Beta Gamma Sigma inducts UTPA students and faculty at April 19 ceremony
Posted: 05/06/2005
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The College of Business Administration at The University of Texas-Pan American inducted 41 graduate and undergraduate students as well as three faculty members into Beta Gamma Sigma at an April 19 induction ceremony.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and has as its mission to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members.

Pictured are some of the participants in the April 19 induction ceremony of students and faculty at The University of Texas-Pan American into Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Student inductees included Yesica Alanis, Selina Annette Alaniz, Maria Patricia Alvarado, Erasmo Arjona, Purvi Dinesh Bhakta, Jayshree N. Bhat, Lorenzo Bocanegra II, Daniel Alberto Cansino, Erika A. Cardenas, Hector Joel Castañeda, Karina Esparza, Martha Nicole Espinoza, Todd William Garner, Amy Claudette Guerra, Rebecca Gutierrez, Wayne Michael Jones, Bee Kian Loh, Olivia Lopez, Abraham Eli Marquez, Raul Concepcion Medina, Mariela Molina, Mariana A. Mugica, Marla Dalinda Muñoz, Samara Novelo, Jose E. Olivares, Yvonne Michelle Ortegon, Kyle Thomas Pugh, Leticia Reyes, Maria E. Rincón, Eduvina Rodríguez, Julissa Janneth Rodríguez, Maciej Zdzislaw Ruszczak, Jo Ann Sanchez, Benjamin Uriel Silva, Emmanuel Siordia, Adelita Vargas, Handan Vicdan, Ana L. Villarreal, Roberto Villarreal, Yvonne C. Villescas and Ann Mary Westerman.

Faculty inductees included Dr. Alberto Dávila, Dr. Teofilo Ozuna and Dr. Arturo Z. Vasquez.

"Only the best business students in the world, and the professionals who earned the distinction of "The Best in Business" during their academic careers, can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. This year's Beta Gamma Sigma inductees from UTPA have certainly earned that title," said Dr. Hale Kaynak, associate professor of operations management in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business in the College of Business Administration. Kaynak is president of the UTPA chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma.

While almost 300,000 students receive bachelor's 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 AACSB International are eligible for this invitation.

With the expansion of accreditation by AACSB International, membership is no longer limited to those who have studied in the United States or Canada Kaynak explained.

"Beta Gamma Sigma membership has become a truly international honor," Kaynak said. "These outstanding UTPA students have achieved the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master's program at a school accredited by AACSB International."

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