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Business honor society welcomes new members

Monday, April 29, 2013

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Business has welcomed 29 students into its chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society that recognizes the top business students from around the world.

The 2013 class joins an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

“This year we have another truly outstanding group of students,” said Jide Wintoki, assistant finance professor and faculty advisor to Beta Gamma Sigma. “These students were selected not because they did well in just one class or in one course. They were selected because they did well over their entire careers at KU.”

To be eligible for Beta Gamma Sigma invitation, students must rank in the top seven percent of the baccalaureate and top 10 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The students were inducted in a special ceremony hosted by the school on April 3 at Adams Alumni Center. The inductees were treated to remarks by Beth Ward, business alumna and retail operations vice president at Hallmark.

With the expansion of accreditation by AACSB International, membership is no longer limited to those who have studied in the U.S. or Canada. Beta Gamma Sigma has installed collegiate chapters and inducted students on six continents.

Since 1919, Beta Gamma Sigma has been the only scholastic honor society recognized by the AACSB.

The following students are KU’s 2013 inductees.

Master of Accounting

  • Jonathan Ahrens
  • Michelle Coombs
  • Melissa Lightner
  • Jessica Sheahon
  • Mohammad Siddiqui

Master of Business Administration

  • Benjamin Gaydess-Hodgins
  • Yosathon Laoprapassorn
  • Patthikarn Nitisingkarin

Junior undergraduates

  • Travis Jacobsen
  • Alan Laufer
  • Hal McCoy III

Senior undergraduates

  • Melanie Archange
  • John Bartak
  • Margaret Carmody
  • Paul Davis
  • Molly Flood
  • Miles Gill
  • Kaleb Gilmore
  • Margaret Haugh
  • Wenqi Hu
  • Anna Hurst
  • Adam Lewis
  • Li Lingyun
  • Mary McCandless
  • Alyssa Ong
  • Zhiwei Qu
  • Noah Quinn
  • Jack Shuss
  • Yi Zhu


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