.
Corley-Preston of Valparaiso and Vince Allen Hausmann of Hammond.
Inducted seniors: Audrey Rose Castaneda of Hobart, Kathleen J. Erwin of Valparaiso, Derek Graf of Valparaiso, Lisa Ellen Gray of St. John, Ryan Thomas Mistarz of Cedar Lake, Guadalupe Ortiz of Lake Station, Elynn Jeannot Pierzchalski of Merrillville, Mary Louise Rieger of Portage, Angela Sanders of Crown Point and Jacob Samuel Wood of Valparaiso.
Inducted Master’s students: Amy Boedeker of Chesterton, Donald Powers Fesko of Munster and Brandy Blue Jones of Valparaiso.
Associate Professor of C. David Strupeck of Portage was also recognized at the ceremony along with Chapter Honorees Kenneth R. Haluska of Hobart and Mary Ann Shacklett of Munster.
Only the top business students in the world, along with professionals who have earned the distinction of "The Best in Business" during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. While almost 300,000 students receive bachelors or master’s degrees in business each year, only about 20,000 are inducted into lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top seven percent of the junior class, top 10 percent of the senior class and top 20 percent of master’s programs at schools accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) are eligible for this invitation.
"The School of Business and Economics congratulates the students who have received invitations to membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Each of these outstanding students have certainly earned this elite honor," said Dean Anna Rominger.
The School of Business and Economics at IU Northwest has recently achieved accreditation of its business programs by AACSB International. As a result of this achievement, the school has established a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.
With chapters in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, Beta Gamma Sigma today is truly an international society that remains dedicated to recognizing the most outstanding students of business and management. The society serves business schools accredited by AACSB International in the 21st Century knowing that its membership of more than 500,000 comprises the brightest and best of the world’s business leaders.
For more information about this event, please call the School of Business and Economics at (219) 980-6552.