Business Honor Society Awarded Gold

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

PHILADELPHIA  (April 25, 2012)­ - Saint Joseph's University's Haub School of Business' (HSB) collegiate chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) has been selected as the Gold Chapter Award winner for 2012. The student chapter competed against 504 collegiate chapters around the globe. Beta Gamma Sigma will present Saint Joseph's with this prestigious award at its annual conference in San Diego, Calif. on April 29.

In addition to the Gold Chapter Award, BGS has also awarded John R. Post '60 with the 2012 Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship. The medallion is awarded annually to individuals who combine innovative business with service to humanity.

Post founded Post Precision Castings, Inc. in 1964 with the desire to create a low-cost, customer-focused commercial investment castings company. The company is now the primary employer in Strausstown, Pa., with over 180 employees. Post has also given generously to Saint Joseph's, helping to rebuild the University's academic center and to further construction on the John and Maryanne Post Learning Commons as well as the Drexel Library. Post is one of three individuals in the world selected for this honor.

BGS is the honor society for AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The mission of the society is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members.

As recipients of the Gold Chapter Award, Saint Joseph's is eligible to award a $1,500 BGS scholarship to a student member in the 2012-2013 academic year.

The award-winning chapter inducted 118 new members on Friday, April 20, during a ceremony in Mandeville Hall's Wolfington Teletorium. SJU's chapter president Stephen Porth, Ph.D., associate dean of HSB, is proud of the group's achievement.

"This award is particularly gratifying as it recognizes academic excellence in our undergraduate and graduate academic programs as well as in our chapter activities," said Porth.

Lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest achievement available to business students anywhere in the world, and is extended to the upper 7 percent of juniors, the top 10 percent of seniors, and the upper 20 percent of graduate students. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Haub School has been recognized by Beta Gamma Sigma with either the Gold, Silver or Bronze Chapter Award.

The largest Jesuit undergraduate business school in the country, the Haub School is an international AACSB-accredited institution in business and accounting, offering programs at the bachelor's, master's and executive master's levels. The school was named one of the nation's top business schools in Princeton Review's "The Best 294 Business Schools"; included among Bloomberg BusinessWeek's "Best Undergraduate Business Schools"; ranked No. 12 in the nation for infusing ethics in the curricula by The Aspen Institute; and, for eight consecutive years, has been recognized by Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for AACSB with either the Gold, Silver or Bronze Chapter Award.


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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