Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach was the guest speaker for the ceremony. Roach, who is leaving office after 17 years as mayor, told initiates “to use your gifts in a productive, moral and ethical way.”
“There have always been challenges in America. Be not afraid to go out and make a difference,” he said.
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 undergraduates and the top 20 percent of graduate students are invited to join.
Beta Gamma Sigma inductees are: Nanaawawu Adeoye, Imeko, Nigeria, Sulochana Shrestha, Katmandu, Nepal, and Diony Colina Lopez, Valencia, Venezuela, graduate students; Tareq Alobid, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Annie Bravenec, Katy, Texas, Joseph Provenzano, Downers Grove, Ill., Wallace Paul Rogers, Anacoco, Joseph Vanchiere, Lake Charles, and Katja Woelfl, Elhofen, Germany, seniors; and Hassimi Gnafo, Porle, Mali, Nhat Le, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Emily Meek, Westlake, Libby Peet, Iowa, Vu Thien Tran, Lake Charles, and Alla Voth, Temirtau, Kazakhstan, juniors.
Several awards were presented to both students and faculty at the ceremony.
The Jeff and Rhonda Lee Miller Distinguished Student Recognition Awards went to Bravenec, Matthew Gauthier, Carencro, Morgan Hawkins, Lake Charles, Nathanael Soileau, Lake Charles, and Woelfl.
The CITGO scholarship recipients were Hawkins, Olivia Karam, Oberlin, McCall Monceaux, Longville, Brandon Robert, Baton Rouge, and Voth.
Joshua E. Smith, New Orleans, was awarded the Louisiana Certified Public Accountants Scholarship.
Two students who received the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key awards were Tiffany Bohannon, Kinder, and Woelfl.
Three faculty members were recognized for their outstanding teaching performance: Dr. William Jens, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics; Dr. Banamber Mishra, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics; and Dr. Lonnie Turpin, Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration.
Two faculty members were recognized for their outstanding research performance: Dr. A. Matiur Rahman, Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics; and Dr. Jeffrey Totten, Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration.
Dr. Helen Ware, director of the Office of Electronic Learning, was also recognized for her leadership in electronic learning.