The Millsaps College Beta Gamma Sigma chapter recently received good news: It has been named a premier chapter for the 2011-2012 year.
"This is a significant achievement and indicates a high value is placed on scholarship recognition at Millsaps College," wrote William Curt Hunter, president of Beta Gamma Sigma, in a congratulatory letter to Dr. Kimberly G. Burke, dean of the Else School of Management.
2012 Beta Gamma Sigma Inductees
To be named a premier chapter requires at least 85 percent of all those qualifying for membership at both the undergraduate and graduate level to have accepted the invitation to become lifetime members of Beta Gamma Sigma.
All of the students at Millsaps selected for Beta Gamma Sigma typically accept the invitation to become members, said Dr. Bill Brister, assistant professor of finance and the Millsaps Beta Gamma Sigma chapter advisor. "It is a great honor to be selected for membership as it is the equivalent for business students to Phi Beta Kappa," he said.
Students are inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma each spring usually in a ceremony downtown at the Old Capital featuring a corporate CEO or an elected official as the featured speaker.
To have a Beta Gamma Sigma chapter, a business school must be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Else School has been accredited by AACSB since 1990.
The premier chapter designation will allow the Millsaps chapter to qualify to participate in Beta Gamma Sigma's Matching Scholarship program. The chapter will also be invited to nominate a chapter advisor for the 2012 Outstanding Chapter Advisor awards program, and it may apply for consideration as a 2013 Outstanding Chapter.