Various honor societies, including Beta Gamma Sigma, an honor society recognizing all business majors (pictured), celebrated Honors Week by initiating new members:
from left to right: Dr. Kristy Lauver, professor of management and BGS faculty adviser; Kara Braun, a senior business finance major and new initiate; Dr. William Ogden, professor of finance and this year's BGS outstanding professor; Dr. Meg Devine, professor of accounting and BGS chapter president; Joseph Glatczak, a senior management-HR major and new initiate.

Business Honor Societies Continue Honors Week Traditions

By Stephanie Bowe, Kyle Fossen, Drew Johnson, Sarah Tupper

College of Business students had the opportunity to participate in the 36th annual Honors Week, April 21-26. Honor Societies from the College of Business that participated and were recognized included Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting), Beta Gamma Sigma, and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics).

Established in 1973 with just five groups and 450 attendees, Honors Week has grown to include 34 groups with over 1,500 members. This year, students attended speeches by faculty and visiting lecturers, seminars, panel discussions, and debates. To conclude Honors Week, a banquet was held on Saturday, April 25 to honor students who participated. University faculty, college deans, students families, as well as Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich were also in attendance.

“Honors Week was a great chance to meet a variety of students,” said Eric Pritzl, Finance major and Beta Gamma Sigma member. “It allowed us to exchange ideas and expertise with one another.”

Students were recognized for their dedication and hard work through scholastic awards. Certificates were awarded to senior members who maintained a 3.5 GPA over their four years at UW-Eau Claire, and the senior with the highest cumulative GPA was also recognized with an award. Other awards included the National Graduate Fellowship Award, the Eau Claire Chapter Award, and scholarships presented by various departments.

“Graduating ‘Beta Gamma Sigma’ is the highest honor a business student anywhere in the world can receive,” said Pritzl. “It is a great way to separate you from the crowd when networking with corporate recruiters.”

Honors Week recognizes individuals who represent the university motto of excellence. It has become part of the rich tradition of UW-Eau Claire, and will continue to do so long into the future.

“It felt great to be recognized for all the dedication and hard work throughout the years,” Pritzl said.

Stephanie BoweKyle FossenDrew Johnson Sarah Tupper

From left to right: Stephanie Bowe, is a senior marketing major - professional sales emphasis from Austin, MN; Kyle Fossen, is a senior marketing major - professional sales emphasis from Bloomington, MN; Drew Johnson, is a senior finance major from Eden Prairie, MN; Sarah Tupper, is a senior marketing major from Rochester, MN. They wrote this article for their BCOM advanced writing class.

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