La Salle University’s business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), has been named the 2012 Silver Chapter Award in its Outstanding Chapter program—the second highest recognition a collegiate chapter can earn. The Award was presented to Paul Brazina, Dean of La Salle’s School of Business, at the BGS Dean’s Luncheon in San Diego, Ca. on April 29.
“Over the past nine years, our La Salle chapter has been chosen eight times as one of the top five chapters in the world,” said Susan Borkowski, Ph.D., professor of accounting and BGS faculty adviser. “To consistently be named as one of the best from more than 500 chapters worldwide year after year, not only speaks to the quality of our business program, but of our students as well. Our students worked very hard to earn this distinction, and I am very proud of them.”
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 10 percent academically of junior and senior business majors respectively, and the top 20 percent of graduating MBA students from AACSB-accredited schools.
Last month, La Salle held a ceremony to induct 56 undergraduate and graduate students into its BGS chapter. In addition, two alumni, Maureen Cumpstone, owner of Sorolla Rose Restaurant in Flourtown, Pa., and Robert Fabiszewski, a member of the Board of Directors for TRECAP Partners, LLC, were inducted as honorary members.
With the Silver Chapter Award, La Salle received a $1,250 scholarship to present to a top BGS student. Nicole Hockenberry, a junior accounting and finance major, was selected for this scholarship. Patricia Oswald, sophomore BS/MBA accounting major was selected for an additional $1,000 scholarship, which is funded in part by BGS.
“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,” said Borkowski. “I consider it an honor to induct them into BGS and recognize their academic achievements.”