PBL Members Place First in Competitions at National ConferenceAugust 20, 2004
Author: Connie Nyman
Four members of the Chi Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at Southern Utah University, attended the National Leadership and Competition Conference in Denver, Colorado, this summer. SUU students Kristi Beck, Violet Dysart, Malinda Ekker and Tamara Melton attended general, region, and state sessions; leadership and personal development workshops; and competed in open and official PBL competitions.
Members had to have qualified through competitions held in their home states earlier in the year to participate in the official PBL competitive events. Kristi Beck placed first in the nation in Computer Concepts, a one-hour written test. Malinda Ekker placed second in the nation in Future Business Teacher, which included a 30-minute written exercise, a one-hour written test, and an interview.
Among the workshops which members participated, were: Igniting Your Entrepreneurial Spirit; Discover Freedom!; Career Fundamentals; When You Want What You’ve Never Had, You Must Do What You’ve Never Done; Take This Job and Love it: How to Keep Yourself Motivated Day After Day; Say What You Mean Before You Open Your Mouth; How Do You Know You’ve Arrived, if You Don’t Know Where You are Going?; Business Ethics-A World of Questions; Powerful Presentations; Successful Leadership; Self-Hypnosis for Success; Effective Communication and Leadership Styles; and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Phi Beta Lambda.
Campaigns and elections of national and regional officers for the 2004-2005 year were held during the conference. The members also participated in the Mission LIFT Activity, a Mini-Walk America for the March of Dimes. Conference attendees were able to visit several historic sites while in Denver. They also enjoyed some scenic wonders in the travel to and from Denver.
Approximately 1800 PBL members from across the nation attended the conference. Next year the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference with be held in Orlando, Florida, June 29 through July 2.