Beta Gamma Sigma honor society recognizes 20 students, businessman Tom Henning

KEARNEY – The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s College of Business and Technology inducted 20 students and two faculty members into Beta Gamma Sigma.

Kearney businessman Tom Henning was also recognized as an honorary member.

Founded in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for business programs accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accredits just 5% of schools worldwide.

Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes academic excellence in business studies and is the highest recognition a student can receive in a program accredited by AACSB International.

The UNK chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma was established in 2006. Beta Gamma Sigma members represent the top 10% of juniors and seniors and top 20% of graduate students in AACSB-accredited business schools.

UNK inductees, listed by hometown, are:

Undergraduate students
Cairo – Wyatt Gleason
Columbus – Braden Przymus
Henderson – Leslie Braun
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – GiaTuan Hoang
Kearney – Faith Kowalski, Jennifer Beans, Patricia Schmidt, Taylor Hove
Kenesaw – Max Beal
Loup City – Heather Harrison
McCool Junction – Evan Petersen
Minden – Paige Kristensen
Omaha – Cameron Isenberger

Graduate students
Aurora – Kristen Bell
Bertrand – Mandy Sand
Kearney – Brianna Miller
Pierce – Rachel McGill
Seward – Kelsey Sloup
Shelton – Dylan Plihal
Waco – Courtney Dreifurst

Daniel Chaffin, assistant professor, Department of Management
Brooke Envick, associate professor, Department of Management

Honorary member
Tom Henning is president and CEO of Cash-Wa Distributing, a Kearney-based business his family has owned since 1957.

Tom Henning
Tom Henning

Among the largest broadline foodservice distributors in the U.S., Cash-Wa operates three distribution centers, several sales offices and a modern fleet of semitrailers. The business serves 11 states across the Great Plains and employs hundreds of people.

A University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate, Henning has been active in civic causes in Kearney and across the state for decades. He is a member of the UNK Alumni Association, Loper Athletic Club and UNK Chancellor’s Circle. He is a past member of the University of Nebraska Foundation Board of Directors and he served on the UNK committee for Campaign for Nebraska, the foundation’s most recent comprehensive fundraising campaign.

As a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for UNK’s College of Business and Technology, Henning played a role in helping develop the college’s supply chain management emphasis – a program with a 100% job placement rate. Henning received the Ron and Carol Cope Cornerstone of Excellence Award from UNK in 2012 and was recently recognized with the Presidential Medal of Service, the highest honor the NU president can bestow upon a community member.