The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration’s chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society was recently named to the Chapter Honor Roll program. The designation grants …
The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration’s chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society was recently named to the Chapter Honor Roll program. The designation grants the chapter global recognition and the ability to nominate for awards from the international business honor society, according to a UHV press release.
The honor society, which is available to Katy area students, is associated with programs from the UHV School of Business Administration which are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The association accredits less than 5% of business schools globally.
Only the top 10% of undergrad students, the top 20% of graduate students and all doctoral candidates that have successfully defended their dissertations at an AASCB-accredited business school are eligible for the society.
“Just like the AACSB only accredits the upper echelon of business schools worldwide, this honors status within the honor society recognizes our chapter as having the upper echelon of business students at UHV,” said UHV School of Business Administration Dean Ken Colwell,. “It is also recognition that we are providing a quality education for our students and making sure they have the resources they need for life after college.”
UHV has inducted students into the chapter since 2006 and has 63 members. Some of the eligibility requirements to receive recognition include a letter of intent from the dean of the business school and an invitation to all eligible students to join Beta Gamma Sigma, said Emmanuel Quansah, a UHV assistant professor of management and one of the chapter’s faculty advisors.
Honor society members receive benefits that include access to workshops, conferences, internships, volunteer opportunities, networking and scholarships. A key benefit for student members is joining the society’s network of students and professionals, Quansah said. Students also become lifetime members when they join the society and can look forward to benefits that include professional development, networking and discounts on various products and services and may add their membership to their resumes.
“Student members are able to access so much through networking, whether it be advice from someone in the field they are pursuing or help finding a job,” Quansah said. “With this honors status, it further indicates that they are top students.
Edith Moreno, a UHV senior from Houston, joined the society in August. Moreno has worked full time in an assistant role in finance for the past five years, is bilingual and has a Series 65 license, a financial professionals certification. Her next step is to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance so she can step into an advisor role. She plans to graduate in December 2022.
“I have learned on the job how important it is for female advisors in this male-dominated industry to be a part of helping other women make sound financial decisions throughout life,” she said.
Moreno was approached to join the society because she met the student criteria. She looks forward to opportunities that will help her at work, including professional development workshops and the chance to meet and network with other student members, as well as professional benefits after she graduates.
“Being able to put down that I am a member of this society and part of an honors chapter is a nice recognition and opens up opportunities for the future,” she said.
Quansah said Beta Gamma Sigma’s recognition was a reflection of the goals UHV has for excellence.
“We are committed to high academic standards and student development and engagement, and we will continue to find opportunities to help our students reach the highest level to compete in the global market,” Quansah said.