Stanly Community College Takes Top Honors at PBL State Leadership Conference – The Stanly News & Press
The Stanly Community College (SCC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Chapter recently returned from its state leadership conference and competitive events with a “Gold Seal Chapter” designation, the annual business report of the local chapter winner and many other awards, including the state professional division. -Chapter of the year of the Foundation.
Gathered at Charlotte University Place Hilton, the conference was held in person after two years of virtual conferences due to COVID-19 restrictions. All eight CSC student delegates received recognition, led by first-place awards in five individual events.
Members are allowed to participate in two events, and SCC’s Nicole story received the highest ranking in the Sales Presentation and Future Business Leader contests.
Matthew Kelly placed first in the Cybersecurity event, Chloee Thomas won Global Analytics and Decision Making and Taylor Bolton in Insurance Concepts.
In other events, Matthew Kelly and Darrell Roberts placed second and fifth in Networking Concepts; Toby Neal ranked third in Retail Management and Interviewing, Madison Davis ranked fourth in Personal Finance, and Vyktoria Iverson ranked seventh in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.
Allison Smith, an SCC graduate and currently a senior at Pfeiffer University, won first place in the Accounting for Professionals and Cost Accounting events.
Other first place prizes were awarded to students from Chowan University, Campbell University, Gardner-Webb University, Wake Technical Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, University from North Carolina Chapel Hill, Barton College, Catawba College and Central Piedmont Community College.
Kathy Almond, a CSC graduate, received the NCPBL Professional Division-Foundation, Inc., Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to PBL locally and nationally.
In the officers’ election, Ivan Huffman, a senior from Western Carolina University, was elected state president, and SCC’s Toby Neal was elected vice president of communications. Other state officers come from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Gardner-Webb University and Montreat College.
Special guests at the conference included Madison Kramer, a national official from the University of Northern Iowa, and Alex Graham, the CEO of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., of Washington, DC.
Throughout the weekend, delegates participated in a series of nine Leadership Development Program sessions on business, leadership and career readiness.
Session presenters included Reece Linnell, Director of the SCC Small Business Center (talking about entrepreneurship), Alaina Finney, Agribusiness Studies Program Manager (talking about the economics of agribusiness in the state ) and Charlotte Maness, human resources consultant (talking about the characteristics of new employees who contribute towards promotions).
Chapter advisors Katrina Sams and Dan Hazlett were present with the students.
Story, Thomas and Neal have been chosen to be delegates to the organization’s 2022 National Leadership Conference in Chicago.
“Stanly Community College is extremely proud of the PBL chapter and these students in particular,” said Dr. John Enamait, president of the college. “Recognition reflects students’ abilities, the quality of education they receive, and our commitment to leadership development through our student organizations. Along with the directors and staff, I congratulate them all and offer our best wishes to the delegates at the national event.
Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America. Due to the emphasis on leadership and career preparation, membership is open to all college students.
“Recognition of PBL students adds to the year-long celebration of CSC’s 50th anniversary,” said Hazlett. “The PBL Chapter was established in 1974, the first student organization on campus under the Student Government Association. That first year, Lydia Almond Morris won first place in the state typing event and participated in the national conference in Miami Beach. SCC has had state winners in national competition for all but two of its 48 years and is now recognized as one of the strongest chapters in the nation. Ms. Sams and I acknowledge the continued support of the college administration and staff to student organizations on campus. These groups not only bring recognition to the college, but also provide invaluable opportunities that help make our students good employees and community leaders.