COBE Banquet Honors Student, Faculty Achievements

The College of Business and Economics (COBE) recognized its top students and faculty members at the 2012 COBE Honors Banquet Thursday, April 26, and inducted 38 members into the Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) honorary fraternity.

"Tonight we celebrate excellence and honor the achievements of those who have given us extra, those who have taught us and those who have taken us to new levels," COBE Dean Faye Gilbert said.

James Lollar, chair of the Department of Marketing, won COBE’s Scholar-Citizen Award. Emma Sowers of Richmond, a senior with majors in finance, accounting and management, was awarded the 2012 COBE Outstanding Student Award.

Beau Proctor, a senior accounting major from Fairfax, earned the Dean's Award for service and scholarship. Chris Blake, a senior economics major from Chesapeake, and Brett Olinger, a senior management major from Timberville, were co-winners of the Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key for academic achievement.

Angela Stanton, associate professor of marketing, received the BGS Outstanding Faculty Award.

Beta Gamma Sigma inductions

Junior R. Rene Carling, MBA student Jonathan W. Cin and MBA student Jeremy R. Moore are inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma on Thursday evening.

Keynote speaker at the banquet in Muse Hall was Chris Pund '08, a cost-volume analyst at Northrop Grumman and member of the COBE Advisory Council. "I have so much to be thankful for from my time at RU—friends, faculty and experiences," Pund said. "I know all of them will help you as well as you leave this little slice of heaven."

The 2012 COBE Outstanding Students were Jason Patten, accounting; Christopher Blake, economics; Scarlett Turman, finance; Brett Olinger, management; John Krajc, marketing; Stela Chileva, full-time MBA program; and Kara Espinoza, professional MBA program.

At the BGS induction ceremony in Heth Hall preceding the honors banquet, Dale Henderson, chair of the Department of Management, was the 2012 faculty inductee, along with eight MBA students, five seniors and 24 juniors. Helen Roybark, associate professor of accounting, was recognized with a medallion for her five years of service as advisor to the prestigious business society.

BGS is an international organization that recognizes academic excellence at top business schools, including those accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. Since its founding in 1913, the society has established more than 480 collegiate chapters around the world.

Membership in the BGS at COBE is limited to juniors and seniors who rank in the top 10 percent of their class or MBA students in the top 20 percent.