For Immediate Release — November 5, 2004

SUNY GENESEO RECEIVES PREMIER

BETA GAMMA SIGMA CHAPTER AWARD

GENESEO, N.Y. — The State University of New York at Geneseo collegiate chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma has been recognized as a Premier Chapter for its superior level of membership acceptance and promotional activities in the 2003-04 academic year. Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for AACSB International – The Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Premier status award recognizes the chapter’s high level of success in recruiting top business students into the society. Each year, collegiate Beta Gamma Sigma chapters extend invitations to the top seven percent of business juniors, the upper 10 percent of business seniors, and the highest 20 percent of business graduate students. Chapters granted Premier status have had at least 85 percent of their invitations accepted by their top undergraduate and graduate level students. Acceptance rates are taken from the 2003-04 school year, from which collegiate chapters were required to submit information before being considered a Premier Chapter. According to Mary Ellen Zuckerman, dean of SUNY Geneseo’s Jones School of Business, 100 percent of invited students chose to join Beta Gamma Sigma in 2003-04.

With Premier status, the Geneseo chapter is now eligible to award a $1,000 Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship in the 2005-06 academic year. The chapter is also pre-qualified for consideration as an Outstanding Chapter, the highest honor attainable by a collegiate chapter.

Of the 417 Beta Gamma Sigma chapters currently established on college and university campuses, only 62 were recognized as Premier Chapters in 2004.

The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and to foster personal and professional excellence among its members. To meet this goal, Beta Gamma Sigma annually extends society membership to the best and brightest students from AACSB accredited business programs. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma provides students with lifelong recognition of the high scholarly achievement, a benefit they carry throughout the rest of their academic and professional careers.

Lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest achievement available to business students anywhere in the world. Of the 300,000 students expected to graduate from business programs each year, only about 20,000 will be invited to join the society. Beta Gamma Sigma collegiate chapters can be found in all 50 states and four continents.

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