Phi Beta Lambda chapter excels at leadership competition

Seven CSC students qualify for national the PBL conference and competition in Chicago this summer

Members of the CSC chapter of Phi Beta Lambda pose with their awards after the Phi Beta Lambda Nebraska State Leadership Conference at Kearney last weekend. —Photo Courtesy of Phi Beta Lambda

Members of the CSC chapter of Phi Beta Lambda pose with their awards after the Phi Beta Lambda Nebraska State Leadership Conference at Kearney last weekend. —Photo Courtesy of Phi Beta Lambda

The CSC chapter of Phi Beta Lambda qualified seven students for the national conference during the Phi Beta Lambda Nebraska State Leadership Conference in Kearney last weekend.

Students and faculty from Chadron State College were honored at the Phi Beta Lambda Nebraska State Leadership Conference in Kearney last weekend.

Of those honored, seven students placed high enough to qualify for the national PBL conference in June.

The students who will attend and compete at nationals include, Drew Kasch, senior of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in Job Interview and Integrated Marketing Campaign; Troy Fields, junior of Halsey, in Integrated Marketing Campaign; Jessie Krien, senior of Waverly, in Future Business Educator and Help Desk; Kaylee Gaswick, junior of Chadron, in Information Management; Stephanie Alfred, freshman of Mitchell, in Computer Concepts and Networking Concepts; Shayna Johnson, sophomore of Laurel, in Computer Concepts and Networking Concepts; and Breann Greer, sophomore of Rapid City, South Dakota, in Impromptu Speaking.

Students also came home with membership awards from the state conference.

Alfred, Leyna Brummels, freshman of Ewing; and Molly O’ Connell, sophomore of Saint Onge, South Dakota; all received “Madness Awards.” O’Connell also received a “Mania Award.”

Alfred, Brummels, and O’Connell also brought home several Career Membership Achievement Program honors.

The three were honored with Director Level awards and O’Connell added an Executive Level award to the winnings.

O’Connell was overwhelmed by the experience, saying that it was more than she was expecting.

“We have been working on preparing for this trip for three months. Just getting there was the highlight, but we had so many people perform exceedingly well. We had so many people qualify for nationals; it was overwhelming,” O’Connell said.

Jenna McBride, junior of Victorville, California, won the “Who’s Who” award that recognizes a student that has gone above and beyond in their assigned duties in the CSC PBL chapter.

The CSC chapter also brought home Club Awards. They received the “Tally It Up” award for most community service hours. The club put in over 2,000 hours this year.

CSC Business Professor Tim Donahue was honored at the conference as well.

Donahue was named Business Person of the Year for the Nebraska state chapter of PBL.

The CSC chapter was only expecting to qualify one student, and now the chapter is faced with fundraising about $3,000 in order to travel all seven qualifiers and their chapter adviser to the national competition in Chicago.

The chapter just started back up in the Spring 2014 semester after a few years hiatus.

The club has come back stronger than ever and hopes for the support of the college and community in their efforts to send the seven students to nationals.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is the national business education association that prepares students for careers in business and business education.

Its members, belonging to more than 12,000 chartered chapters, include students from the United States, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Europe. FBLA is the high school division and PBL is designed for post-secondary and college students.

For membership information about FBLA-PBL, visit the national web site at www.fbla-pbl.org.

The club plans to fundraise for their trip. To contribute the club fundraisers or donate funds to the students traveling to Chicago, contact the CSC PBL chapter adviser Chris Tingley at 308-432-6433 or ctingley@csc.edu for more information.

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