On May 9, 2014, members of Point Loma Nazarene University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program joined together for a breakfast commencement reception at the University Club in Downtown, San Diego. Students, faculty, alumni, and administration who attended witnessed the inaugural installation of a new chapter of the Delta Mu Delta (DMD) honor society to the Fermanian School of Business.
As attendees made their way to the University Club on the 34th floor atop Symphony Towers, those who had already arrived were networking with coffee mugs in hand. For many, graduation was already present, and they were moving further into the business world beyond college.
After breakfast was served, the event began with an introductory speech by President Bob Brower, congratulating the 2014 class on their achievements and hard work. His words of encouragement set a tone of both praise and propulsion.
Speakers following Brower included the new dean of the Fermanian School of Business Dan Bothe, director of the MBA program Jose Munoz, recipient of the 2014 student of the year award Douglas Nunez, 2013 student of the year Dr. Lisa Miller, associate dean of graduate business and education and first faculty adviser of the Nu Eta Chapter Dr. Jamie Ressler, and associate professor of accounting Steve Cosentino. They inspired and encouraged students to make sure to stay connected, reflect on the enjoyment and challenges of learning, and remember the faculty and staff at PLNU who care for them.
The reception reached its pinnacle with the establishment of the new chapter of the Delta Mu Delta honor society, the Nu Eta Chapter. Joel Maier, representative of the honor society’s board of directors, conducted the installation and the induction of 15 students and six honorary members. This honor and privilege of lifetime membership was given to students based on their individual success of completing at least half of their coursework with an A average and reaching a class standing within the top 15 percent of the university. Ressler explained that such an honor “must be earned by faithful, earnest toil, by serious application to studies, and by persistent application in scholastic work.”
“This was a culmination of a lot of hard work,” said recently inducted member of the Nu Eta Chapter and graduating MBA student Ryan McGuire. “I am very honored and excited for what’s to come.”
The six charter honorary members inducted were Dr. Bob Brower, Dr. Kerry Fulcher, Dan Bothe, Dr. Becky Havens, Steve Cosentino, and Dr. Lisa Miller. Delta Mu Delta chose each as a person of “professional standing and someone who will make a definite contribution to the society,” said Maier.
The purpose of Delta Mu Delta’s formation in 1913 was to “recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement by students of business administration,” said Maier. Through this installation, the honor society succeeded not only in that, but also in encouraging and honoring PLNU’s Fermanian School of Business as a whole.