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Beta Gamma Sigma Welcomes Top USD Business Students into 2021 Inductee Class

Beta Gamma Sigma logo The USD Beacom School of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma welcomed 38 new members into the 2021 inductee class, of which three were faculty.

VERMILLION, S.D. – This spring, the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma welcomed 38 new members into the 2021 inductee class, of which three were faculty.

Nate Welch, president and CEO of the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company, was awarded the 2021 Honoree position.

“It is an honor to be inducted as an Honorary Chapter Member to the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society,” said Welch. “USD has incredibly dedicated students at the Beacom School of Business, and to receive this distinction beside them is a really neat thing.”

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 organization recognizes academic excellence in business studies only at schools that are accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Students who are inducted are considered lifetime members. More than 800,000 individuals have been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma since 1913.

The following students were inducted into the Beacom School of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma at USD during the spring 2021 semester:


  • Aaron Boese
  • Shane Deighton
  • Craig Dewey
  • Benjamin Lamfers
  • Joseph Mehlhalf
  • Anna Myrome
  • Caitlin Olson
  • Matthew Pearce
  • Nicholas Rovang
  • Cayla Sadler
  • Joel Van Heukelom


  • Taylor Andersen
  • Lucas Bunkers
  • Alyssa Fick
  • Kelsey Frost
  • Claire Gerdes
  • Taite Heinz
  • Alex Jensen
  • Trent Kingsbury
  • Laura Knutson
  • Emily Kraemer
  • Erin Kueter
  • Nicholas Lubbers
  • Ryan Metzger
  • Skylar Polzine
  • Guthrie Scoblic


  • Hermala Abraham
  • Conner Chamberlain
  • Charles Harberts
  • Laerke Jensen
  • Bruno Lee
  • Alice Lunardelli
  • Andrew Malaterre
  • Saige Ochsendorf
  • Kate Solberg


  • Maria Leach, D.B.A., associate professor
  • Carole South-Winter, Ed.D., associate professor
  • Thomas Tiahrt, Ph.D., Economics & Decisions Sciences chair and associate professor


  • Nate Welch, president and CEO, Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company


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