Twelve Students Inducted into Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society
Friday, April 15, Hodges University’s Johnson School of Business inducted 12
students into its Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society at the eighth annual induction
ceremony on the Fort Myers campus.
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
students were selected from approximately 750 fellow accounting, business
administration, and management students representing the best of the best that
the Johnson School of Business has to offer,” said Dr. Peter Karastamatis,
professor of business administration at Hodges. “The chapter also invites
faculty and special friends of the university to join. Each student candidate
must rank in the upper 20 percent of his or her class, have completed two years
of undergraduate or one year of graduate work, and be of good moral character.”
ceremony included special guest speaker and honorary inductee Jim Wall,
director of communications at Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board.
Known as “The Career Doctor,” he provided guests with valuable information
regarding employability skills, as well as how to create a healthy and
successful job search strategy.
Mike Smith, professor of management in the Johnson School of Business,
introduced the 2016 inductees while Dr. Miguel Rivera, program chair of
accounting, presented the students with their certificates, pins and stoles.
inducted during this year’s ceremony include:
Sheronia Garcia, Sheldon Smith, Gwenn Rios and Allen Franklin
Accounting: Donna Bruno, Mauricio Yabar-Cerf, Virginia Gornik and Yaili
Business Administration: Robert Stevens, Yvette Carballo, Dayana
Gonzalez-Cordovez and Carrie Hogan
ceremony ended with Karastamatis recognizing David Batiato, captain of the
Marco Island Fire-Rescue, as an honorary inductee into Sigma Beta Delta before
Dr. Aysegul Timur, dean of the Johnson School of Business, and Dr. Dolores
Batiato, program chair of management, congratulated the new members of Sigma
University, the Johnson School of Business faculty and staff, the officers of
Sigma Beta Delta, and I welcome all of you as peers and members of the Hodges
University Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta. Your recognition and induction is a
reflection of the commitment you have made to hard work and the pursuit of
excellence,” said Timur.
the Johnson School of Business:
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