The D'Amore-McKim School of Business recently inducted 147 graduate students into Beta Gamma Sigma, an esteemed honor society reserved for the top 20 percent of a graduating business master's class.

Kate Klepper, associate dean of graduate programs, opened the program noting the prestigious nature of the society. “There is no higher honor for students of business and management than to graduate Beta Gamma Sigma,” she said.

Two noteworthy awards were presented:

For the second year in a row, graduating seniors selected Executive Professor Steven Kursh to be the recipient of the D'Amore-McKim Best Teacher Award. The accolade was established in 1992 by a group of students who wanted to create a way to acknowledge the teachers who had the most significant impact on their experience.

Kursh graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College prior to earning his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. He has earned and continues to be re-certified in both the IEEE CSDP and the CSP designations. Kursh was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2005. He is co-director of the High Technology MBA and MS in Innovation Programs at D'Amore-McKim.

Although unable to attend, Kursh sent a message of gratitude to the students. “(This award) is very special to me and I will always treasure it. There is no greater calling than to be a teacher and seeing you succeed is the greatest possible reward for me.”

Beth Hess, director of the Graduate School of Professional Accounting, presented the Finucane Award named in honor of Dan Finucane, a graduate business student who lost his life in a tragic accident. The graduate business class of 1987 created a scholarship in memory of their classmate. The award is given to a student who most embodies Finucane's spirit: a combination of scholarship, leadership, and friendship. This year's recipient was Brendan Quinn, MSA/MBA'16.