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Top Students Inducted Into International Honor Society

May 18, 2018

LSBE congratulates the 25 students who have accepted invitation into Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) membership. 

Dr. Ariuna Taivan, LSBE associate professor of Economics, was also inducted. BGS, the business school equivalent of the liberal arts Phi Beta Kappa, invites only those students who have earned the distinction of “The Best in Class” during their academic career and doctoral students who have completed their dissertations.  

The induction ceremony was held April 12, 2018, and featured guest speaker David McMillan, chair of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and UMD/LSBE alumnus. McMillan presented his speech “Leadership and Community Engagement.”

The evening also included the recognition of Dr. Seung Lee, LSBE associate professor of Management Information Systems, as BGS Faculty Member of the Year.

The newly inducted Beta Gamma Sigma students are:

Juniors: Kjersten Anderson, Brendon Cleland-Babcock, Brandon Evancevich, Margaret Furlong, Emily Handshaw, Hannah Koller, Nicholas Lawson, Benjamin Liebl, Scott McNamara, Ryan Meyers, Sydney Nelson, Claire Plombon, Gage Read, Ryan Roeker, Yuanjun Song, Rachel Szymanski, and Maggie Zheng.

Seniors: Marsha Jones, Hayley Lundgren, Grant Pulver, Brandon Sauve', Keke Sirjord, Brianna Walton, Xinyu Zhang, Xinyi Zheng

Faculty: Ariuna Taivan

Also, current BGS member, Megan Stemper, who has a triple major of Organizational Management, Marketing, and Human Resources was able to participate in the BGS Global Leadership Summit this past year in Orlando. The over 400 BGS collegiate members heard from world-class speakers, gained advice and insights from thought leaders, and networked with fellow BGS members who attended from across the globe. You can read her narrative on the LSBE website.  

Students ranking in the top 10 percent of their junior or senior class and top 20 percent of masters programs at schools accredited by AACSB International are eligible for this invitation to honor society membership. Globally, 786 business schools are accredited by AACSB.  

BGS membership is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

BGS was founded as a United States national organization in 1913. Its mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence.