Eberly Hosts Future Business Leaders of America Region 3 Conference

Posted on 1/13/2016 4:18:48 PM

FBLA 2015 Image 1On December 14, 2015, 300 local Future Business Leaders of America students, advisors, and guests gathered at the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology (ECOBIT) for the Region Leadership Competition.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest career organization in the world with over 250,000 members worldwide. Each year, students participate in over 50 business-related competitive events at the regional, state, and national level. Local students from Blairsville, Homer-Center, Indiana, Marion Center, Purchase Line, Penns Manor, and United first arrived at Eberly early Monday morning and were welcomed by Dean Camp of ECOBIT.

FBLA 2015 Image 2Following the welcome session, students competing in public speaking events were directed to their presentation rooms. Eberly faculty and staff were extremely supportive of the event. Parimal Bhagat, Marketing faculty; Lisa Boyer, Academic Recovery assistant; Eric Du, assistant director of the Chinese Student Program; and Raj Murthy, assistant director of Information Technology served as judges for several of the public speaking events.

Prior to the conference, a majority of the students participated in online testing in various other event topics. While the students in public speaking events were performing, the students who had already tested in their competitive events were offered an array of workshops to attend in Eberly. Four out of the five workshops were presented by IUP faculty, staff, and students.

Lance Marshall, assistant director of Admissions, along with Kara Romance, assistant dean for Undergraduate Student Services, presented a workshop titled “Which way do I go? Oh yeah, and how do I get there?” The workshop included a discussion about post-secondary options and how to navigate through the college search.

FBLA 2015 Image 3Glenn Sudol, IUP ROTC recruiting operations officer, offered a session focused on using scientifically proven methods to make better, faster decisions that will benefit individuals and teams. His workshop was titled “Leadership Development Using Military Secrets.”

The third workshop provided by IUP staff was titled “LinkedIn: More Than a Profile.” This workshop was presented by Zach Saeva, assistant director of the IUP Career and Professional Development Center. Saeva taught the students how to use LinkedIn more professionally and efficiently and also find out what employers are looking for on profiles.

FBLA 2015 Image 4IUP Ambassadors Katie Fox and Matt O’ Hara presented a fourth workshop titled “Making Your College Experience Worth It.” Fox and O’ Hara spoke to the students about how to receive the most from your time in college, how to stay organized, and tips for professional social networking.

A fifth workshop was presented by S&T Bank, which taught the students how to make smart financial decisions with money now and in the future.

FBLA 2015 Image 5All of the workshops received excellent reviews.

A lunch for the students, advisors, and guests was held in the KCAC, where a basket auction was held to raise money for the students’ Pennsylvania FBLA state project, the Ronald McDonald House.

Following lunch, the students anxiously waited in the Eberly Auditorium for the awards ceremony where they would find out if they would be advancing on to the state competition in Hershey in April. The students who came in first, second, and third place received medals funded by Eberly and designed by Crooked Creek Creations in Indiana, Pa.

Overall, the conference proved to be a huge success and served as a beneficial way to showcase IUP and the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology to local students.