Two New Honor Societies in the School of Business

Meredith College has received approval to begin chapters of two new honor societies: Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International honor society for economics, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the International honor society for students enrolled in business programs at AACSB accredited institutions.

Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) will replace Delta Mu Delta as the premiere academic honor society for business administration and accounting majors at Meredith. A school must hold AACSB accreditation before a BGS chapter can be installed. The Meredith College chapter was approved in March and will be installed on April 22, 2010. Dean Ira Weiss of the College of Management at N.C. State will serve as the installation officer for the BGS chapter. Twenty new members will be inducted—five juniors, five seniors, and ten MBA students.

BGS was founded in 1913 and exists to recognize academic achievement among business students by fostering honor, wisdom, and earnestness. To be selected for membership, students must be in the top 10% of the junior or senior class, or in the top 20% of the graduating master’s class. There are nearly 500 chapters in 19 countries worldwide.

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) is one of the largest academic honor societies and it exists to recognize scholastic attainment and honor outstanding achievements in economics. Currently, Omicron Delta Epsilon has 652 chapters in the United States, Canada, Australia, Bulgaria, Egypt France, Mexico, Scotland, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Students are eligible to join ODE when they have completed at least 12 hours of economics courses and have high academic achievement within those courses and in their overall GPA. Membership in ODE is therefore open to any student who is interested in economics and not just for those who are majoring in economics. The first five members, two seniors and three juniors, will be inducted on April 23.

Associate Professor Marilyn Dutton will serve as the faculty advisor for BGS and Associate Professor Anne York will advise the new chapter of ODE.

Date Submitted: 2010-04-13

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