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Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts Top USD Business Students

"" Students at the USD Beacom School of Business were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma March 28.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma inducted 27 students and honored a distinguished member of the Vermillion community at the 2019 Recognition Ceremony and Banquet on March 28.

In addition to the student inductees, Jim Peterson, president of Masaba Inc., was honored by Beta Gamma Sigma.

"Jim Peterson as well as the inducted students have excelled tremendously in scholarship and service and we are honored to have them join the Alpha Chapter of the University of South Dakota," said Erin Cornelsen, instructor of accounting and faculty advisor for Beta Gamma Sigma at the Beacom School of Business. "Beta Gamma Sigma is the scholastic honor society dedicated to principles and ideals essential to a worthy life as well as to a commendable business career."

The following students were inducted into the Beacom School of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma at USD:


• Ahamed Shamly Anvar Mackey
• Darren Ball
• Jessica Buer
• Michaella Crouch
• Dong Fu
• Murtaza Nasir
• Ashley Rentsch
• Nikolaos Siopis
• Amy Widman


• Bridget Geerts
• Shinyoung Kim
• Sophia Lima
• Alex Nelson
• Ward Reesman
• Emilee Shostrom
• Sam Swier


• Kelsey Berger
• Derek Bierschbach
• Megan Erickson
• Lauren Hayden
• Regan Jensen
• Madisyn Jerman
• Margaret Kleiman
• Lucas Ladenburger
• Elizabeth Loschen
• Benjamin Newman
• Ryan Scholten

Beta Gamma Sigma is a business honor society that recognizes academic excellence in business studies only at schools that are accredited by AACSB International (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