Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter obtains Highest Honors ranking

August 31, 2018 | News, UToday, Alumni, Business and Innovation
By Bob Mackowiak

The Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter in the UT College of Business and Innovation has qualified for recognition as a Highest Honors Chapter, the top level of recognition a chapter can earn as part of the Chapter Honor Roll Program.

Qualifying for Highest Honors is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is highly valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus.

UT Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter advisors Kimberly Nigem, left, and Dr. Amal Said, right, posed for a photo with chapter officers, from left, Eric Wright, Amanda Martin, Gabe Gretz and Breanna Straka. Kirsten M. Zalewski, another chapter officer, is not pictured.

The chapter advisers are Dr. Amal Said, associate professor of accounting, and Kimberly Nigem, associate lecturer in management.

Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma is the international business honor society for Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited institutions, which are the top 5 percent of business school programs around the world. Inducted as students, Beta Gamma Sigma members go on to serve in critical leadership roles in corporate, entrepreneurial, government, nonprofit and academic sectors.

“This recognition is their recognition,” Nigem said. “They dedicated many hours to Beta Gamma Sigma and passionately pursued their vision of what UT’s chapter should, could and did accomplish. Through the efforts of their highly motivated, innovative and creative team, the chapter has earned this award. The award is truly a reflection of who our students are: They are Beta Gamma Sigma, they are the College of Business and Innovation, and they are UT.

“The UT Beta Gamma Sigma team members were committed to help our chapter achieve its fullest potential,” Nigem added. “They had a collective vision to transform the organization into a valuable asset for the College of Business and Innovation, UT, our students, and our communities.”

Dr. Anne Balazs, dean of the College of Business and Innovation, will accept the award during the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International Conference and Annual Meeting in April.

Nigem said, “This award is a reflection of UT’s and the College of Business and Innovation’s dedication to excellence inside and outside of the classroom. I am very proud of our student leaders and their commitments to academic, professional and personal success. They are tremendous ambassadors of our UT Rocket nation.

“This recognition was made possible by the high-level academic success and achievements of our College of Business and Innovation undergrad, graduate and PhD students,” Nigem said. “The UT chapter under the leadership of our new president, Jamal Shaheen, will continue efforts to engage the chapter’s alumni, increase involvement with other student organizations, and continue to connect with our community.”

Beta Gamma Sigma members reside in all 50 U.S. states and more than 190 countries. Notable members include Nobel Prize winners, Olympians, inventors, CEOs of major global companies and nonprofit organizations, deans of the top business schools, and others who are making the world a better place at all levels of contribution through social enterprise, service and leadership.

A Highest Honors Chapter is eligible for several benefits, including one Global Leadership Summit Registration Scholarship, which covers the cost of one student registration, hotel accommodations, program materials, and most meals for the 2018 Global Leadership Summit to take place in November in Chicago.

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