10th May 2017

Newbold College of Higher Education  added another three students to the rolls of the international business honour society Sigma Beta Delta at an on-campus ceremony on Friday 28 April.

Melinda Yatzy, Mikki Mathias Risager, and Brandon Melic (in absentia), final year students who are expected to graduate over the summer, were invited to join the society in recognition of the high academic standard (GPA over 3.50) and leadership they demonstrated throughout their undergraduate business studies at Newbold.

"It is a great honour to become a part of the Sigma Beta Delta society", said Mikki, who is completing the final examinations for his degree this week. "It's is a mark of distinction, and a reward for all the hard work I have done."

The Society, which was established in the United States in 1994 for exemplary students studying business, management and administration, 'to encourage and recognise scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honourable service to humankind'.

"The fact that Sigma Beta Delta is an external and internationally recognised organisation that focuses only on business students adds recognition to our programme", said outgoing Chapter President and Newbold business lecturer, JC Crissey. "It has helped to further what the School of Business strives to achieve in educating and nurturing students, not only for personal and academic achievement, but also for service to Christ and the wider community."

Since its establishment in 2016, the Newbold Chapter has enhanced the culture within the School of Business by introducing a degree of healthy competition to the student experience as students aspire to achieve academically and are encourage to contribute further within the Newbold church and college community.

Dr Päivikki Kuoppakangas, Interim Head of Newbold's School of Business, who joined the College in September 2016, was also inducted to the Society. As a faculty member Päivikki will serve as the Chapter Treasurer and Secretary for the remainder of the academic year, and will take over as President in the new academic year.


[Kirsty Watkins]

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