Durham Technical CC - Fall 2016

The Delta Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda continues our tradition of service and activities. We have been very productive since our last report this past spring. We had six members attend the State Leadership Conference in April where all 6 members placed high enough to qualify for NLC, our chapter was recognized for completing TLLA. Betina Van Denend and Christopher McDuff were recognized for completing both the Director and Executive levels of CMAP, as well as being honored for participation in membership madness. Christopher McDuff also ran for State President as well.

Betina Van Denend, our chapter's vice president at the time, was recognized for outstanding student leadership at Durham Tech’s annual Student Senate award ceremony in April. We continued our strong commitment to community service by volunteering throughout the Triangle to include one organization who truly loves having us, Urban Ministries of Durham. Our club finished the 2015-2016 year with one of the highest record totals of volunteer hours by any club at Durham Tech. Our Chapter capped off our school year with an outing to a Durham Bulls game, which is one of our annual fund raising partners.

This summer five members traveled with two advisors to Atlanta, GA to attend our National Leadership Conference. Our members enjoyed the variety of educational and cultural attractions that Atlanta had to offer. During the conference Emilia Arrington took home 1st place in Sales Presentation and Christopher McDuff, Eric Eales and Tyler Kempton took home 2nd place in Networking Design and. Overall, our club benefited from the plethroa of workshops and came home with experiences that will last them a life time.

We started our Fall semester by participating in Durham Tech's Welcomemania, where clubs and organizations have the opportunity to discuss what they have to offer students and attract new members. We also attended the Fall Kick Off at Central Carolina Community College. We took four officers and one advisor, and engaged in various discussions about upcoming events and conferences as well as ways to improve our chapters and activities we could hold in collaboration with chapters in our area. 

 We kicked off our volunteer initiative for the year by volunteering at Urban Ministries on October 8th. Members and advisors helped sort clothes in the Urban Ministries clothes closet. We planning to visit at least one Saturday a month to continue to help Urban Ministries so they can better serve the community. We also have planned activities lined up for the Museum of Life and Science which we will help them with their annual Pumpkin Patch and Santa Train events, as well as work in FBLA and other organizations in our local community.