University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the academic honor society for business administration students. It was founded in 1913 and chartered on the University of Arkansas campus in 1932. Invitations to membership in the society may only be issued to the college's most outstanding students.

Membership

Juniors must rank in the upper 7% of the class, seniors in the top 10%, and master's students in the top 20%. Doctoral students are eligible upon successful defense of the dissertation.

Faculty who are not already members may be invited to membership upon the conferral of tenure.

View Historical Members List


Invitations

beta-gamma-sigma-logoAt the University of Arkansas membership invitations are issued personally to students in class in February of each year. Students who are graduating in December may be invited in November.

There is an annual initiation banquet, usually on the first Tuesday in March.

Leadership

National rules require a faculty member to serve as president and secretary-treasurer of the chapter, with students holding the positions of Vice-Presidents.

Current Beta Gamma Sigma Officers

  • President - John Norwood, Dept of Accounting
  • Secretary Treasurer - Molly Rapert, Dept of Marketing
  • Vice-President - Kelsey Wheelhouse
  • Vice-President - Hannah Birch

Chapter Honorees

Each year the Arkansas Alpha Chapter selects a business person whose personal and professional achievements exemplify the ideals of Beta Gamma Sigma. Below are the names of every Chapter Honoree selected by the Arkansas Alpha Chapter.


 

  • 2015: Doug McMillon
  • 2014: Martin Fiscus
  • 2013: Jan Williams
  • 2012: Ken Shollmier
  • 2011: Ruben Martin
  • 2010: Ann Bordelon
  • 2009: Robert Shoptaw
  • 2008: Greg Lee
  • 2007: Mack McLarty
  • 2006: Ed Wilson
  • 2005: Lee Bodenhamer
  • 2004: Mary Ann Greenwood
  • 2003: Mark Sutton
  • 2002: Joe T. Ford
  • 2001: Kirk Thompson
  • 2000: Richard Barclay
  • 1999: Tommy Boyer
  • 1998: Tom Seay
  • 1997: Jim Von Gremp
  • 1996: Norma Beasley
  • 1995: William Hucheson
  • 1994: Frank Fletcher
  • 1993: George Edwards
  • 1992: David Banks
  • 1991: John Lewis
  • 1990: Julia Peck Mobley
  • 1989: Barry Findley
  • 1989: Dale Jones
  • 1988: John Matthews
  • 1988: John Ingraham
  • 1987: Edward Penick
  • 1987: James Buchanan
  • 1986: William R. Allen
  • 1985: Robert Leflar
  • 1984: Perry Greenwood
  • 1983: Dan Maestri
  • 1982: B.A. Nugent
  • 1981: Fred Pickens, Jr.
  • 1980: Charles E. Scharlau
  • 1979: Bessie B. Moore
  • 1978: Fred Brown
  • 1976: Hugh L. Hembree
  • 1974: B. Finley Vinson
  • 1972: William Dillard, Sr.
  • 1971: William Rector
  • 1970: William Bowen
  • 1969: Cass Hough
  • 1968: Edward Penick
  • 1967: R.A. Young, Jr.
  • 1966: Frank Whitbeck
  • 1965: Carl R. Stout
  • 1964: Jack East, Jr.
  • 1963: Reeves E. Ritchie
  • 1962: Charles Haywood Murphy, Jr.
  • 1961: Paul O. Canaday
  • 1960: Cecil W. Cupp
  • 1959: Fred M. Dierks
  • 1958: Beloit Taylor
  • 1957: Louis E. Hurley
  • 1956: Edward W. Reed
  • 1955: Frank Cantrell
  • 1954: T.H. Banister
  • 1953: William M. Shepherd
  • 1952: P. L. Baxter
  • 1951: Peter F. Watzek
  • 1949: Joshua K. Shepherd

Honorees Prior to 1949

  • Benjamin H. Wooten
  • Lewis A. Watkins
  • James H. Penick
  • Clarence F. Byrns
  • Thomas H. Barton
  • Marion Wasson
  • John L. Longino
  • John Futrall
  • Harvey C. Couch

News

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2015-2016 Student Officers:
Kelsey Wheelhouse & Hannah Birch
with faculty advisor John Norwood
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2015-2016 Scholarship Award Winners
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Links

 

Questions?

If you have any questions regarding Beta Gamma Sigma, or any information presented on this website, please contact:

John Norwood
479.575.6353
jnorwood@walton.uark.edu.

Member, Association of College Honor Societies www.achsnatl.org