Alex Turczynski, Contributing Writer
The University of Dallas College of Business recently installed and inducted the first students into its new honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), another benefit of the university’s recent Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. During the ceremony, held April 19, UD’s chapter of the society was formally installed on campus and six graduate and 12 undergraduate students were inducted as its first members.
“It is an honor for me to be a part of the BGS and to be recognized at such a level,” said Lorena Luis Gomez Sandoval, one of the undergraduates inducted that day.
According to associate business professor Dr. Robert Walsh, BGS was founded in 1913 to recognize the top graduates of excellent business schools.
“It prides itself on having the ‘best in the business,’” said Walsh, who organized UD’s chapter of BGS.
To qualify for a chapter of BGS, a business school must be accredited by the AACSB, an accreditation that UD received in the fall of 2012.
Among other benefits, membership in BGS sends a positive message to employers, Walsh said.
“It tells a prospective employer that first, you went to one of the best business schools in the world, and second, you graduated at the very top of your class,” Walsh said.
To be inducted into BGS, an undergraduate student must be at the top 10 percent of his junior or senior class. A graduate student must be in the top 20 percent of his class.
When asked what current business students should do to become a part of the honor society, Gomez said, “I recommend that students really take advantage of the UD education for their overall business career—take advantage of the caring faculty and of the projects we have to develop our business career.”