Twenty-six business students have been initiated into the McNeese State University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Scholastic Business Honor Society.
Phil D. Conway, managing director and head of Capital Advisory in the United States for the JPMorgan Private Bank, was the guest speaker for the initiation ceremony. Conway received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from McNeese and was named the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus by the McNeese Alumni Association.
Membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, which stands for honor, wisdom and earnestness respectively, is the highest national academic recognition that an undergraduate or graduate business student can receive. Only the top 10 percent of the junior class, 10 percent of the senior class and 20 percent of the MBA graduates are nominated each year.
Only institutions accredited by the AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the recognized accrediting agency for undergraduate and master's programs in business, are eligible for Beta Gamma Sigma chapters.
Beta Gamma Sigma initiates are: Lei Geng, China, Bipin Jnawali, Nepal, Xuexin Liang, China, Crystal Gayle Matthews, Iowa, graduate students; Brian Boudreaux, Jennings, Cayla Rose Fruge, Iowa, Min Bahadur Gurung, Nepal, Bishal Regmi, Nepal, and S. Raina Whaley, Sulphur, seniors; and Kristen Nanette Bahnsen, Vinton, Dion Lee Bordelon, Lake Charles, Derek Elliott Galloway, Lake Charles, Made I. Dewa, Indonesia, Tae Jung Kang, Lake Charles, Giang Hai Le, Vietnam, Thomas LeJeune, Lake Charles, Toan Khanh Nguyen,Vietnam, Imelda Octaviana, Indonesia, Jessica Dawn Pago, Moss Bluff, Brant Allan Parish, Sulphur, Terry Blake Pitre, Eunice, Christine Elizabeth Pundt, Lake Charles, Alexa Lee Rossitto, Lake Charles, Julie Gail Rounds, Rome, N.Y., Chrisnia Apriliani Sutopo-Putri, Indonesia, and Nhi Nguyen Thi Y Vo, Vietnam, juniors.
Several business students were presented with awards at the ceremony. Student departmental awards went to: Leah Henderson, Iota, accounting; Maria Frausto-Cornish, Mexico, finance; Allison Logan, Iowa, general business administration; Jess Davis, Lake Charles, management; Brandy Johnson, Lake Charles, marketing; Crystal Matthews, Iowa, Master of Business Administration; and Brian Boudreaux, Jennings, College of Business.
The Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Student Scholarship Award went to Maria Frausto-Cornish, while the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key recipients were Morgan Murray, Westlake, and Katelyn Watson, Westlake.