Students honored as semester nears finish

April 28, 2014
BGS, PNC Awardees

As the spring 2014 semester nears its close, the College of Business and Economics honored top students during a ceremony at the Mountainlair on April 11.

With family and friends as witness, 71 students were inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) national business honorary, and 17 were recognized on the PNC Roll of Academic Excellence.Dean Jose Sartarelli told the students and guests that they should be very proud. The students' accomplishments, the result of hard work and dedication, has made them all "standouts," he said. The College is honored to have students who bring distinction to themselves and their university, he said.

Additionally, students in BGS voted for a faculty member who, in their opinion, is the best teacher in the College of Business and Economics. This year, the award went to Presha Neidermeyer, the David and Nancy Hamstead professor of accounting and accounting graduate program coordinator. Previously she was recognized as the West Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Educator of the Year. Neidermeyer was also recognized previously with the West Virginia University Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Neidermeyer, an associate professor of accounting, joined the College of Business and Economics in the fall of 2007. Her research specialty is international accounting, specifically the way culture impacts auditor decision making. She is also interested in gender studies and has co-edited a book on work-life balance. In addition to her two books, Neidermeyer has published more than 30 articles, written four book chapters and made 80+ international presentations.

Beta Gamma Sigma only invites students ranking in the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The College of Business and Economics is accredited for both business and accounting programs, one of only 178 schools worldwide to have the dual accreditation.

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, which recently celebrated its 100th year, is the highest recognition a business student anywhere can earn in an undergraduate or master's program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

The PNC Roll of Academic Excellence, established in 2003, recognizes undergraduate students who received a 4.0 grade point average for three of the four semesters during their junior and senior years. With more than $290 billion in assets, PNC is one of the largest financial services companies in the country.