Fourteen Students Inducted into Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society

Hodges University News

On Friday, April 7, Hodges University’s Johnson School of Business inducted 14 students and six Hodges administrators, faculty and staff members into its Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society at the ninth annual induction ceremony on the Naples campus.

Sigma Beta Delta was founded in 1994 to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of accounting, business administration and management. It also serves to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

“As a member of Sigma Beta Delta, I challenge you to aspire to goals that will chart you on a path of wisdom and honor throughout your life,” said Dr. Dolores Batiato, program chair of management at Hodges University.

The ceremony included keynote speaker and honorary inductee Barry Banther, CEO of Banther Consulting Corporation and Banther Family Advisors. A business management expert, he was elected three back-to-back terms as chairman of the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities. During his presentation, he encouraged inductees to remember three critical skills to succeed as a leader. “First, run toward the problem, not away from it. Second, make it your goal to invest in people; it is your most valuable inventory; and third, bring out the best in people,” he said.

Batiato introduced the 2017 inductees while Dr. Miguel Rivera, program chair of accounting, and Dr. Mike Smith, professor of management, presented the students with their stoles.

Students inducted during this year’s ceremony include:

Accounting: Vily Andre, Lori Gunn, John Martinous and Dung Phan
Business Administration: Osman Cosgun, David Ferguson, Gratien Iyumva, Stela Sheehan and Marina Zupan
Management: Carole Clark, Jennifer Porr, Jordan Scardigno and Kenneth Worthy
Public Administration: Mari Thieryung

Hodges administrators, faculty and staff inducted during the ceremony include:

Dr. Donald Wortham, president of Hodges University
Carol Morrison, senior vice president of student and support services
Dr. Marcia Turner, dean of students
Leisha Cali, director of English as a Second Language program
Rick Durant, adjunct faculty of accounting
Eve Olvera, administrative assistant to the dean of the Johnson School of Business
Honorary member inducted during the ceremony include:

Barry Banther, CEO, Banther Consulting Corporation and Banther Family Advisors

About the Johnson School of Business:
Hodges University’s Johnson School of Business degree programs present a useful blend of business theory and practical skills at the undergraduate or graduate level. Degree options are available for students who are just beginning their careers or for established business professionals. Our benefactor, Kenneth Oscar Johnson was a distinguished chemical engineer, respected petroleum industry executive and a venture capitalist who helped small companies succeed. To honor his legacy of professional excellence, entrepreneurial ingenuity and generous support of Hodges University’s educational mission, the university renamed its School of Business to the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University in 2006.

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