B&E to help Beta Gamma Sigma celebrate 100 years

January 29, 2013
Beta Gamma Sigma 100 years

The business honorary Beta Gamma Sigma coalesced in 1913 when three schools — the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois and the University of California — came together to create a national organization.

Now, Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) has 513 chapters at colleges and universities accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and has inducted more than 700,000 members who live in all 50 states and more than 160 countries around the world. Last year more than 24,000 new members were inducted, including 47 WVU College of Business and Economics students at an April ceremony at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

On Feb. 19 the organization will be 100 years old. WVU joined in 1955 and will celebrate the 100th anniversary with an event in the College's atrium area. Additionally, a large BGS banner will be hung in the main entrance to the College to commemorate the anniversary. During the week of Feb. 18, students will be notified that they have been chosen for induction through classroom visits.

"We are pleased to participate in the 100th anniversary of Beta Gamma Sigma and happy to have been a member of the organization for 58 years now," said faculty BGS president Jeff Houghton, associate professor of management and industrial relations. "Our students benefit from membership, and each year it is a privilege to induct another group of extraordinary students."

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master's program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

To be eligible for membership, the academic ranking of those being considered must place them in the upper 10 percent of their junior or senior class, or upper 20 percent of the graduating master's class.