School of Business administrators recognized their top students and
acknowledged one of the program's most prominent alumnae during the annual Beta
Gamma Sigma induction ceremony last month.
As the honor society
chapter honoree, Mae Squier-Dow '83
encouraged juniors, seniors and graduate students to utilize the fundamentals
espoused in Oswego
business school classes of all levels. The senior vice president of market
management for CURRENT
Communications said the practical education and emphasis on values such as
social and environmental responsibility will come into play as the graduates
enter the workforce.
Membership in Beta Gamma
Sigma heightens expectations to uphold personal integrity and pursue lifelong
learning, she said.
"Those are the things that
never change because your business is based on those values and principles," said
Squier-Dow, who also co-founded and operated Choice One Communications.
Candidates for induction
must achieve a grade point average that ranks in the top 10 percent of their
class. That translated to a 3.5 GPA or above for this year's 28 inductees.
"This is quite an
achievement to be so highly placed in the class," chapter President and business
school Dean Richard Skolnik said during his remarks.
Only colleges with
accreditation by Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business may have Beta Gamma Sigma chapters. Only
one-third of U.S. business
schools, including Oswego,
Squier-Dow, a former Fund for Oswego national chair and
member of the Oswego College Foundation Board of Directors, applauded the
growth and success of the School of Business since her time as a student of Oswego.
Beta Gamma Sigma inductee and
native David McLaughlin '08 said he
appreciated the real world skills he developed as an accounting and economics
"It's a lot more than just
being in a classroom," said McLaughlin, who is slated to start a job as a
certified public accountant this fall.
Fellow inductee Laura Murphy '09 of Fulton
said the faculty is a big factor in her plan to return to Oswego for graduate
"The teachers are great,"
she said. "They really like to see you succeed."
Squier-Dow noted how
impressed she was with the "high-caliber" students, many of whom indicated they
plan to continue study at Oswego
after their undergraduate business degrees are completed.
"That is just a testament
to the quality of the program here," she said after speaking with Beta Gamma
Sigma inductees following the ceremony in Sheldon Hall.
-- Shane M. Liebler
Mae Squier-Dow '83 speaks to the 2008 Beta Gamma Sigma honor
society inductees April 25. The CURRENT Communications executive was named the
chapter's honoree this year.
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