Mid-Continent University Winter 2012 Sigma Beta Delta Inductees

On Saturday, December 1st at 9:00 AM, several undergraduate and graduate students from Mid-Continent University’s Advantage were inducted as members of Sigma Beta Delta. Sigma Beta Delta was established to recognize students who have attained superior academic scholarship in business programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation.

Professor William C. Ward, President of Mid-Continent’s Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, said, “Mid-Continent University was honored to accept into membership to Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration, those students who accepted the offer. The local chapter accepts the top ten percent of business students who have excelled academically. These students are to be commended for their educational achievements. They are a credit to this institution, their family, and themselves. Congratulations.”

SIGMA BETA DELTA – Local Chapter – Mid-Continent University Winter 2012 Inductees

Jason Tyler Hicks – Boaz, KY
Alice Elaine Smith – Bowling Green, KY
Julie L. Castleberry – Benton, KY
Stephanie A. Danielson – Calvert City, KY
Mark E. Staton – Galconda, IL
Duane Michelle Freudenthal – Hendersonville, TN
Dee Anna M. Johnson-Owen – LaCenter, KY
Blake Burroughs – Marion, IL
Carilla E. Taylor – Melber, KY
Dawn Romayne Espinosa – Murray, KY
Cynthia F. Rodgers – Paducah, KY
Thomas W. Bottoms – Paducah, KY
Michelle L. Becker – Salem, IL
Ryan Keith Martin – Somerset, KY

The following Mid-Continent University Faculty were also inducted:

Dr. Phillip Yang – Allentown, PA
Dr. Evie Chenhall – Bowling Green, KY
Dr. Sila Tuju – Bowling Green, KY
Dr. William Quisenberry – Lexington, KY
Dr. Randy Nichols – Louisville, KY
Dr. Paul Melvin – Marion, IL
Col. Andrew Stratton – Mayfield, KY
Prof. Kelli Heinz – Murray, KY
Dr. Edward Hogg – Newburgh, IN
Prof. Jason Willoughby – Paducah, KY


The business department of Mid-Continent petitioned for organization of a local Sigma Beta Delta chapter in October 2005. The first induction ceremony was November 11, 2006. The university extends the invitation for membership to students ranked in the top 10% based on GPA. Another aspect of Sigma Beta Delta is to encourage and promote aspirations toward personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. This philosophy coincides with the mission of Mid-Continent University to equip students for Christian leadership and service in a diverse society.

Candidates who are members of the Sigma Beta Delta Honors Society are recognized by the green and gold cords. Seven founding chapters were established early in 1994. By the end of the chartering period, June 30, 1995, an additional 54 charter chapters had been installed for a total of 61 founding and charter chapters. Today, over 340 chapters have been established in 47 states. Three international chapters have been established: American University of Kuwait, Kazakh-American Free University and United Arab Emirates, which was the first international chapter. 

Mid-Continent offers the traditional college experience on the main campus. MCU also offers the accelerated ADVANTAGE Programs which provide accredited degrees in 28 towns throughout Kentucky and southern Illinois. The unique cohort format allows adults to fit a college education into their busy lives. Face-to-face classes are offered one night a week, with one class at a time. ADVANTAGE caters to adults by removing educational barriers by bringing everything to students including classes, registration, advising, book delivery and financial aid assistance. MCU also offers an ONLINE option where students can earn a degree without ever leaving the comfort of their own homes.

Mid-Continent University is a private, non-profit, Southern Baptist affiliated organization. MCU is regionally accredited and headquartered in Mayfield, Kentucky. If you are interested in information about enrolling in Advantage, email advantage@midcontinent.edu, visit www.midcontinent.edu or call 1-888-MCU-GRAD.