Appalachian State University - Fall 2015

The Beta Phi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) at Appalachian State University has accomplished many goals thus far this semester. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Appalachian has a state officer: McKenzie Worley. McKenzie is the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda Western Region Vice President. In that role, on September 24th, McKenzie led the Western region Kick-Off Meeting at Appalachian State's Belk Library. At this meeting, multiple schools from the Western region travelled to Boone to discuss local, state, and national goals. Students and advisors who attended were able to network with others in the process. The schools in attendance were Appalachian State University, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Gaston College, Isothermal Community College, Lenior Rhyne University, and Western Carolina University.

On October 8th, chapter members connected with the Boone community by participating in the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Adopt-a-Highway program and cleaning an adopted road. Four times a year the chapter cleans Winklers Creek Road. On the same day as the street cleanup, the chapter partnered with Tucker's Café, a local eatery, to a host a fundraiser. For the month of October, funds raised from the partnership fundraisers with Tucker's will go to assist students with paying for state and national conference expenses in order to ensure everyone can attend. In the upcoming weeks, Appalachian will be volunteering at F.A.R.M. Café, a local non-profit pay-what-you-can community kitchen. Our members will volunteer as servers, hosts, and dishwashers to ensure that the natives of Boone are able to eat, regardless of means.

Lastly for this semester, Appalachian is planning trips to the Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro, NC and the National Fall Leadership Conference in Charleston, SC. Our members are excited to further develop their leadership skills from the workshops they'll attend, network with other chapters to establish professional contacts, and become more involved with this wonderful organization. We're looking forward to the remainder of the semester and are excited to see how things go.