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The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 46, Issue 1

Fall 2015


Lenoir-Rhyne University - Fall 2015

Phi Beta Lambda Chapter returns to Lenoir-Rhyne University

Professor Jamie Conrad and the staff of the Charles M. Snipes School of Business and Economics at Lenior-Rhyne University is proud to announce the reactivation of the Zeta Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda.  More than a dozen students have joined Conrad in her efforts to recapture the stature the organization once held.

"I find it to be a great honor to follow in Dr. Simmons' footsteps and lead the Zeta Alpha Omicron chapter of Phi Beta Lambda" said Professor Conrad when asked how she felt about reviving the chapter.

In 1976, Dr. Bob Simmons had a dream of starting his own Phi Beta Lambda Chapter at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  He established the Zeta Alpha Omicron chapter in 1976 and the chapter was active until 2007.  In its more than 30 years of existence, this chapter won enough awards to cover three walls in the Mauney-Schaeffer Building that houses the Charles M. Snipes School of Business and Economics, and it won the Gold Key Award, the highest honor in Phi Beta Lambda, for 15 consecutive years.  Lenoir-Rhyne's chapter consistently placed in the top 8 in state and national competitions.

Zeta Alpha Omicron boasted members of all races and genders, as well as special needs students.  Although business majors are the primary target for members, the former chapter included students from a variety of majors, all of whom were very integral in winning the awards that are displayed in the Mauney Building. 

These students not only banded together to win awards for themselves and the school, but to help one of their advisers in a time of need.  When Hurricane Hugo swept through the east coast of the United States, then Phi Beta Lambda Adviser Patty Wike’s farm was heavily damaged.  The students helped Wike and her husband clear the debris from their farm. 

The Zeta Alpha Omicron chapter was highly active in both the Phi Beta Lambda competition circuit and across the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Each year, the chapter would attend at least 12 events and return with plaques won by both individuals and the team.  These events have been described as "screaming frenzies" by Wike.  To raise money to travel to competitions, the chapter sold LR gear at football games for "decent prices and gained a decent profit," she added.

In 2006, Dr. Bob Simmons retired, and the organization suffered some leadership difficulties.  The decision was made to go inactive in 2007.

Plans for the revived chapter continue to move ahead.  Under the direction of Professor Conrad, the chapter has elected officers, attended the regional kick-off event at Appalachian State University, and enlisted professional members associated with the chapter. 

The 2015-16 officers are:
President: Hope Rust
First Vice-President:  William Young
Second Vice-President:  Brooke Contreras
Secretary: Jessica Rumple
Treasurer: Garrett Conley
Parliamentarian:  Timberly Wood
Reporter:  Sarah Mauney

The members of the Zeta Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda plan for the chapter to last at least another 30 years and cover three more walls with awards.


Gaston College - Fall 2015

Gaston College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the national business club, has teamed up with TRiO, our Student Services club, to collect food for the underprivileged families served by the college. To encourage a little good-natured competition we chose to do a "Stacks4Stacks" theme. The program will cross all three Gaston college campuses and the class who collects the tallest "Stack" of food will receive a pancake breakfast courtesy of the Gaston College Phi Beta Lambda chapter. We hope to collect a great deal of food to help the needy families we have right here at our college.


Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC - Fall 2015

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College PBL chapter has gotten off to the best start we have had in years.  We have 13 members and a full cadre of officers.  We also welcomed a new adviser, Jean Finley.

We assisted our SGA with the annual Fall Festival in September, where over 2,000 students gathered to check out information from the departments, organizations and clubs on campus, danced, enjoyed chair massages, as well as lunch. Four members and two advisers attended the Kick-off at Appalachian State University.  Eight members and three advisers are attending FLDC this year. In December, we will be sponsoring Head Start kids for A-B Tech's annual Children's Holiday Party again this year.

Our first fundraiser was a Monster Mash held on October 13 at the Mill Room in Asheville.  This masquerade ball was a collaborative effort with the Marketing capstone class at A-B Tech.  It was a lot of fun for members.

We just finished our first service project.  We have collected bottled water and paper goods for Columbia, SC.  This fulfills a huge need due to the recent flooding.  We collected 749 bottles of water, 11 gallon jugs of water, 1,614 eating utensils, 540 cups, 996 plates/bowls, and over 1,700 napkins.  These items were taken to the Columbus, NC fire department for distribution in Columbia.

We look forward to another exciting year connecting with fun, friendship, education, and lifelong experiences!



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.


Pfeiffer University - Fall 2015

Pfeiffer University's Phi Beta Lambda chapter hosted a campus-wide scavenger hunt on September 25, 2015. It was a very windy, rainy, and cold night but that didn't stop people from coming out to the event. The PBL Scavenger Hunt was a great success with a total of 12 people participating and competing for gift card prizes.

The theme for the event was "things found in an office." We used various office items, from a coffee mug to a stapler placed in strategic positions all around campus. The rules were simple, split up into groups of two, use the clues given to them to find the hidden office items, and then to take team "selfies" with each item. Everyone ended up having a lot of fun doing the scavenger hunt, especially with trying to figure out exactly what the clues meant. It was a great event to get our name out to everyone on campus and our membership increased as a result of some of the competitors joining our organization!


Randolph CC - Fall 2015

This year we have many exciting events planned and our membership drive during the first month was a great surprise. Daily, we continue to get inquiries on how to join and wonder if we will need a bigger meeting room.

We are under new leadership with our chapter president, Tyler Lisk, and have a renewed focus for this year’s Phi Beta Nu chapter at Randolph Community College. So far we have had two great events planned that have been rained out due to a little hurricane off our coast, but we will not let that stop us. The one event that no hurricane could prevent us from completing was our chapter being able to host the Kick-Off meeting for the Central region (see photo above). We had a great turnout and loved seeing old friends.

Currently, we are working on some more events that will take place indoors, so the weather will not be a problem. Many of the events concern connecting with businesses for networking activities, and working with our community for volunteering events. This year’s chapter goals are to do as much as possible to improve ourselves as future business leaders, while leaving a long-lasting, positive mark on our community.

As this newsletter get posted for delivery, our members are ready to take Greensboro by the horns in November and show NCPBL what RCC’s Phi Beta Nu’s are made of; so watch out North Carolina, here we come!


Central Carolina CC - Fall 2015

The fall semester has started and the CCCC chapter is ready to once again to take on new challenges. The first is recruitment and building the chapter up once again as not only one of the largest in NCPBL but in the nation as well. The chapter has already surpassed its mark from last fall and is already approaching the total from the previous year. Officers and members are working hard to recruit new members and help spread the word of the value of PBL to every student on campus.

The chapter has also already begun several fundraising and community service projects. Fundraising is a continual process that the members participate throughout the year in. These activities include running a concession stand at different venues to upcoming Christmas tree sale on campus. The chapter's mission for fundraising is to provide transportation and lodging for all chapter activities. Members working events can also earn registration fees as well per diem for national conferences.

Community Service projects have started as well. Members have already started working with the Food Bank and the CUOC to collect grapes and produce for the Farm to Table program. The chapter goes out weekly to pick produce on Tuesdays. Ground work is also being laid for partnerships with Backpack for Buddies, The Next Step, Junior Achievement, and our new Professional Development series that involves the first suit closet on campus. All participation in project allows members to earn hours for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

The Social committee has been active as well as the chapter will host a cookout for PBL members and a movie night in the quad for all CCCC members on October 23rd. In honor of the upcoming release the movie will be Star Wars (original). Movies are being planned for November and December as well on campus. A Christmas party for members and breakfast for exam week are being organized as we speak.


Miller-Motte College - Fall 2015

Miller-Motte College, Jacksonville chartered its chapter in September 2015. The chapter began with six students and has ten members to date. Five professional members have also been recruited. Miller-Motte College Jacksonville is excited to give back to the community and connect with fellow PBL members.

Back row from left to right: Jackie Tadeo, adviser; Kevin Atterberry, President; Carlos Fraticelli; Jeremiah Gettler, Vice President; James Gardner, Treasurer. Front row from left to right: Courtney Cousar; Dee Dee Reeves, Secretary; Wayne Smith; Joshua Hite; Darnell Walker; Natalie Williams, Campus Director




Stanly CC - Fall 2015

The Stanly Community College chapter has been busy since last SLC and the members are excited about the 2015-2016 year.

In May, Chapter President Chuck VanHoose was one of nine students selected to be recognized at the annual college Student Leadership Awards Program and Luncheon.  Katrina Sams was also recognized for her selection as PBL state historian for 2015-16.

Four representatives of the chapter attended the national conference in Chicago, where Chuck was a candidate for national president.  The chapter thanks all those NC PBL members who worked at the campaign booth and the chapters that brought gold-wrapped candy.

The chapter is proud of Katrina Sams for her 6th Place national award in the Retail Management event!

At graduation ceremonies, Leah Joyner received the college's top leadership award for her work with several organizations, including PBL.

Fall activities began with the selection of Katrina as chapter president.  PBL participated in the college Club Fair in September, visited classes, and sent an all-campus email blast with a copy of the membership brochure attached.

During the fall, SCC hosted a meeting of the NCPBL PD-F Board of Directors.  A newly-elected member of the Board is Rick Gardner, former chapter president who served as state president in 1984.  Rick is now director of marketing with DeHaze Corporation (Food Lion).

PD-F Member Sherri Gillespie Ellenburg conducted the officer installation and membership induction ceremonies at a dinner meeting Oct. 19. 

At the installation, SCC's Director of Public Information Michelle Pfeiffer was recognized by PBL by presenting the chapter's NCPBL PD-F Scholarship Fund donation in her honor.  Ms. Pfeiffer is very supportive of PBL activities and keeping the campus and community informed on PBL events and awards.

On Oct. 28, the chapter will do a March of Dimes booth at SCC's FallFest.

The chapter has scheduled visits to the Stanly County Small Business Center, the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, and the Albemarle Downtown Development Association on November 16 to celebrate American Enterprise Day.

Delegates are looking forward to the Charleston NFLC and especially the Greensboro FLDC.

SCC members wish everyone a good fall and a good PBL year!


Johnson & Wales University - Fall 2015

On August 23rd & September 20th, 2015, Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte PBL Chapter partnered with Special Events Club & Accounting Society in a Carolina Panther Parking event on campus. We raised nearly $5,000 to be used for promoting FBLA-PBL at our university.

We have established our Executive Board for the 2015-16 academic school year. Our goals outlined for the year is to increase membership and bring awareness to the organization. Davon Moody, Executive President; Anelle Molina, Executive Vice President of Operations; Rachit Patel, Vice President of Program; A’Miya Williams, Vice President of Finance; Kayla Conley, Vice President of Communications; Kaylin Fulp, Vice President of Events; Alexis Howell, Secretary; De’Quan Palmer, Assistant Secretary. We are extremely excited to connect with FBLA-PBL leaders across the Carolinas.


Barton College - Fall 2015

The Gamma Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) at Barton College is continuing its efforts to make a difference in the Wilson community, provide leadership development, enhance its visibility, increase membership, and raise funds for its projects. 

Chapter members judged and gave workshops at two Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) regional meetings. Chapter members pre-judged FBLA school-site tests. Our two advisers judged performances at the NC FBLA State Leadership Conference.

Members enjoyed success at the NCPBL State Leadership Conference in April. We are proud that Jamie Barton was again elected as NCPBL Eastern Region Vice President. Two members and two advisers/Professional Division members traveled to Chicago, IL, for the PBL National Leadership Conference experiencing a l-o-n-g charter bus ride with their friends from Central Carolina Community College and enjoyed the sights of the Windy City. 

As a member of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Gamma Gamma chapter volunteered for the Wilson Business Expo. The chapter displayed its trophies at the annual Club Fair and at the Majors Fair. All activities presented an unique opportunity to recruit our new and returning students.  The chapter has also exhibited at sessions of Barton’s Freshman Orientation—advertising our organization to prospective students.

The chapter will participate again this year in the Barton College Day of Service on October 21.  All day classes are cancelled!! 

During the semester, we will partner with the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Wilson County Department of Social Services, and the Wil-Med Foundation assisting in their community service activities.  The chapter will also continue its Home Delivered Meals community service project—volunteering each Thursday to deliver meals in the community.

The chapter has a special Free Enterprise Day activity and March of Dimes project planned, as well as several fundraisers.

Our chapter continues to Connect the talents of both traditional and Accelerated Profession Program students through joint projects.


Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Fall 2015

Our chapter at Rowan-Cabarrus has been working diligently since the start of the school year. We have had a two successful meetings and the chapter keeps growing with each meeting. In the spring of 2015, our 2015-2016 officers were elected to lead this chapter to great success. We have already set dates for all of our meetings for the school year.

We have a lot of amazing events planned within our community for the coming year. We are taking donations for the local pregnancy resource center and the family crisis center. We are also planning to host a gospel concert in the early spring of next year. SGA has kept us busy with events on campus including, College Night Out in downtown Salisbury, a K-9 Demonstration, and in the near future a Veteran's Day Celebration as well as a few others.

We have a lot of work ahead of us, but with this team we know that we will be able to accomplish anything. We are very excited to see what the year as in store for the Rowan-Cabarrus Phi Beta Lambda Chapter.


Southeastern CC - Fall 2015

We are looking forward to a great year for Phi Beta Lambda at Southeastern Community College! We have so many great things to look forward to. This year, Southeastern Community College started off the year by hosting its first ever Phi Beta Lambda Kickoffs on campus. We had a great turnout and our school President was able to meet with the PBL Eastern Region and see what PBL was about. This was a great opportunity for Southeastern Community College and we are honored for the experience and very happy to say that it was a success and a great way to kick off the year. We have had two chapter meetings already and have several more already scheduled. We have met with other clubs and discussed fundraising activities and also recruiting ideas to get new members to join Phi Beta Lambda. SCC PBL is assisting the on-campus Student Government Association with various tasks and we have sent a representative to each of their meetings. Officers have been elected for the 2015-2016 school year. Also, SCC PBL is signed up for the Fall Leadership Development Conference. Members are working on a pin design and a board for FLDC. We have several events scheduled including March of Dimes, Relay for Life, a food drive, Halloween at our local rest home, and much more. We look forward to a very productive year and cannot wait to see our fellow PBL'ers at the Fall Leadership Development Conference!

Below are a few pictures from our Eastern Region Meeting!!



Durham Technical CC - Fall 2015

Durham Tech PBL was busy last year.  In December we served as judges for the Triad Regional FBLA conference at Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC.  It is always fun to be on the other side of the competitions. We also participated at Durham's Museum of Life and Sciences' Santa Train and got to be elves helping with loading the train to go to the North Pole, serving hot chocolate, playing in the "snow" and assisting with the ice skating rink.  We were proud to win two campus-wide food drives by collecting more food than any other club at Durham Tech. This food went to the Durham Tech Food Bank which supplies food to students and staff.   We were honored to win one of two Durham Tech Service Awards for the most volunteer hours performed during last school year. We enjoyed SLC and took 7 students and 2 advisers to NLC.  We are looking forward to "connect"ing more this year with our college, NCPBL and National PBL!


University of Mount Olive - Fall 2015

The University of Mount Olive's Zeta Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Lambda has had a busy beginning to the new school year. We elected new officers for the 2015-2016 school year and are ready to get down to business. We held a recruitment booth at our campus student involvement fair and had a good turnout of new, interested members at our first chapter meeting. Several players on the men's volleyball team and other athletes were present and showed a lot of interest at the meeting. We are also working on recruiting members from our satellite campuses to join our chapter. We had students attend the annual NC PBL Kick Off at Southeastern Community College, which provided us a lot of useful information on the events that are taking place this year. We are working on setting up community service projects as well as fundraisers to attend FLDC in Greensboro. We are eager and ready to see what great opportunities await us with Phi Beta Lambda this year.


North Carolina Central University - Fall 2015

Women in Power
By Rodney Johnson

Miller-Motte College, Jacksonville chartered its chapter in September 2015. The chapter began with six students and has ten members to date. Five professional members have also been recruited. Miller-Motte College Jacksonville is excited to give back to the community and connect with fellow PBL members.

Ms. Kourtney Daniel-Robinson, a Fall 2013 member of the Iota Tau Chapter currently reigns as Ms. North Carolina Central University.  She serves as the leader and face of the entire university, where she has implemented a campaign titled CLUTCH, inspired by her own entrepreneurial handbag venture. The purpose of the CLUTCH campaign is to build the future through Connecting Leaders with Unity, Truth, Community Service, and Humility. Since her reign began, Ms. Daniel-Robinson has hosted several opportunities to mold current students into proper leaders. "Being apart of Phi Beta Lambda has prepared me to step out of my comfort zone by representing such an amazing university. Being a woman in power has taught me that you have to do something different everyday that scares you. That moment is where the growth happens. You become stronger and wiser." said the Campus Queen.

Ms. Keyona Presha, a Fall 2013 member of the Iota Tau Chapter, currently serves as the Senior Class President in the Student Government Association at North Carolina Central University. Her campaign "Key to Success", stole the show during the spring student government elections, where she pushed her passion to ensure her fellow graduating peers, had all of the resources needed to be prepared post graduation. In addition, she continues to foster their development and growth in the university, with consistent support and efforts for entering into the competitive job market.

Ms. Attiyya Newman, a Spring 2015 member of the Iota Tau Chapter, currently reigns as the Ms. School of Business at the C.T. Willis School of Business at North Carolina Central University. She works closely with faculty and staff in order to communicate student concerns in an attempt to create an environment for opportunity. Her campaign titled, REBRAND, is an effort to change the course of how students in the School of Business are looked upon and prepared in comparison to their Business counter parts at Duke Fuquay Varina and Kenan Flager School of Business at UNC Chapel Hill. Her efforts have involved fostering her peers and other organizations, with a focus on the early development of underclassmen students. Ms. Newman stated, "Phi Beta Lambda represents my values and fostered my confidence when I ran for my position. I had the support I needed from my fellow members on campus and professional division members. This allowed me to standout and become the candidate of choice."