There is no greater compliment for a Goodman School of Business student than to be told that “Chancellor Goodman would be proud of your accomplishments.” At a business school that prides itself on showing its trademark “Goodman spirit” at every opportunity, invoking the pride of one of Canada’s investment leaders is an important stamp of approval.
And that stamp approval is even more significant for Goodman’s top students, who were given that very compliment when they were recognized for their academic accomplishments at a celebration academic excellence and Goodman spirit on Thursday, Sept. 11.
At the reception, Brock University president Dr. Jack Lightstone and Dr. Carman Cullen, Goodman’s associate dean of undergraduate and accreditations, honoured two groups of academic superstars: the first undergraduate recipients of Brock’s Goodman Scholarship and recent inductees to Beta Gamma Sigma, the international academic honours society for business students.
The 34 Goodman scholarship winners, who were chosen based on their leadership in school and community life, evidence of entrepreneurial talent, exceptional high academic grades and financial need, represent the top 5% of incoming Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration students. The scholarships were the result of the 2012 transformation gift from the Goodman Foundation that provided the business school with the ability to offer incoming scholarships to high achieving students.
The recent inductees to Beta Gamma Sigma represent academic excellence on the other end of the business degree. The inductees are third-year and graduating business students who represent the top 10% of all Goodman students. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma represents the highest academic recognition a business student can achieve at Goodman.
In his remarks to the gathered students, their family members and faculty, Associate Dean Cullen urged the students, especially the new incoming students, to “keep up the good work”. Referencing the members of Beta Gamma Sigma, he forecasted future success for the scholarship winners.
“As the Beta Gamma Sigma members here can tell you – academic achievement is hard work, it takes commitment and long hours but the end result is extremely rewarding,” said Cullen. “Your degree from Goodman is an investment and the hard work you are putting in now will result in a rewarding career.”
The Goodman Scholarship is awarded every year to new undergraduate BAcc and BBA students.