International Business Honor Society Welcomes 167 UML Students

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Beta Gamma Sigma inductees from the Manning School of Business pose for a group photo at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.

By Ed Brennen

The Manning School of Business recently inducted 167 undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. students — the most ever in school history — into the Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society.
Student chapter president Nicole Wilson, an honors senior business administration major, presided over the induction ceremony at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. She was joined on the dais by fellow chapter officers David Levine, Justin Baez Paguero and Sarah Curley. 
Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes top-performing students in business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which accounts for just 5% of business schools worldwide. 
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Beta Gamma Sigma chapter president Nicole Wilson presents Senior Director of Development Steven Rogers '20 with his honorary certificate.
Lifetime Beta Gamma Sigma membership is open to the top 10% of sophomores, juniors and seniors and the top 20% of graduate students, as well as doctoral candidates who have successfully defended their dissertation.
“It is a very prestigious organization, and I am so proud to be inducting our largest class ever,” said Dean of Business Sandra Richtermeyer, president of the Manning School’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter.
Richard Grande '72, '80 and Steven Rogers '20 were recognized as chapter honorees.
Grande is managing director for First Republic Private Wealth Management and a member of the Manning School’s advisory board. He has endowed a major scholarship to benefit finance students and supports the dean’s discretionary fund. He also provided financial support for the plaza in front of the Pulichino Tong Business Center, which is named in memory of his father and mother, Lucian and Josephine, and his wife’s parents, Francis and Nora Tomaney.
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Honorary Beta Gamma Sigma inductee Richard Grande '72, '80 shares career and life advice with students.
Rogers is senior director of development for the Manning School.
Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma has more than 600 collegiate chapters with members in 190 countries. Its mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, cultivate and celebrate leadership and professional excellence, advance the values of the society and serve its lifelong members.
The inductees who were able to attend the ceremony were:
Doctoral students Debra Lee Surface and William Zhou;
Graduate students Gerard Dwan, Hamza Mirza, Lynne O’Mara, Michael Savard, Takashi Wakatsuki, Sara Wesinger and Weijie Zhang;
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Beta Gamma Sigma inductees recite their pledge.
Seniors Abigail Clark, Penelope Hebert, Jennifer Lerman, Natalie Mayo, Marina Sobecki and Jim Shwe-Hao Tsao;
Juniors Andrew Baresch, Marc-Antoine Belmudes, Seun Choi, Loucas Costeas, Joseph Dunn, Cameron Famiglietti, Sudeep Gubbala, Julia Marino, Jason McKeon, Olivera Nedeljkovic, Sophallinny Nguon, Anjali Rana, Alex Ripianzi, Sivmey Srin, Trevor Tismo, Shayla Wells, Joyce Yu and Hope Zouzas;
And sophomores Megan Beatty, Jomira Carlos, Stephanie Carpenito, Diego Diaz, Chhairatanaka Huy, Jennifer McCarty, Corey Perez, Michelle Pho, Ayush Rajeshwar, Molykim Srun and Tina Zhou.