On 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
Following 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
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.
Glenn 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.
IUP 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
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.
All 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
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.