Top students honored
The College of Business and Economics celebrated the academic accomplishments of top students at the Mountainlair on April 12 as part of WVU's Week of Honors.
Approximately 200 students, parents and friends attended the event. Thirty-three students were presented with PNC awards, and 54 were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma.
For the parents of Holly Carl, a management senior from Romney, W.Va., it was an occasion to share in their pride for their daughter's job well done. She was honored as a PNC scholar. 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.
"We're extremely pround," said Holly's father, Charles Carl, "because we know how hard she worked." Holly, who will be attending law school next fall, said she plans to practice law in Romney, where her father is a lawyer. "I'm excited and really happy to see that my hard work is being recognized," she said.
Nicholas Naum's parents, Jennifer and Scott, always knew their son, a Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) scholar, would succeed.
Nicholas, a junior in finance and accounting, wasn't that sure. "To tell the truth," he said, "I didn't know I was doing that well."
BGS membership is only for students ranking in the top 10 percent of baccalaureate and top 20 percent of graduate programs at schools accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Dr. Naum, who practices gastroenterology in Wheeling, W.Va., said he would have liked for his son to follow a career in medicine, but "then I told him, 'do what you want to do.' And he's done very well." Father and son are graduates of The Linsly School. Jennifer Naum said she had a lot of confidence in her son. "Nicholas has never disappointed us," she said. "He's always conscientious."
Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, which is celebrating its 100th year, is the highest recognition a business student anywhere can receive in an undergraduate or master's program at a school accredited by AACSB International.
Another mother took part in the event. WVU Provost Michele G. Wheatly spoke at the ceremony, not only as a representative of the University's administration but also as a proud mother of Stanley Smith, an accounting senior.
Dr. Wheatly thanked B&E Dean Jose "Zito" Sartarelli and the faculty and staff of the College for their efforts in educating her son and the other students taking part in the ceremony.
"The Week of Honors is always my favorite part of the academic year," she said. "I know just how proud all of you are. There really is nothing as great as celebrating academic success, and this has been a wonderful evening. Congratulations to all of you who have worked so hard for this recognition."
During the ceremony Dr. Jeff Houghton was named the Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year, an honor bestowed by BGS students voting for their favorite professor. Houghton, who joined the College in 2007, is an associate professor of management and industrial relations.