UHV students become newest members of business honor society

Farhang Niroomand

SUGAR LAND – Twenty University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration students recently were inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society.

The students join 122 fellow UHV students as members of an exclusive society made up of the top 10 percent of undergraduate business students and top 20 percent of graduate business students.

“I applaud these students as they join one of the most prestigious honor societies in the world,” said Farhang Niroomand, dean of the UHV School of Business Administration. “These are some of UHV’s best and brightest students, and I am glad to see their hard work being recognized and rewarded.”

Massomeh Hajilee

BGS is the premier international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The association accredits less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide and has accredited the UHV School of Business Administration.

“Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is a valuable asset for UHV students and graduates,” said Massomeh Hajilee, UHV chapter advisor and an assistant professor of economics. “Induction serves as proof that they have put forth the effort and earned their place among the best of the best in the world. That reputation will follow them throughout their careers.”

Annie Ha

As part of their membership in the honor society, students’ benefits include recognition for commitment to academic excellence, local chapter networking, BGS publications, career services such as career coaching and corporate recruiting, scholarships and access to an alumni network across BGS chapters.

“I am overwhelmed to be a part of Beta Gamma Sigma,” said Annie Ha, a UHV senior from Sugar Land pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. “Now I’m even more motivated to achieve a higher education. As a single mother, I would like to send a message to my children and the younger generation that the only way to be a productive citizen is to keep up your hard work. My goal is to get a scholarship to help me pursue my master’s degree, which will be another step toward getting my CPA certification.”

The new members and their hometowns are:

Ryan Becker, Houston
Andrew Burger, Houston
Johanne Fonnes, Houston
Veronica Lewis, Houston
Cristane Martin, Houston
Hien Nguyen, Houston
Trace Pollock, Houston
Saravana Somasundaram, Houston
Agnieszka Smith, Inez
Kenneth Tarpley, McLean, Va.
Baovy Dong, Richmond
Juliet Igboanusi, Richmond
Fauzan Ahmad, Sugar Land
Ruchika Bhardwaj, Sugar Land
Connie Yi Chao, Sugar Land
Annie Ha, Sugar Land
Rocio Chavez Ibanez, Stafford
LeAnne Kolar, Victoria
Tylar Walyuchow, Victoria
Jared Dunn, The Woodlands

For more information about Beta Gamma Sigma, contact UHV student advising coordinator Angela Green at 281-275-3027 or

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.