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Communication Associate: Public Relations | Lori Melton | | (218) 726-8830

May 13, 2005
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations, (218) 726-8830,
Kjell R Knudsen, Dean, UMD Labovitz School of Business & Economics, (218) 726-7288,
Alan Roline, Head, UMD Department of Accounting (218) 726-8550,

UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics
Names Top Business Students
to International Honor Society

The UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) congratulates the 39 students who have accepted invitations into Beta Gamma Sigma membership. Only business students who earn the distinction of "The Best in Class" during their academic careers can claim membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Beta Gamma Sigma is the business school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa in liberal arts education.

Approximately 6% of all business graduates worldwide are inducted into lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Students ranking in the top 7 percent of the junior class, top 10 percent of the senior class, and top 20 percent of master's programs at schools accredited by AACSB International -The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, are eligible for this invitation to honor society membership. There are approximately 1200 business schools worldwide, and only 480 are accredited by AACSB.

Beta Gamma Sigma membership is an international honor. These outstanding LSBE students have received the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or masters program at a school accredited by AACSB International.

Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organization in 1913. Its mission is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business. The Society endeavors to foster in its members an enduring commitment to the principles and values of Beta Gamma Sigma: honor and integrity, pursuit of wisdom and earnestness.

The following students were inducted into the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma at a reception and dinner ceremony held at the Kitchi Gammi Club in Duluth, Minnesota on Friday, April 8, 2005.


  • Amy Adelmann -- Lakeville, MN
  • Ruwan Adikaram -- Duluth, MN
  • Ashley Althoff -- Bloomington, MN
  • Daniel Bocchi -- Apple Valley, MN
  • Julie Carlson -- Two Harbors, MN
  • Shannon Dean -- Wyoming, MN
  • Brian Fuchs -- Saint Cloud, MN
  • Jamie Gardner -- Lakeville, MN
  • Clinton Hardy -- Watertown, MN
  • Alex Harris-Jacoby -- Minneapolis, MN
  • Rebecca Hart -- Vadnais Heights, MN
  • Joelle Hero -- Hermantown, MN
  • Thomas Hoeft -- Duluth, MN
  • Alex Husnik -- Golden Valley, MN
  • Clayton Keim -- Sauk Rapids, MN
  • Rachel King -- Minneapolis, MN
  • Laura Kordonowy -- Minnetonka, MN
  • Matthew Law -- Stillwater, MN
  • Ashley McNamara -- Apple Valley, MN
  • Michael Olson -- Duluth, MN
  • John Owen -- Oakdale, MN
  • Michael Puncochar -- New Prague, MN
  • Christopher Rothstein -- Paynesville, MN
  • Khoa Vo -- Duluth, MN
  • Alana Wilson -- Eagan, MN


  • Jody Berger -- Maplewood, MN
  • Bhavini Charadva -- Duluth, MN
  • Aaron Halda -- Rochester, MN
  • Travis Kokal -- Gilbert, MN
  • Ventseslav Lilov -- Duluth, MN
  • Jessica Palumbo -- Duluth, MN
  • Angela Paulucci -- Duluth, MN
  • Nicholas Schroeder -- Hinckley, MN
  • Chris Strom -- White Bear Lake, MN
  • Kirina Trusty -- Annandale, MN

Graduate Students

  • Paul Bachman -- Duluth, MN
  • Marianne Bohren -- Cloquet, MN
  • Brian Hanson -- Rochester, MN
  • Rebecca Schmieding -- Rochester, MN

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