Beta Gamma Sigma ‘taps’ new members

The Sam Houston State University Beta Gamma Sigma fraternity recently “tapped” 75 students and one faculty member in the business school to be invited to join the fraternity.

Dr. Elsie Ameen, the secretary-treasurer and faculty adviser for the SHSU chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, said faculty members enter business classes and explain what Beta Gamma Sigma is and then they “tap” the students that have been invited to join the fraternity. Ameen said that many students ask what they have to do. “I tell them that they have already done it. They have already gotten the good grades, and this is just the recognition of that,” said Ameen.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international business honor fraternity that recognizes business students for their accomplishments. Juniors, seniors and graduate level students are eligible for this honor. Students may not apply for the fraternity, but are invited to join after faculty members have determined that a student has met the requirements to join.

Students must meet both local and national requirements to be considered. A junior must be in the top 7 percent of his or her class, seniors have to be in the top 10 percent and graduate level students, the top 20 percent of their class. Students must have a minimum of 3.5 GPA. Undergraduate students must have completed 30 hours or more at SHSU and at least 12 hours in the college of business administration.

The Sam Houston State University Beta Gamma Sigma fraternity began in 1997. The chapter was named after James E. Gilmore, a former dean of the college of business administration. The SHSU Beta Gamma Sigma fraternity currently has approximately 100 student members and more than half of the faculty in the college of business administration are members also, Ameen said. Ameen also mentioned that this year there were more inductees than in the past. “We usually induct around 50, and this year we had 75,” said Ameen.

According to information provided by Ameen, the Sam Houston chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was named a premier chapter for 2003. This recognition is based on achieving an 85 percent acceptance rate for those tapped. “We have had a 100 percent acceptance rate the past few years,” said Ameen. The award also permits the chapter to award a $1,000 scholarship to a Beta Gamma Sigma member for the 2004-2005 school year. The SHSU chapter receives $500 from the national organization and then the local SHSU chapter must match that amount for a total of $1,000.

Ameen said the scholarship has not been awarded yet and the deadline for students to turn in their application for it is next Monday. “The scholarship is awarded at the COBA scholarship awards night which takes place April 22,” Ameen said.

Ameen also explained that once a chapter is recognized as premier they are eligible for national awards. “We haven’t received any of those yet. We are still working towards that,” Ameen said.

A reception was held on March 9 to honor the students that had been tapped. The James E. Gilmore Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma fraternity will host its annual banquet on April 7 at Elkins Lake to induct the new members into lifetime membership. Dr. Keith Jenkins, who served as the secretary-treasurer of the organization from 1997-2003, will be the speaker for this event.

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