LTU inducts 24 into business academic honor society
SOUTHFIELD—Twenty-four students of the College of Business and Information Technology at Lawrence Technological University were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Friday night in a ceremony at Plum Hollow Country Club.
Beta Gamma Sigma is an academic honor society for top business school students. Founded in 1913 at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois and the University of California, it has more than 800,000 members, selected from more than 600 collegiate chapters at business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB is the most prestigious accrediting body in business academics; only 5 percent of the world’s 16,000 institutions of higher learning offering business degrees have earned its accreditation.
Membership eligibility requirements include that a student must be in the top 10% of a bachelor’s degree business program or the top 20% of a master’s degree program. Membership is extended only after the student has completed more than half their coursework toward their degree.
“Truly, this year’s group of inductees represents the best of the best of an LTU business education,” said Bahman Mirshab, dean of the LTU College of Business and Information Technology. “We are part of a select group of business schools with AACSB accreditation, and the students in Beta Gamma Sigma represent the cream of that select crop.”
The keynote speaker for the event was U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield). Lawrence and Douglas Ebert were both presented with honorary membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.
Ebert told the inductees he had found five keys to success in business and life—passion, teamwork, balance, lifelong learning, and integrity. “You have to keep learning, keep your eyes open, keep your mind open,” he said.
Lawrence, meanwhile, returned several times to her desire for a flying car, and said she expected LTU graduates to work on it. Sobh later noted that two LTU graduates had indeed been offered jobs with a company developing one.
More seriously, Lawrence told the students that success in life is not measured by income, but influence; not power, but by personality; and not by capital, but by character. “People want to be heard, they want to be respected, they want to be included,” she said. “You succeed when you empower others.” And, she said, “I need you more than ever” to help solve some of society’s most vexing problems—war, refugees, the environment, equality, healthcare, and more.
Students honored by degree program were as follows:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Joshua Aker, Connor Davis, Brett Dulecki, Jason Erhardt, Kellen Harding, Madeline Hudson, Shelby Rasch, Noah Rodriguez, Marwah Saad, Nicole Waldenmeyer,
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: Lindon Camaj, Zachary Frier, Yousif Haddad
Master of Business Administration: Christina Montemayor, Yvonne Mouton, Marcos De Palacio Tortolero, Michael Perniciaro, Wasel Yousaf
Master of Science in Information Technology: Krishna Beri, Venkata Immadi, Anjani Prihanka Punnamaraju, Shrutika Sutrave
Dual degree, Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Technology: Allen Gee
Doctor of Business Administration: Matthew Ripper
Beta Gamma Sigma explains its three-letter name by noting that beta is the initial letter of the Greek word “bebaeos,” which signifies honor; gamma is the initial letter of the Greek word “gnosis,” which means wisdom; and sigma is the initial letter of the Greek word “spoude,” which means earnestness.
Lawrence Technological University is one of 13 private, technological, comprehensive doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best in the Midwest colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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