La Salle University’s business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) has been named the 2011 Gold Chapter Award recipient in its Outstanding Chapter program—the highest recognition a collegiate chapter can earn. Paul Brazina, Dean of the School of Business, accepted the award during BGS’s annual conference in New York City.
“Receiving the 2011 Gold Chapter Award recognizes the accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni,” said Brazina. “With over 500 active BGS chapters throughout the world, this badge of excellence reflects the Lasallian values taught in our classroom, practiced in our communities, and demonstrated in the workplace.”
With the Gold Chapter Award, La Salle received a $1,500 scholarship to present to a top BGS student. Matthew Holden, a junior BS/MBA accounting major, was selected for this scholarship. Marcelina Hollender, a sophomore BS/MBA accounting major, was selected for an additional $1,000 scholarship, which is funded in part by BGS.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)—a distinction held by fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide. Induction into BGS is one of the highest achievements available to business students in the world. Membership is only extended to the top seven and ten percent academically of junior and senior business majors respectively, and the top 20 percent of graduating MBA students from AACSB-accredited schools.
La Salle formed its BGS chapter in 1995, when the School of Business received its AACSB accreditation. The chapter has been recognized as one of the top five chapters eight of the past nine years and first won the Gold Chapter Award in 2004.
La Salle recently inducted 58 undergraduate and graduate students into its BGS chapter. In addition two alumni, AmyLynn Flood, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Stephen Zarrilli, chief financial officer of Safeguard Scientifics, were inducted as honorary members.
“The Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony is always one of the high points of my academic year. I’ve watched these students devote countless hours to their studies, sometimes struggling, but always persevering,” said Susan Borkowski, Ph.D., professor of accounting and BGS faculty advisor. “I consider it an honor to induct them into BGS and recognize their academic accomplishments.”
The Gold Chapter Award is just one of many BGS honors that La Salle’s chapter has been associated with in recent years. Last year, Diego Calderin, president and co-founder of Anexinet—a La Salle alumnus and Board of Trustees member—was named a recipient of the BGS Medallion for Entrepreneurship. In 2009, Borkowski received the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. In addition, alumnus and La Salle University Board of Trustees Chairman William R. Sautter, president and CEO of Elliot-Lewis Corporation, was named the recipient of the 2008 BGS Business Achievement Award, along with Sir Adrian Cadbury, founder of Cadbury Schweppes, Ltd.