“It takes a big collaborative effort to achieve success,” the WKU accounting instructor said. “There is so much work involved. My name is on the award, but I could not have done it on my own. I must credit co-advisors Dr. Shane Spiller and Dr. Dawn Bolton and past advisor Dr. Cathy Carey for this success.”
Beta Gamma Sigma is an international business honor society reserved for the top students in business colleges that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Henson said invitations are made to the top 10 percent of second semester juniors and seniors and top 20 percent of MBA students.
This year, 56 of the 58 invitations were accepted. High acceptance rates have been the norm at WKU in the 11 years Henson has been co-advisor, which is a result of the group collaboration.
In her first year, Henson said some seniors who had declined invitations in their junior years asked to join, but had to be turned away because they were not in the top 10 percent. It was then she decided she would do all she could to get students to join when they were first eligible.
“I never want to have to tell students they are no longer eligible when they want to join,” she said.
Henson said the chapter works with faculty and administration to deliver invitation packets to students while they are in class and explain the benefits of accepting the invitation.
And if students cannot afford the one-time $65 fee, many faculty members will help sponsor them by writing a check, she said. Some will help support multiple students.
The collaboration may be one reason Henson was surprised when Gordon Ford College of Business Dean Jeff Katz told her she was being honored at the BGS spring banquet and would pick up the actual award at the AACSB meeting in San Diego.
“It was quite a lovely surprise,” she said.
Also at the banquet, Dawn Bolton, assistant professor of Management, was named BGS faculty member of the year. Amy Winkler, an accounting major from Murray, was named BGS Leadership Forum Representative and David Thomas, an accounting major from Edgewood, was the BGS Scholarship recipient.
The 2012 inductees were:
- Juniors: Rebecca Buckman, Waverly; William Caswell, Clarkson; Katelyn Childress, Munfordville; Christopher Cook, Bedford; Gregory Foster, Bowling Green; Laura Gass, Bowling Green; Kaylin Graves, Tompkinsville; Christopher Hamlet, Bowling Green; Chasity Henning, Hardinsburg; Logan Horrall, Lexington; Chelsea Howard, Fountain Run; Anh Le, Bowling Green; Bridgett Link, Franklin; Susan Livers, Coxs Creek; Hilary Mishler, Crawfordsville, Ind.; Courtney Morley, Louisville.
- Seniors: Cory Bernier, Russellville; Benjamin Aroh, Louisville; Holly Berger, Bowling Green; Emily Borgmeier, Richmond; Brandi Capps, Hopkinsville; April Cavanah, Hopkinsville; Chandler Coffman, Elkton; Kelsey Edwards, Harrodsburg; Brendan Flaherty, Bowling Green; Alejandro Franco, Bowling Green; Daniel Fuchs, Hawesville; Kyle Fuller, Henderson; Holly Hatcher, Cave City; Taylor Hatfield, Philpot; Chris Kinney, Louisville; Diego Leal Ambriz, Bowling Green; ZhiQiang Li, Bowling Green; Nian Liu, Bowling Green; Zachary Mattingly, Bardstown; Jennifer Noble, Bowling Green; Courtney Patrick, Bowling Green; Luke Rakestraw, London; Lynne Swetmon, Bowling Green; David Thomas, Edgewood; Corey Vincent, Bowling Green; Brian Weigel, Bowling Green; Amy Winkler, Murray.
- MBA students: Sa Dao, Bowling Green; Heidi Estes, Chrisney, Ind.; You Han, Bowling Green; Benjamin Haynes, Newburgh, Ind.; James Hume, Bowling Green; Jason Marshall, Paducah; Jacob Ray, Bowling Green; Mark Santoro, Bowling Green; William Simpkins, Saint Peters, Mo.; Casey Tinius, Bowling Green; Kristopher White, Bowling Green; Damian Wirth, Franklin; Mariah Yates, Bowling Green.
Contact: Sheri Henson, (270) 745-5382.