On Sunday, June 5, The International College of the Cayman Islands inducted 15 students into its Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chapter at a ceremony at the George Town Yacht Club. Sigma Beta Delta is the first academic honor society for ICCI and believed to be the first internationally recognized academic honor society established in the Cayman Islands.
“This is another big win for ICCI students and tertiary education in Cayman,” said ICCI President Dr. David Marshall. “Student membership in Sigma Beta Delta is additional evidence that our students are coming out of our programs prepared for the workforce and are competitive on the global stage,” said Marshall.
Sigma Beta Delta was founded in 1994 to encourage and recognize scholarship and accomplishment among students of accounting, business administration and management. It also serves to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Students must be in the top 20% of their academic program, be of good moral character and be invited to membership by the faculty.
“It is exciting to be recognized for your hard work and academic achievements,” said ICCI Master of Science in Human Resources student Ava Fearon. “I’m very proud of myself, my fellow students, and my college” said Fearon.
The ceremony included an address by special guest speaker Dr. Randy McLeod who is the Vice President and a Board Member for Sigma Beta Delta. He is also a professor of Business at Harding University.
“When employers come to colleges and universities looking for talent, they don’t say give me your average student. They always ask for the best students. You are the best students at The International College, and you are joining an organization with some of the best business students in the world,” said McLeod.”
McLeod presented the official charter from the Sigma Beta Delta U.S. national office formally approving ICCI’s chapter. McLeod also presented each student with their certificates, pins, and honor chords, all symbols of membership in Sigma Beta Delta.
As a leading honor society for business, Sigma Beta Delta has over 420 chapters internationally. It inducts about 5,000 new members a year and has over 85,000 members in total.
“As a student you want to be part of something to help give you a bright future and make you stand out from the crowd,” said ICCI accounting student Derick Johnson. “I’m happy to be selected for membership. “With my great grades, internship experience, and now Sigma Beta Delta, I am definitely building a top notch resume,” said Johnson.
The student inductees include: Felicia Bodden, Cynthia Campbell, Shenek Conolly, Ava Fearon, Kimari Fletcher-Barrett, Paula Ford, George Gorham, Derick Johnson, Melody Martin, Patriann Monteith, Desiree Myles, Naresa Robinson, Cashema Rankine, Diana Virtue and Jeoffery Walton
The new faculty chapter officers are: Lance Barnes, Melisa Hamilton, Dr. Alicia Law, Wayne McManus.
ICCI Founder and President Emerita Dr. Elsa M. Cummings and ICCI Board Chair Mike Mannisto were inducted as honorary members.