School of Business inducts new members of Beta Gamma Sigma

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Business has welcomed 22 students into its chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society that recognizes the top business students from around the world.

The 2012 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 adviser 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 April 27at the Adams Alumni Center.

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 2012 inductees:

Master's: Charles Coffey, Mission; Samir Mowad Jr., Kansas City, Mo.; Trang Nguyen and Carissa Swanwick, Lenexa; Andrew Smith, Olathe; Denton Zeeman, Suffolk, Great Britain

Senior undergraduates: James Bost, Lawrence; Katharine Chauvin, Lawrence; Yuhao He, China; Dominik Hertzler, Lawrence; Kristin Lacio, Kingman; Kai Mao, China; Kelsey McConnell, Overland Park; Luke Nitchals, Lawrence; Boyd Price, Shawnee; John Sandridge, Leawood; Robin Soltis, Topeka; Joseph Viviano, Overland Park.

Junior undergraduates: Carlo Manrique Aquize, New York, N.Y.; Kevin Novosel, Olathe; Christopher Schmitz, Holton; Margaret Zehren, Olathe.