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Phi Beta Lambda Wins Big at Annual Leadership Conference

PBL Award winnersThe Eberly chapter of Phi Beta Lambda business fraternity won 15 awards at the 2014 State Leadership Conference at the Wyndham Gettysburg on April 11–13, making it one of the top award-receiving schools in the state.

The conference is meant to wrap the year up by holding statewide officer elections and holding workshops on various business issues and topics.

After arriving in Gettysburg, PBL members registered and attended a welcome meeting, and an ice cream social followed.

Saturday morning, students participated in one of more than 40 competitions that are offered through the national PBL fraternity. Many of the tests can be taken online before the conference, but those that included a performance aspect were judged at the conference.

Eberly PBL students competed against students from prestigious universities like the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University, and Drexel University.  

Ali Tappe said she was proud to be representing IUP at the conference.

“I feel that sometimes people do not give IUP the credit that we truly deserve, especially after the St. Patty’s Day issue,” Tappe said. “After winning many awards, I feel that we are able to bring some pride back to our campus.”

Those who were not competing attended workshops and general sessions where students could listen to guest speakers. Students got to choose among three sessions for three different hours.

After lunch, the awards ceremony was held to recognize the winners of the competitions where Eberly PBL won 15 awards.

The entire chapter won the Ronald McDonald House Pennsylvania State Award for 2013–2014 for bringing 84 pounds of soda pop tabs to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House. 

Mason Varner won for Business Sustainability, Jeff Smith won for Job Interviewing, Brad Taylor won for Management Concepts, Thomas Obriot won for Networking Concepts, Josh Restauri won for Person Finance, and Ali Tappe won for Small Business Management Plan. 

Some students won more than one award at the conference as well.

Ashley Timon won for Business Law and Small Business Management Plan, Nathan Rodkey won for Computer Concepts and Future Business Educator, Travis Meyer won for Business Sustainability and Strategic Analysis and Decision Making, and Jenn Johnson won for Who’s Who and Marketing Analysis and Decision Making.

Rodkey said the conference was a great experience, and he was glad that their chapter’s presence was known.

“By the end of the ceremony, my throat was aching from cheering on my fellow IUP PBL members as they accepted their awards,” Rodkey said. “We all worked hard and helped each other out, and as a result, we brought home plenty of awards to showcase.”

Those who placed top two in each event got to continue on to compete at the National Leadership Conference, which will be held in June in Nashville, Tenn.

After the award ceremony, state officer elections were held, where Jenn Johnson was voted in as the new State Phi Beta Lambda vice president. 

Johnson said that being elected was a real honor.

“I loved working with the State Executive Council this past year as their secretary, and am so glad I will be able to continue my work,” Johnson said. “The SEC and Phi Beta Lambda do great work for professional development, leadership, education, and community service.”

Phi Beta Lambda is a college-level business organization open to all majors that brings business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

—Aleda Johnson

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