January 21, 2019  

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USM Business Students, Faculty Member Inducted in Beta Gamma Sigma

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The College of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) at The University of Southern Mississippi inducted 48 students and one faculty member this spring. Beta Gamma Sigma is a business honorary that recognizes academic excellence in business studies only at schools that are AACSB accredited (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business).

The Southern Miss chapter of BGS has achieved “highest honors” status for the 3rd consecutive year. Of the 563 chapters in the world, only 52 achieved this status this year. 

Wanda Fennell, adviser to the Southern Miss chapter noted: “It is a privilege and honor to work with the members and leadership team of Beta Gamma Sigma at the University of Southern Mississippi. These are truly some of the best students at USM and are among the finest business students in the world.”

Students who are inducted are considered lifetime members. There are more than 791,000 individuals who have been inducted into BGS since 1913.

Listed below are the University of Southern Mississippi students and their hometowns.   Six individuals were inducted at a previous time as undergraduate students and then again, received the honor as graduate students. Russ Willis, Management Professor of Practice, was inducted as a faculty member.



Hannah Nicole Boykin

Waynesboro, MS

Jonathan Brent

Hattiesburg, MS

Victoria Ruth Brodbeck

Fairhope, AL

Walden Davis III

Decatur, GA

Matthew Keller

Metairie, LA; New Orleans, LA

Kody Ladner

Pass Christian, MS

Abbie Lee

Harrisville, MS

Hunter Martin

Foley, AL

William Lane Martin

Prentiss, MS

Marissa Martinez

Slidell, LA

Donald Leslie Motter Jr.

Hattiesburg, MS

Deidra Ollie

Madison, MS

Edward M. Paul

Greenville, MS

Warren Russell Reilly Jr.

Mobile, AL

Payton Alexis Riley

Wiggins, MS

Andrea C. Rivera Santiago

Pensacola, FL

Tally Shaw

Perkinston, MS

Jacob Paul Smith

Vicksburg, MS

Josh Sullivan

Laurel, MS

Zachary VanNorman

Madison, MS

Gabrielle Felice Williams

Hattiesburg, MS



Cody Block

Glendale,  AZ

Jeranda Nicole Boykin

Mobile, AL

Neilly Buck

Gulfport, MS

Kaytlynn Marie Bush

Pearl/Brandon, MS

Alycia M. Coleman

Wibaux, MT

Kris R Evans

Forest, MS; Puckett, MS

Desirae Fairley

Hattiesburg, MS

Lachelle Holmes

Tylertown, MS

Jayne Jackson

Jackson, MS; Lahaina, HI, Maui County

Charles David Jones

Biloxi, MS

Ashley Kittrell

Mobile, AL

Christina Morris

Pascagoula, MS

Leanna Morrow

Purvis, MS

Tyler Murry

Indianola, MS

Raina Parker

Gulfport, MS

James E Shoemake

Petal, MS



Nishu Gupta

Hattiesburg, MS

Derek Halbasch

Woodland, CA

Nicholas Edward Johnston

Necaise, MS; Picayune, MS; Bay St. Louis, MS

Jordan William Muscat

Barrie, ON, Canada

Melanie Theresa Santiago

Biloxi, MS

Masters, 2nd Recognition


Michelle A. Batie

Chattanooga, TN

Erika Dear

Mendenhall, MS; Florence, MS

William Hewes IV

Gulfport, MS

Mallory K James

Laurel, MS

Lloyd Lambeth

Hattiesburg, MS

Alexis Tymkiw

Slidell, LA



Russ Willis

Hattiesburg, MS