The past and the present will both be recognized during the sixth annual induction ceremony For Sigma Beta Delta at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.
The present will be represented by 25 current CSB and SJU juniors and seniors, who will be inducted at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 via Zoom.
This is the sixth cohort of students to be inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the highest national recognition a business or accounting major can receive at a college or university with a regional accreditation but not a specialized accreditation in business.
The local chapter is also continuing its practice of honoring graduates who have been successful in the business, management and administrative areas. LeAnne Stewart ’87, chief financial officer at Axia Women’s Health, and Bennett Morgan ‘85, retired president and chief operating officer of Polaris Industries Inc., will be this year’s honorary inductees.
Stewart, who has served in her role at Axia since May 2018, is the vice chair of the CSB Board of Trustees. Morgan retired in May 2016 as president and chief operating officer of Polaris Industries Inc. – positions he held since April 2005 – and is a member of the SJU Board of Trustees.
CSB Interim President Laurie Hamen will introduce Stewart, while SJU Interim President Eugene McAllister will introduce Bennett.
The newest cohort consists of 15 SJU students and 10 CSB students. Broken down by class, there are five seniors and 20 juniors being recognized. By major, there are 17 accounting and finance majors and eight global business leadership majors.
A total of 126 CSB and SJU students have been inducted into Sigma Beta Delta the previous five years.
To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the top 20 percent of the junior or senior class and be invited by the faculty officers. CSB and SJU wanted to make the society more elite and required inductees to have a minimum 3.75 GPA.
Through the society, members can apply for fellowships, utilize networking opportunities and gain access to competitive scholarships.