On Friday, October 4th, 23 new members were inducted into the William & Mary Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Its membership consists of individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding performance in the study of business.
The ceremony consisted of introductory statements made by Dean Pulley, faculty statements about the importance of Beta Gamma Sigma and the symbolism behind each letter, and remarks from keynote speaker, Melissa Balenger ‘92. Balenger is a CFO with over 25 years of financial experience, including connecting the US with international markets. Balenger graduated from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business in ‘92 with her BBA in Accounting.
“Keep your eyes open for opportunities,” Balenger told the inductees. “Each of us will fail sometime – but live your life. The importance of character and integrity outweighs any losses you will encounter.”
Founded in 1907, Beta Gamma Sigma is a global network of over 600 chapters spread across 190 countries. William & Mary's chapter was formed in 1973. The students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma are amongst the best-of-the-best, consisting of the top 10% of undergraduate students and top 20% of graduate students.
Beta Gamma Sigma strives to uphold the ideals of a purposeful and meaningful life and business career. Three professors, Julie Agnew, Tatia Granger, and Bob Williams explained the meaning behind each letter: Beta is the first letter of the Greek word “bebaeos,” which signifies honor; Gamma is the first letter of the Greek word “gnosis” which means wisdom; and Sigma is the first letter of the Greek word “spoude,” which means earnestness. These three traits can be found in all inductees.
Sitting in the Wren Chapel, the inductees became the newest generation ushered into this great tradition. “I had the pleasure of personally teaching almost every one of the honorees,” announced Professor Stauffer, the advisor for the W&M branch of Beta Gamma Sigma. “Tonight, our honorees were joining an honored group of more than 2300 students who had been inducted over the past 46 years at the William & Mary Chapter of BGS.”
Following the ceremony was a reception in the Great Hall, where inductees were given the chance to mingle with their fellow members.
Congratulations, inductees! You are the newest part of a great legacy.