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USD Business School Chapter Recognized with Beta Gamma Sigma Highest Honors

Pierce Libbey attended the Global Leadership Summit Pierce Libbey, on behalf of the USD Beacom School of Business Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter, attended the 2018 Global Leadership Summit where the chapter was recognized with highest honors.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter was recognized as a highest honors chapter and was awarded the opportunity to attend the 2018 Global Leadership Summit.

This is the highest level of recognition that a chapter can earn as part of the Chapter Honor Roll Program. Qualifying for highest honors is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is highly valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus.

“I’m extremely proud of the amount of dedication the members of Beta Gamma Sigma have demonstrated,” said instructor Erin Cornelsen, chapter advisor for Beta Gamma Sigma. “Being recognized as a chapter with highest honors is an amazing accomplishment that reflects on the commitment and hard work of its chapter members at the Beacom School of Business.”

As a part of their recognition, the USD chapter was able to send one student to the 2018 Global Leadership Summit in Chicago, Illinois, which took place Nov. 1-4. Pierce Libbey was selected to represent USD and was provided a Global Leadership Summit Registration Scholarship to cover the cost of the trip.

“It was pretty special to have been selected to go represent the University of South Dakota and the Beacom School of Business at a global event,” said Pierce. “I am honored that my professors selected me, and quite thankful that I got to attend.”

According to Libbey, roughly 400 business students from universities around the world gathered in Chicago for the Global Leadership Summit. There he had the opportunity to meet and network with new people. The days were packed with speakers and activities covering a wide range of topics, such as leveraging personal strengths and how to understand body language while negotiating with people. The GLS culminated in a case competition where students were split into groups, given a problem and allotted three hours to solve the issue and prepare a presentation with a solution.

Beta Gamma Sigma is a business honorary that recognizes academic excellence in business studies only at schools that are AACSB accredited (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business). Students who are inducted are considered lifetime members. More than 625,000 individuals have been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma since 1913.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News