Truly, the best of class: 83 are inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma.

With the world frequently using adjectives that “hedge” and accolades that encompass everyone, recognizing absolute excellence is particularly important.

In spring 2012, 83 students from the College of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU) were inducted into the international honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma.

Inductee Lauren Brown with Joyce J. Elam
Inductee Lauren Brown with Joyce J. Elam

“Only the top ten percent of undergraduate business students and the top 20 percent of graduate business students qualify for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma,” said the chapter’s faculty advisor Clifford Perry.

Eighty-three students earned the distinction this year, 48 of whom attended a special induction ceremony on March 29th, accompanied by their proud guests.

Executive Dean Joyce J. Elam, a board member for the national organization, welcomed the attendees.

“Dr. Elam congratulated the inductees on their outstanding achievement,” said Daniel Fernandez. He and Mohales Deis, both current members, were student representatives at the event. “She explained the mission of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international organization that is starting the celebration of its 100th anniversary, coming up in 2013.”

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of the reactivation of the FIU chapter,” Deis said.

Gloria Deckard, associate dean of the Landon Undergraduate School of Business, and other faculty members attended the event along with Elam and Perry.

Clifford Perry, Daniel Fernandez, Joyce J. Elam and Mohales Deis
Clifford Perry, Daniel Fernandez, Joyce J. Elam and Mohales Deis

The reception, dinner and ceremony were organized by Cassandra Alonso (BA ’08), manager, undergraduate academic support services; Anezka Martinez-Rios, (BBA ’01), coordinator, academic support services; Yanyn San Luis (BA ’10), student and alumni relations coordinator; and Shannon Crane and Daniela Mennechey, student assistants.

A wide variety of students are this year’s inductees.

Forty-seven undergraduate and 36 graduate students make up this year’s class of inductees, representing many majors and programs.

“We were pleased that two inductees at the event, Lauren Brown and Paul Cejas, are from the Professional BBA Sunrise Program,” Perry said. “I asked these students who also have full-time jobs about the effort they put into achieving such distinction. They both said it was difficult but very rewarding.”


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