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Western's Beta Gamma Sigma Named Exemplary Chapter

November 5, 2004

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University collegiate chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), the honor society for AACSB International (The Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business), has been recognized as an Exemplary Chapter for its superior level of membership acceptance during the 2003-2004 academic year.

According to Western College of Business and Technology (CBT) Dean Fred Ebeid, the Exemplary Chapter award recognizes Western for its high level of success in recruiting top business students into the society. Each year, collegiate Beta Gamma Sigma chapters extend invitations to the top seven percent of business juniors, the upper 10 percent of business seniors and the highest 20 percent of business graduate students. Chapters reporting a 70 percent acceptance rate of invited potential members at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and those chapters indicating an 85 percent acceptance rate at one academic level, are considered to be Exemplary.

With Exemplary Chapter status, Western is now eligible to award a $1,000 Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship during the 2005-2006 academic year and will also receive a certificate commemorating its Exemplary accomplishments.

Of the 417 Beta Gamma Sigma chapters currently established on college and university campuses, only 52 were recognized as an Exemplary Chapter in 2004, Ebeid added.

Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma’s mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members.

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