La Salle University’s business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) has been named the 2014 Gold Chapter Award recipient in its Outstanding Chapter program—the highest recognition a collegiate chapter can earn. In ten of the past 11 years, La Salle’s chapter has been named one of the top five chapters in the world. This year marks the third Gold Chapter Award for the University—having previously won in 2004 and 2011.
La Salle was selected from more than 500 collegiate chapters worldwide for being the most successful and involved chapter.
“Receiving the Gold Chapter Award recognizes our Lasallian values in action—whether in the classroom, serving the community, or demonstrated in the workplace,” said Susan Borkowski, Ph.D., professor of accounting and faculty adviser for BGS. “This award acknowledges the dedication and success of our students not only academically, but outside the classroom as well.”
At La Salle, BGS students are heavily involved in serving the local community. Last year, students held a food collection drive called, “Bring a Box, a Can, or a Buck.” Their efforts raised more than $200 and collected more than 700 pounds of food, which was donated to a local food bank. In addition, as part of the “BGS Gives Back Program,” students worked with La Salle faculty and PwC staff to provide a day-long series of financial literacy workshops to Cristo Rey High School students and their parents.
With the Gold Chapter Award, La Salle received a $1,500 scholarship to present to a top BGS student, which has been awarded to junior Herbert Hess.
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.
Earlier this month, La Salle inducted 60 undergraduate and graduate students into its BGS chapter. In addition, La Salle President Brother Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D., who is retiring as President next month, and alumna Marci Bossow Schankweiler, ’90, President and Founder of For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation, were this year’s Chapter honorees.
“The Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony is always one of the high points of my academic year,” said Borkowski. “I continue to be delighted and grateful that every year has brought new challenges, new opportunities, and another outstanding group of newly-inducted students with whom I can work and mentor, and more importantly, from whom I can learn.”