Susquehanna Celebrates Inductees of Business Honor Society
Published on April 2, 2012
Susquehanna University’s Sigmund Weis School of Business celebrated its 19th Annual Beta Gamma Sigma Induction Ceremony on March 25 at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club. Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society of collegiate schools of business and management. Membership in the society is the highest recognition a student can receive in a program accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the top seven percent of the junior class or the top 10 percent of the senior class, and be committed to the principles and values of the society—honor and integrity, the pursuit of wisdom, earnestness and lifelong learning. Sixteen Susquehanna juniors were inducted into the society this year, and 12 of the university’s seniors are current members, initiated in 2011.
John Strangfeld ’75, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial Inc. and chair of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees, was inducted as an honorary member during the March 25 ceremony as well. He shared the honor with his second cousin, junior Kate Strangfeld. During his remarks to new inductees and senior members, Strangfeld noted that he graduated 81st in his high school class of 162 pupils and ended his first semester at Susquehanna with just a 2.3 grade point average (GPA). “I didn’t have a whole lot of confidence then,” Strangfeld said, “but I looked around and saw that there were students doing much better than I was.” He committed to spending every evening Sunday through Thursday in the library. He stayed until the library closed and soon found that the extra hours spent on school work were paying off. (He ended up with a 4.0 GPA.)
“Susquehanna provided a nurturing environment,” Strangfeld said, “and I learned that the extent to which I applied myself affected the outcome. But at the end of the day, it’s not about your GPA, it’s about how well you can work with others; it’s about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. The most important thing you can do is affect the lives of those who come after you. Your success is partly a reflection on you, partly a reflection on your parents, partly a reflection on your faculty and partly a reflection on Susquehanna. Remember to give back.”
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by the AACSB. The society will mark its 100th anniversary in 2013. Its centennial celebration kicked off on Feb. 19, the society’s 99th anniversary, and will run through the end of 2013.
Currently, 643 institutions from 43 countries and territories hold AACSB accreditation. The Sigmund Weis School of Business is one of only 42 member programs from undergraduate-only institutions. AACSB accreditation is an internationally respected benchmark of quality, ensuring students and parents that a business school is providing a top-notch education. It also ensures employers that graduates of AACSB-accredited programs are well prepared for the workplace.
The following members of Susquehanna’s Class of 2013 were inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society on March 25:
Joshua Allen, an accounting major from New Milford, Pa.
Stephanie Chan, a business administration-finance major from Gretna, La.
Christopher Doody, an accounting major from Radnor, Pa.
Kristen Dumbeck, a business administration-finance major from Westmoreland City, Pa.
Lauren Elsasser, a business administration-entrepreneurship major from Mifflinburg, Pa.
Teague Emery, a business administration-entrepreneurship major from Douglassville, Pa.
Emily Jones, a business administration-marketing major from Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Alexander Kahle, an accounting major from Carlisle, Pa.
Michelle Kraske, a business administration-marketing major from Horsham, Pa.
Cole McClarren, a business administration-finance major from Howard, Pa.
Yohannes Mengsteab, a business administration-finance major from Selinsgrove, Pa.
Lori Popp, an information systems major from Freeburg, Pa.
Robert Ries, a business administration-finance major from Cherry Hill, N.J.
Kate Strangfeld, a business administration-finance major from Ramsey, N.J.
Kathleen Sutton, a business administration-global management major from Pylesville, Md.
Paula Trinchera, a business administration-finance major from Branchburg, N.J.
These Susquehanna seniors are current members of Beta Gamma Sigma, inducted into the society in 2011:
Courtney Auchter, a business administration-marketing major from Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Haley Brown, an accounting major from Boca Raton, Fla.
Jesse Eggerton, a business administration-finance major from Montoursville, Pa.
Hadley Elsenbaumer, a business administration-finance major from Fogelsville, Pa.
Jonathan Fellin, an accounting and economics major from Danville, Pa.
David Foster, a business administration-marketing major from Yardley, Pa.
Kelli Grassmyer, an accounting major from Lewistown, Pa.
Weston Hoffman, an information systems major from Middleburg, Pa.
Daniel Martin, an accounting major from Landisburg, Pa.
Kellie Nebiker, a business administration-marketing major from Lewisburg, Pa.
Katelyn Reese, an accounting major from Wellsboro, Pa.
Joseph Zamadics, an economics major from West Chester, Pa.