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Beta Gamma Sigma initiates 59

Beta Gamma Sigma initiates 59

The WKU chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society in business inducted 59 students, faculty, and professionals during its annual ceremony on April 11.

These inductees join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 business professionals who have earned recognition through lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. 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) are eligible for this invitation.

Chapter Honorees were Don Vitale and Dr. Linda Johnson Vitale, both of Manchester Capital, LLC. During her speech, Dr. Vitale encouraged the students to be adaptable to change.

“Unprecedented change requires unprecedented flexibility,” she said.

Mr. Vitale presented four ideas to the students: Have a game plan, think strategically, remember the importance of relationships, and the emphasis on personal branding.

Faculty Initiate was Dr. Phillip Coleman of the Department of Computer Information Systems.

“As an applied college of business, we are particularly proud of outstanding academic excellence signified by Beta Gamma Sigma membership as our students prepare for leadership positions in business, government, and not-for-profit organizations,” said Dr. Jeff Katz, Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business and Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter President.  “The high level of student engagement with Beta Gamma Sigma has earned our college the enviable recognition as a Premier chapter.”

The following students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma:

Master of Business Administration Initiates

April Cavanah, MBA student from Hopkinsville, KY

Logan Edelen, MBA student from Bardstown, KY

Jim Gaffney, MBA student from Bowling Green, KY

Teresa Hayes, MBA student from Bowling Green, KY

Derek Herron, MBA student from Hebron, KY

Hiep Duy Nguyen, MBA student from Hanoi, Vietnam

Jason Orf, MBA student from St. Peters, MO

Shea Riffey, MBA student from Bowling Green, KY

Kelsea Shultz, MBA student from Rockdale, GA

Ryan Spillane, MBA student from Clarksville, TN

Chie Tanaka. MBA student from Kanagawa, Japan


Master of Accountancy Initiates

Brandi Capps, Master of Accountancy student from Hopkinsville, KY

Adam Duvall, Master of Accountancy student from Glasgow, KY

Morgan Johnson, Master of Accountancy student from Evansville, IN

Katelyn Robbins, Master of Accountancy student from Richmond, KY

Corey Vincent, Master of Accountancy student from Bowling Green, KY

Brooke Vincent, Master of Accountancy student from Bowling Green, KY


Senior Initiates

Rebecca Barton, Accounting major from Hopkinsville, KY

Amanda Beyke, Accounting major from Owensboro, KY

Devin Brieske, Business Economics major from Lexington, KY

Daniel Burton, Business Administration major from Louisville, KY

Susanna Byler, Accounting major from Bowling Green, KY

Kevin Carey, Business Economics major from Bowling Green, KY

Don Chamberlin, Business Administration major from Bowling Green, KY

Hillary Clark, Accounting major from Pewee Valley, KY

Jeffrey Creech, Accounting major from Prospect, KY

Lillian Davis, Marketing major from Louisville, KY

Griffin Fruge, Finance major from Owensboro, KY

Emily Gott, Entrepreneurship major from Bowling Green, KY

Tierra Hall, Accounting and Political Science double major from Tompkinsville, KY

Cody Inabnitt, Accounting major from Pulaski, KY

Erika Klosterman, Business Administration major from Bardstown, KY

Chad Koons, Business Administration major from Bowling Green, KY

Victoria Lange, Strategic Marketing major from Florence, KY

Jordan Lindsey, Finance and Sports Management double major from Franklin, TN

Melina Piric, Accounting major from Bowling Green, KY

Logan Radford, Marketing major from Burkesville, KY

Catherine Reeves, Accounting major from Nashville, TN

Emily Speer, Accounting major from Bowling Green, KY

Lindsay Thomas, Marketing major from Bowling Green, KY

Nicholas Wilmes, Accounting major from Owensboro, KY

Jairus Zellers, Accounting major from Grayson, KY


Junior Initiates

Carla Beu, Business Administration major from Smiths Grove, KY

Amanda Florence, Business Informatics major from Lexington, KY

Stephen Fortney, Accounting major from Bowling Green, KY

Lee Fowler, Management major from Franklin, KY

Jessica Hunt, Accounting major from Scottsville, KY

Alexandra Hutchison, Finance major from Morganfield, KY

Jacob King, Accounting major from Bowling Green, KY

Elizabeth Ramsay, Management major from Louisville, KY

Caitlin Rowe, Accounting major from Bonnieville, KY

Raymond Shears, Business Economics major from London, KY

Isaac Shrum, Marketing major from Madison, TN

Laura Stivers, Accounting major from Bowling Green, KY

Uyen Tran, Finance major from Camau City, Vietnam

Lance Turpin, Accounting major from Campbellsville, KY


Beta Gamma Sigma was founded at the University of Wisconsin in 1913 as the first national honor society in business. The Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and the WKU Chapter is celebrating its 30th anniversary on campus.

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