YSU students inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary

beta gamma sigma 2014Thirty-seven students in the Williamson College of Business Administration were recently inducted into the Youngstown State University Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the world’s premier business honorary association.

Beta Gamma Sigma is reserved exclusively for schools accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. While nearly 350,000 students nationwide receive bachelors or master’s degrees in business each year, only about 25,000 are inducted into a lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. To be eligible for membership, students must be registered in business administration programs and be candidates for the baccalaureate or MBA degree. Students ranking in the top 10 percent of the junior class, the top 10 percent of the senior class or the top 20 percent of the master’s program are eligible.

Students installed include: Salvatore Coppola, Anthony Lemmo, and Denise Barber of Warren; Gregory Smith, Dina Casciano, Amanda Slattery, Tyler Wilson, Jacqueline Podolsky, Madalyn Schaefer, John Jakubek, Timothy Cheslik, and Chelsea Willison of Canfield; Michael Lewis, Thomas Lyden, Janet Ranalli, and Christina Saelzer of Youngstown; Carey Denman of Cortland; Jonathan Dunn of Salem; Jonathan Henson and Kevin Pangio of Austintown; Sterling Morris of Hubbard; Taylor Garland and Jerald Dugan of McDonald; Stephen Bosela of Struthers; Olivia Conner and Corrine Pavlicko of Poland; Caroline Standohar of Girard; Marra Cercone and Chad Regano of Boardman; Kaitlyn Pinter of Farmdale; Benjamin Lynch of North Lima; Justin Beeman of Mansfield; Anthony Alfano of Lowellville; Jared Sliwinski of Niles, Brittany Wheeler of Middlefield, and Joseph Ashcroft of Burghill.

Garry Mrozek, chief executive officer of Hometown Pharmacy Solutions, was the keynote speaker for the induction ceremony. Mrozek joined Hometown Pharmacy Solutions after a 28-year banking career culminating as the regional president of PNC Bank and Head of the Wealth Management Division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration management and an MBA in finance from YSU and was honored as YSU Distinguished MBA Alumnus in 1998.

BGS members are found in all 50 states and more than 160 countries around the world. Beginning in June, Betty Jo Licata, dean of YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration, will hold the position of the president of the organization.

With the addition of these students, WCBA has inducted 594 students. The YSU chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma has been recognized as an Exemplary Chapter for its superior level of membership acceptance. With Exemplary Chapter status, the chapter awarded a $1,000 Beta Gamma Sigma scholarship to Philip Hall of Boardman in the 2013-2014 academic year. Bill Vendemia of Youngstown is the president and advisor and Tony Kos of Transfer, Pa., is secretary/treasurer. Michael Podolsky, senior in Finance from Canfield, holds the office of vice president.