Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts 111 McDonough Students

May 09, 2008 betagammasigma2008_01

In a recent ceremony at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, Beta Gamma Sigma, the international scholastic honor society for business and management, inducted 111 students into its ranks. The event marked the 25th Georgetown class to be inducted into the organization.

The evening's inductees included undergraduate students in the top 10 percent of both the junior and senior classes. The society also inducted the top 20 percent of the MBA class, including students in the International Executive MBA program and, for the first time, students from the School's Evening MBA program. McDonough School Professor of the Practice Betsy Sigman was the Chapter's faculty initiate.

Beta Gamma Sigma encourages and honors academic achievement in the study of business, and it aims to foster personal and professional excellence among its lifelong members. Membership in the Society is the only academic honor noted on the student's transcript.

Greg Foster, Chairman and President of Filmed Entertainment at the IMAX Corporation, served as this year's inducting officer. He urged the inductees to stay on the high road because it is a healthier path to happiness. "Have the courage to be true to yourself; if you honor your blueprint, others will, too," he said. "We live in a world where everyone is always talking everyone out of things, don't let anyone talk you out of what you love and success will follow."

Professor Ilkka A. Ronkainen, Georgetown's chapter president, also addressed the inductees on the opportunities that Beta Gamma Sigma membership provides. "The Society is committed to keeping in touch with its members who have the opportunity to network with their colleagues worldwide," he said. "At Georgetown, the Society promotes mentoring activities such as the First Year Workshop and creating business projects for the undergraduate student body."

About the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

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About Georgetown University

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