It has been a little more than a year since Mary Baldwin established a chapter of business honor society Sigma Beta Delta, but the campus group is already making a name for itself at the national level.
Member Kathryn Carper, a junior business administration major, is one of just 25 students across the country chosen to attend the society’s inaugural Leadership Academy this week in San Diego. In addition, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Marketing Communication Janet Ewing was one of just five faculty advisors nationwide tapped to assist in facilitating the Academy.
“When I first found out I was chosen I did not really know what to think, but as I get closer and closer to leaving I am realizing how much of an honor this experience truly is,” Carper said. “I hope to take away the knowledge of how such a powerful organization works, that I will forever be a part of this prestigious network, and that the projects we will develop will make a difference.”
This isn’t the first time Carper has been able to take advantage of nationwide networking. In October, she was one of several business students who attended an annual ethics symposium in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Students attending the Leadership Academy will be challenged to design one or more projects that use the potential of the Sigma Beta Delta network — all 265 chapters — to impact humanity.
“It has always been the goal of our society to be more than just an organization which honors scholastic achievement,” Sigma Beta Delta president Donald Driemeier wrote in an open letter to all 57,000 members. “Clearly our goal has always been to challenge all members to use their intellect for societal good. The purpose of the inaugural Leadership Academy will be to bring that goal to fruition.”
Carper is aware of the high expectations associated with her trip and sees it as an incredible privilege.
“The head of Sigma Beta Delta believes that I am capable of working as a member of the team that will design a program that others in the network will use for years to come,” she said.
The Mary Baldwin chapter of the honor society was chartered in September 2009. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior or senior class, maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and be invited to membership by the faculty officers.