Lawrence Tech inducted 32 students into the Beta Gamma Sigma business honors fraternity in a March 29 ceremony at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield.
It was the second annual induction ceremony for the group, which is associated with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the most exclusive accreditation agency for college and university business programs. AACSB accreditation is achieved by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools. Lawrence Tech achieved the honor in 2018.
Entry into Beta Gamma Sigma is reserved for the top 10 percent of undergraduate students and the top 20 percent of graduate students, along with distinguished business professionals. Its name derives from the first letters of the Greek words for honor, wisdom, and earnestness.
Attendees heard presentations from two honorary inductees. Bankole Thompson, columnist for the Detroit News and editor-in-chief of the Detroit based antipoverty non-profit PuLSE Institute, urged the students to incorporate the struggle for civil rights into their careers. And he told the students that “you aren’t just the leaders of tomorrow, you are the leaders of today, and you can make a difference.”
The other honorary inductee, Andra Rush, founder, chair and CEO of the Rush Group, told the students how she founded a trucking company in 1984, at age 23, after being unsatisfied working in nursing. (She said she found truck drivers were making $1,200 a week 30 years ago, when she was earning $400 a week as a nurse.) Today, her Rush Group is a transportation, logistics and auto supply empire, with 1,100 tractor-trailers and a billion-dollar manufacturing plant.
“There will be moments in your life when you are pushed out of your comfort zone,” she told the students, parents, and LTU faculty and staff. “Or you’ll be in your comfort zone and you’ll feel something is missing. I urge you to get out of your comfort zone. Failure is where you learn.” She also urged students who found businesses to surround themselves with employees who are smarter than they are, and cultivate great customers, suppliers, community backers, and “friendly competitors.”
Her next business idea? Water. In the next decade, she said, almost all of the states in the country will be facing water shortages, and she said she’s thinking of business ideas to capitalize on the resources of the Great Lakes.
Beta Gamma Sigma
Undergraduate inductees: Maria Alvarez Rodilla, Matthew Blunk, Joshua Denomie, Peter Ebaugh, Teryn Kline, Adam Ktona, Suhas Potluri, Max Sabo, Alex Snarski, Garrett Vonk
Graduate inductees: Matthew Ainsworth, Haifa Alburek, Chris Collacott, Hanyu Gao, Kristin Golden, Xinhui Huang, William Kaiser, Ravi Kallepalli, Samantha Mabbitt, Venkata Rathna Aniriudh Mamidipaka, Adam Mucciacio, Menuka Lakshani Nugaliyadda, Amber Plee, Mark Rakuc, Sally Scheuermann, Harsh Shah, Amica Tubbs, Cesar Daniel Hernandez Urbina
Doctoral inductees: Christopher Atkinson, Kassem Ayoub Ghanem, Michael Thibideau