May 02, 2013
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business held its 45th Annual Beta
Gamma Sigma (BGS) induction ceremony on Monday, April 29,
2013 at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach, New York. Over
200 people were in attendance as 102 students were inducted with
two students, Michael Meyer and Jacqueline Afonso Rodrigues,
receiving their second Society recognition, transitioning from
undergraduate to graduate members.
Dr. Joseph Gaicalone won the Professor of the Year Award,
renamed in his honor based on his lifetime of service and
dedication to both the Tobin College and Beta Gamma Sigma, and
Douglas Leary was awarded honorary membership.
“His years of dedication and commitment to St. John’s University’s
Tobin College of Business and its students both an alumnus and as
Assistant Dean, Director of Advisement made him a deserving
candidate for this recognition. Furthermore, his assistance over
the years to St. John’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter makes us
particularly excited to extend this long overdue honor,” notes
Ryall Carroll, assistant professor of marketing.
As a result of St. John’s being recognized as an exemplary BGS
chapter, undergraduate student Moges Beyenes was the first
recipient of the newly established St. John’s Chapter of Beta Gamma
Sigma tuition scholarship.
Alumni honoree James Shannon served as keynote, speaking about the
overlap of St. John’s values, the values of Beta Gamma Sigma and
how students should always be prepared and strive for
Mr. Shannon is a founding senior partner, chief operating officer
and management committee member responsible for Indus Capital
Partners LLC and is responsible for the company’s infrastructure
and strategic development. He also serves as a member of the St.
John’s University Board of Governors. Prior to his role as chief
operating officer, Mr. Shannon served as the head of the global
trading team from 2000 to 2012. With over 17 years of experience in
global equity and derivatives markets, Mr. Shannon started his
career as trust administer in the Custody Department of Chase Bank
servicing the General Electric relationship, a role he obtained via
the St John's placement office.
“The induction ceremony was an incredible experience for my family
and me. I had heard that the ceremony was very regal and elegant,
but until I arrived at the hall I didn't know what that truly
meant. It was very nice for all my hard work over the last 4 years
to be celebrated and rewarded in such a beautiful and prestigious
way,” noted graduate student Nicole Valente. “It was an honor to be
invited to join BGS this year and I know that this will help me in
my future. BGS has a very large network of alumni who are working
in all kinds of industries and positions in the business world, and
I know that this shared connection will help me as I move forward
in my career.”
About Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is an exclusive program open only to graduate
students who are in the top 20 percent of their class, or
undergraduate students who are in the top 10 percent of their
class. Students must be enrolled in a degree program that is
professionally accredited by AACSB International, such as the Peter
J. Tobin College of Business.
About The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business has provided a high-quality
business education for over eighty years, offering individuals from
throughout the world the opportunity to study in New York’s dynamic
business environment. The innovative curriculum emphasizes an
analytic and hands-on understanding of business practice that
prepares graduates to excel in today’s global marketplace.
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