On November 10, Baker University School of Professional and Graduate Studies’ Sigma Beta Delta chapter inducted 43 new members into its ranks. Since its inception at Baker in 2016, the international honor society for business, management, and administration has inducted 64 undergraduate, 86 graduate, and 39 faculty and honorary members.
In its second year as a chapter, Baker’s Sigma Beta Delta chapter was also recognized as one of six Outstanding Chapter Award winners. This recognition highlights chapters that have higher than average acceptance rates and are in overall excellent standing with the organization.
“As a new chapter, we have felt the same emotions that many of our students do as they enter the classroom for the first time,” Sigma Beta Delta Faculty Advisor and Treasurer Jamie Fields said. “We have had to gain a better understanding of the purpose of the society, navigate the benefits offered to us, and find the best ways to recognize our students who are so deserving of this award.”
Three members were also honored at the induction ceremony. Students Dakota Mason and Leonard Herrman were accepted to attend Sigma Beta Delta’s annual Leadership Academy in Bentonville, Arkansas. Mason and Herrman were two of only 20 students selected. During the three-day event, they visited local corporate offices, including Wal-Mart and Tyson foods, visited with a panel of corporate executives, and participated in team-building exercises.
Herrman said the experience was memorable and gave good insight into leadership positions and jobs.
“Overall, the leadership academy was an amazing experience that allowed me to make new contacts, learn and see new things, and just relax and enjoy myself,” Herrman said. “I highly recommend this leadership academy for future Sigma Beta Delta members.”
Laconya Clemons was also honored. Clemons was one of 33 recipients of a 2017 Fellowship Award, which recognizes high-achieving students in the program. Fields believes Clemons’ drive and passion for learning embody the message Sigma Beta Delta aims to promote.
“We are honored to be a part of the national honor society, which values three core principles — wisdom, honor. and aspiration,” Fields said.