On Friday, Nov. 4, 41 students from Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies were inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society that recognizes and promotes achievement in business, management, and administration. Four honorary inductees, including Baker Board of Trustees member Hoot Gibson and several faculty members, were also recognized at the biannual induction ceremony.

“We feel the mission of Sigma Beta Delta directly aligns with the values we support here at Baker University,” Jamie Fields, treasurer and faculty advisor for the honor society, said. “Being able to showcase students who not only achieve academically in pursuit of their business degree, but also thrive in their personal and professional lives is important to us.”

Membership to Baker’s School of Professional and Graduates Studies chapter is by invitation to junior and senior baccalaureate students and graduate students who rank in the top 20 percent of their class and have no record of academic misconduct. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 60 credit hours, 21 of which are from the core program courses, while graduate students must have completed at least 11 of the core program courses.

The focus of the honor society is to recognize students who demonstrate both a high level of academic success and hold the fundamental Sigma Beta Delta tenets of wisdom, honor, and aspiration in high esteem. Sigma Beta Delta also provides an environment that encourages and promotes aspirations toward personal and professional improvement as well as honorable service to humankind.

Qualifying student members will be recognized at Baker’s winter commencement ceremonies by wearing green and gold cords. Future inductions will be held during the spring and fall terms. Membership in the honor society provides Baker graduates with additional networking opportunities and professional resources.

The chapter is led by officers who are also Baker University School of Professional and Graduate Studies staff members. Chair of the Associate Program and Assistant Professor Tereasa Gilmore serves as chapter president and Allyson Betzold, lead faculty and prior learning and assessment coordinator, serves as vice president. Fields is an academic advisor and faculty member at Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Additional information about the honor society can be found at www.sigmabetadelta.org.

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