Beta Gamma Sigma Inducts About 150  Business Students

Apr. 16, 2013

Students inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society

The JSOM students recently inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma
business honor society included 19 PhD candidates,
70 graduate students and 60 undergraduates.

During a year in which business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma observes its 100th anniversary, a speaker at the recent UT Dallas annual induction ceremony focused on learning from the wisdom of the past.

Keynoter Matrice Ellis-Kirk told the audience that she was raised by her great-grandmother and grandmother, women who had little education themselves but who “understood the power and the empowerment education brings.”

The remark resonated with the inductees and their supporters, including faculty, families, friends and even bosses. To earn an invitation to join the society, the Naveen Jindal School of Management students had to be in top academic standing.

As is tradition, Ellis-Kirk, the managing partner for Diversity and Inclusion Services in the Dallas office of the worldwide executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, joined the society as an honorary member during the April 2 ceremony.

Well-known in Dallas business and civic communities, Ellis-Kirk’s service includes membership on the boards of the North Texas Tollway Authority and of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. She is married to former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk.

She spoke about the meanings of Beta, Gamma and Sigma, Greek letters originally selected to represent the last names of the society’s founders, D. Earle Burchell, Stephen W. Gilman and William A. Scott.

Dean Hasan Pirkul and Matrice Ellis-Kirk shake hands

Dean Hasan Pirkul congratulates Matrice Ellis-Kirk,
who spoke and was made an honorary member
at the recent Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremony.

In 1913, when the organization went national, the letters were assigned additional significance. B stood for Bebaeos, Greek for honor; G for Gnosis, which means wisdom; and S for Spoude  — earnestness.

Ellis-Kirk addressed all three qualities in her speech.

Honor entails having a keen sense of ethical conduct and integrity, she said. “I grew up knowing the only thing I owned was me, and I had to be comfortable looking in the mirror,” she said.

In regard to wisdom, she noted that being told that “you are wise beyond your years” is a compliment. To remain wise beyond our years “requires us to listen, lead and learn,” she said.

Earnestness, Ellis-Kirk said, “involves a purposeful or sincere intent.”

“As leaders, we need purpose,” she said. “We strive to build, improve, drive, multiply and have a positive impact.”

In all, about 150 JSOM students joined the society this year. That number included 19 PhD candidates, 70 graduate students with grade-point averages of 3.85 or higher and 60 undergraduates, who had to place in the top 10 percent of their classes.

Chapter President Monica Powell, the Jindal School’s associate dean for graduate programs, said the latest induction brings the chapter’s total membership to 1,234.


Media Contact: Kris Imherr, Naveen Jindal School of Management, (972) 883-4793, imherr@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
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