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Top Business Students Invited to Join Beta Gamma Sigma

February 28, 2011

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's College of Business and Technology (CBT) has announced its annual Beta Gamma Sigma invitation phase. Initiates will be recognized at a banquet and induction ceremony in late March.

According to CBT Associate Dean John Drea, membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) business honorary is the highest recognition a student can receive in a business program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. BGS inductees are honored for academic achievement and are acknowledged as leaders who embody superior levels of personal and professional excellence, he noted.

"Invitations for 2011 membership have been sent to 50 business majors in Western's CBT," said Drea, who also serves as the BGS chapter adviser. "The invitees have demonstrated academic excellence as the top 10 percent of their junior or senior classes, or the upper 20 percent of Master of Business Administration or Master of Accountancy programs."

Since 1988, WIU has recognized more than 500 students as inductees in the international honor society, and Western's chapter is recognized as a chapter of distinction with the BGS Bronze Key in Stipes Hall. For the last six years, the WIU chapter has been awarded an "Exemplary" rating, with more than 70 percent of invitees proceeding to induction as full members.

"Beta Gamma Sigma supports the advancement of business thought and encourages lifelong learning," added Drea. "These students are the best and the brightest in the nation, and we look forward to their membership as BGS initiates."

For more information, contact Schuyler Meixner, director of communications and external relations in CBT, at (309) 298-2442 or

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