UHV business honor society chapter receives honors status

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma recently was named to the society’s Chapter Honor Roll program and designated an honors chapter, earning the chapter global recognition and the ability to nominate for awards from the international business honor society.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international business honor society for programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The association accredits less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. Only the top 10 percent of undergraduate students and top 20 percent of graduate students and all doctoral candidates that have successfully defended their dissertation at an AACSB-accredited business school are eligible to be in the society.

Ken Colwell

“Just like the AACSB only accredits the upper echelon of business schools worldwide, this honors status within the honor society recognizes our chapter as having the upper echelon of business students at UHV,” said Ken Colwell, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “It is also recognition that we are providing a quality education for our students and making sure they have the resources they need for life after college.”

UHV has inducted students into the chapter since 2006 and has 63 members. The UHV chapter recently became a honors chapter after the chapter met criteria for the society’s Chapter Honor Roll program, which awards active collegiate chapters that engage members to take advantage of all the society offers, according to the society’s website. Some of the requirements to be eligible to receive recognition include a letter of intent from the dean of the business school and inviting all eligible students to join BGS, said Emmanuel Quansah, a UHV assistant professor of management and one of the BGS faculty advisors.

Students who are honor society members receive benefits including access to workshops, conferences, internships, volunteer opportunities, networking and scholarships. A key benefit for student members is joining the immense network of other students and professionals who are in the society, Quansah said. Students also become lifetime members when they join the society and can look forward to benefits including professional development, networking and discounts on things such as professional attire, insurance and technology. Members also can add their membership status to their resumes.

Emmanuel Quansah

“Student members are able to access so much through networking, whether it be advice from someone in the field they are pursuing or to help find a job,” he said. “With this honors status, it further indicates that they are top students. We are committed to high academic standards and student development and engagement, and we will continue to find opportunities to help our students reach the highest level to compete in the global market.”

Edith Moreno, a UHV senior from Houston, joined the society in August. Moreno has worked full time in an assistant role in finance for the past five years, is bilingual and has a Series 65 license. Her next step is to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance so she can step into an advisor role. She plans to graduate in December 2022.

Edith Moreno

“I have learned on the job how important it is for female advisors in this male-dominated industry to be a part of helping other women make sound financial decisions throughout life,” she said.

Moreno was approached to join the society because she met the student criteria, and after looking into the lifetime access of benefits, she decided to join. She looks forward to opportunities that will help her at work, including professional development workshops and the chance to meet and network with other student members, as well as professional benefits after she graduates.

“Being able to put down that I am a member of this society and part of an honors chapter is a nice recognition and opens up opportunities for the future,” she said.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Amber Aldaco