UTPA Beta Gamma Sigma chapter and member garner recognitions
Posted: 02/01/2005
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The University of Texas-Pan American's collegiate chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is the accreditation agency for UTPA's College of Business Administration programs, has recently garnered national recognition in two areas by the organization.

In late fall, the UTPA chapter was recognized as a Premier Chapter based on its level of membership acceptance and promotional activities during the 2003-2004 year. Chapters granted this status have had at least 85 percent of their invitations, which are extended to only the top seven percent of business juniors, the upper 10 percent of business seniors and the highest 20 percent of business graduate students, accepted. UTPA had 86 percent of invited students choose to join Beta Gamma Sigma in 2003-2004.

Pictured beside the bronze key of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society located on campus are left to right Dr. Hale Kaynak, associate professor in management, marketing and international business and UTPA Beta Gamma Sigma chapter president; Robert Acosta, senior majoring in management and Beta Gamma Sigma leadership conference participant; Raul Cabrera, fall 2004 graduate in business administration with a major in economics, Beta Gamma Sigma leadership conference participant and F. Byron Nahser Leadership Award recipient; and Dr. John Emery, dean of the College of Business Administration.
Premier Chapter status guarantees the UTPA chapter will be eligible to award a $1,000 Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship in the 2005-2006 academic year as well as qualifies them for consideration as an Outstanding Chapter designation, the highest recognition a collegiate chapter can attain. In 2004, only 62 of 417 Beta Gamma Sigma collegiate chapters were recognized as a Premier Chapter.

Also, during Beta Gamma Sigma's fall 2004 Student Leadership Forum held Nov. 4-7 in San Antonio, Raul Cabrera, who graduated magna cum laude December 2004 with a bachelor's in business administration majoring in economics and a Beta Gamma Sigma member, was named the recipient of Beta Gamma Sigma's F. Byron Nahser Leadership Award. The award, which provides $2,500 towards future educational expenses, is named for F. Byron Nahser, managing partner of Corporantes, Inc. and chair and CEO of The Globe Group. Also attending the forum was senior Robert Acosta, a business management major graduating in May 2005.

Selection of the leadership award recipient is based on the student's previous leadership experience, community activity and academic excellence. An essay is also required explaining the student's expectations of a great leader and how those expectations impact his or her personal ideas on leadership.

Beta Gamma Sigma's Student Leadership Forum is an event designed to guide participants in exploring their own and other leadership styles by allowing them the opportunity to meet and work with other student leaders, attend informational lectures and presentations and engage in a variety of interactive activities.

Founded in 1913, the mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members. Of the 300,000 students expected to graduate from business programs each year, approximately 20,000 will be invited to join the society. Collegiate chapters can be found in all 50 states and four continents.

For more information on Beta Gamma Sigma at UTPA, including how your business can support this honor society, contact Dr. Hale Kaynak, president of the UTPA Beta Gamma Sigma chapter and associate professor in management, marketing and international business, at 956/381-3380 or via e-mail at