Appalachian State University - Spring 2016

The Beta Phi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at Appalachian State University is off to a strong start in 2016! So far this year, we have dedicated time to recruiting new members via various club fairs on campus. These efforts resulted in an increase in membership from Fall semester. In February, new members were inducted, welcomed to the organization, and presented with a chapter T-shirt designed by our officers and sponsored by The Cottages of Boone. This semester, in addition to recruitment activities, we participated in National FBLA-PBL Week and National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.

This February, Appalachian members participated in several FBLA-PBL Week activity days including Each One Reach One, Professional Attire, Adviser Appreciation, Career Awareness, and FBLA-PBL Spirit. Two highlights of week were Adviser Appreciation Day and Career Awareness Day. We showed Dr. Finnell how much we appreciated her by taking her to dinner and showering her with a few of her favorite things. For Career Awareness Day, we hosted representatives from Aerotek (staffing firm) and GEICO (insurance company). They spoke to members about building your brand, interviewing, career opportunities available within their companies, and their experiences working for the companies.

To promote Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, Appalachian members participated in the Western Region North Carolina Technology Student Association Conference held February 26 at Appalachian State University. Members judged business-related projects and scored other prejudged projects. Several of Appalachian’s members will continue to serve and promote CTE and FBLA-PBL by assisting with the North Carolina FBLA State Leadership Conference in Greensboro later in March. At this conference, members will act as administrators for the competitive events portion of the conference. This is an event that Appalachian participates in annually.

In an effort to finish the semester strong, we have plans to raise funds for the March of Dimes and conduct at least two Adopt-a-Highway cleanups. We also plan to participate in the North Carolina PBL State Leadership Conference in Charlotte in April. Appalachian State University is very excited to continue connecting with others throughout the state in hopes of gaining a spot at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta this summer!