Beta Gamma Sigma Award CeremonyBeta Gamma Sigma Award Ceremony
On Saturday, April 28, the Beta Gamma Sigma award ceremony culminated Honors Weekend.

In front of a small and select audience of new initiates, family members, guests and continuing members, graduating seniors and MBAs were recognized for their achievements and presented with blue and gold Beta Gamma Sima honor stoles to wear at Commencement. Michael Edwards, 2011-2012 Beta Gamma Sigma National Scholar, was also recognized, as were Jennifer O’Leary, Julius Vainauskas, and Joe Zenz, who participated in the fall 2011 Beta Gamma Sigma National Student Leadership Forum.

Twenty-five new members were inducted, which included seventeen juniors, two seniors and six MBA candidates. The average GPA for undergraduate initiates is 3.84, with the average GPA for MBA initiates, 3.94.

Participating in the induction ceremony were Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman, BGS chapter president and chapter faculty advisor, Susan Rosenthal, associate professor and management department chair, as well as professor Joanne Burress and assistant professor Aimee Dars Ellis. Photos were taken by associate professor Granger Macy. All are members of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Professor Rosenthal's eyes sparkle and she bubbles over with enthusiasm when she talks about the Beta Gamma Sigma students.  "It is truly my pleasure to recognize and honor the best and brightest students in the School of Business.  They have made exemplary contributions to the School and College, and are the ethical business and community leaders of the future." said Rosenthal.

Lifetime membership in the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a program accredited by AACSB International.  Juniors and seniors must be in the top 10% of their class; MBA candidates in the top 20%.  Founded in 1913, nearly 700,000 exceptional business students worldwide have been inducted into this elite network of excellence. Members live and work in all 50 states and more than 160 countries around the world. 

Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman adds, "Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma represents the highest honor a business student can achieve. The scholastic accomplishments of our Beta Gamma Sigma inductees are at the highest level, and these are matched by the outstanding work many of them don outside the the classroom. We are extremely proud of these wonderful IC students!"  

Guest speaker at the induction ceremony was Robert J. Madill, Partner & General Manager of
Sheldrake Point Vineyard on Cayuga Lake and 2009 recipient of the prestigious New York Wine & Grape Foundation Unity Award.  He is an international wine judge, wine educator, and board member of the International Riesing Foundation.  Bob is also the chair of the 36-member Finger Lakes Wine Alliance.  His address: "Message in a Bottle: Stories from a Life's Mosaic."


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