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Management Program Inducted into National Honorary Fraternity

by University Relations

The School of Business and Management’s Master of Arts in Management (MAM) program earned prestigious membership in the Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE) National Honorary and Professional Management Fraternity in fall 2011. SIE encourages and recognizes scholastic excellence while promoting cooperation between the academic and practical aspects of management. Members may participate in programs that benefit the host institution such as peer advising and mentoring. SIE also provides service to outside entities such as professional speakers and community organizations.

APU’s fraternity now includes Theta Kappa Chapter, which extends membership to students who demonstrate high academic standing and leadership in the field of management. In March, a group of 20 MAM students became the first chapter members. “Through this fraternity, I can interact with my peers and connect with individuals who have vastly contributed to the field of management both professionally and academically,” said Ronald Bejar, M.A. ’12.

The SIE national office and its 73 chapters across the country conduct numerous programs aimed at bridging the gap between management theory andpractices. “Induction into the National Society of Sigma Iota Epsilon highlights the Master of Arts in Management program’s academic standards and the faculty’s qualifications,” said Roxanne Helm Stevens, DBA, MAM program chair. The Theta Kappa Chapter connects SIE’s mission with APU’s Four Cornerstones, (Christ, Scholarship, Community, Service) striving to develop holistic and dynamic professionals in the business world. Over the summer, the SIE executive board conducted a donation drive for the nonprofit organization, The Dream Center, and announced the first guest speaker series, a platform for professionals to share their business insights and strategies for leading high-performing organizations.

“All universities need to develop relationships with organizations that support academic excellence,” said Ilene Bezjian, DBA, dean of the School of Business and Management. “SIE offers a great opportunity to develop these relationships with professionals who work to improve the management environment at all levels. Students striving to meet the SIE qualifications while working toward a master’s degree will be recognized as the best of the best for their perseverance and tenacity to achieve.”

Originally published in the Winter '12 issue of APU Life. Download the full issue (PDF).