Twelve Students Inducted into Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society

Hodges University News

On 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.

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.

“Today’s 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.”

The 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.

Dr. 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.

Students inducted during this year’s ceremony include:

Management: Sheronia Garcia, Sheldon Smith, Gwenn Rios and Allen Franklin
Accounting: Donna Bruno, Mauricio Yabar-Cerf, Virginia Gornik and Yaili Rives
Business Administration: Robert Stevens, Yvette Carballo, Dayana Gonzalez-Cordovez and Carrie Hogan

The 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 Beta Delta.

“Hodges 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.

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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