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The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 48, Issue 1

Fall 2017


Barton College - Fall 2017

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 one Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) regional meeting. Chapter members pre-judged FBLA school-site tests. Jamie Barton and our two advisers judged performances at the 2017 NC FBLA State Leadership Conference.


Members enjoyed success at the NCPBL State Leadership Conference in April. We are proud that Luke Miller was elected as NCPBL Secretary and Luis Reyes was elected as NCPBL Eastern Region Vice President. Five members and two advisers/Professional Division members traveled to Anaheim, CA, for the PBL National Leadership Conference.  


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 participatd again this year in the10th Barton College Day of Service on October 18.  All day classes are cancelled!! We will bag white rice, brown rice, and beans and assist in distributing canned items to those in need.


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


Our chapter continues to Elevate Our Future for both traditional, Accelerated Profession Program, and the MBA in Strategic Leadership students through joint projects.



Durham Technical CC - Fall 2017

The Delta Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda remains an active participant on campus, in our community, and in the lives of our members.  As supporters of March of Dimes, members participated in fundraising for research and outreach, and in the March for Babies walk in RTP.   


Demonstrating our Legacy of Leadership, the 6 members who attended the NC State Leadership Conference placed within the top 5 in IT, Management, and Marketing competitions for a total of 17 awards, as well as receiving the Leadership Development Award. 


 Emilia Arrington and Kim Green were recognized for receiving Director Level of CMAP; Christopher McDuff and Betina Huntwork were 2 of the only 11 students in the nation who achieved President Level of CMAP. 


 Our chapter was awarded The Legacy Leadership Award, received recognition as a Gold Star chapter and designer of the NC PBL state pin, for increasing chapter membership, and for affiliation with recruitment of Professional Division members.    


At Durham Tech's annual Student Senate Leadership Award Ceremony Christopher McDuff was recognized for outstanding student leadership, Kim Green was recognized for second most community service volunteer hours, and our chapter was recognized for most community service hours.  Our chapter ended the school year with a Durham Tech outing to a Durham Bulls baseball game, one of our fundraising partners.  


Emilia Arrington, Eric Eales, Betina Huntwork, Christopher Kenestrick, and Christopher McDuff continued on to compete in the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California; all of them placing within the top 10 of national competitors.  Durham Tech's chapter received Diamond Chapter distinction, one of only 22 schools in the nation to receive this, for participating in activities to increase recruitment, retention, and member involvement.  We received a letter from the office of the NC Governor congratulating us on our hard work and the honors we brought home from the National Leadership Conference.


Our chapter began the academic year with Durham Tech's annual Welcomemania, where student organizations showcase themselves to attract new members.  We attended the NC PBL Fall Kick-Off at Central Carolina Community College.  Our chapter collected the most food for Durham Tech's Fall Fest Food Drive, and participated in other activities for student social interaction and attraction to student organizations.  We remain a community service partner with the NC Museum of Life and Science, where we assist with their annual Pumpkin Patch and Santa Train, and participated again in the Belk Annual Charity Day Sale.  


As we elevate our future, our chapter won second place for our Mardi Gras  themed table decorations at the NC PBL Fall Leadership Development Conference social, again won the Design a Pin contest, placed second for our recruitment display, and we received Gold Star Chapter status.  Chapter President Emilia Arrington was one of three NC PBL Professional Division Foundation Scholarship recipients.   Our team of Christopher McDuff, Christopher Kenestrick and Joseph Blanchet won first place in the Non Trivia Contest.  Christopher McDuff, as part of the Southern Region Action Council, will work with local and state chapters throughout the Southern Region to engage officers, leading to membership growth and program enhancement. 


We provided information about prematurity and March of Dimes at Durham Tech's Student Wellness Fair for Prematurity Awareness Month.  We will be providing information to students for American Enterprise Day activities.  


We look forward to participation in Durham Tech's Peanut Butter Jelly Time Club Challenge for Meals on Wheels, PBL's Put Hunger Out of Business, and the National Day of Service which will be hosted by Durham Tech in January, 2018.  



Pfeiffer University - Fall 2017

Pfeiffer's PBL chapter conducted a car wash fundraiser on Saturday, October 14th in Richfield, NC. The car wash was hosted by First Bank, who contributed both their site with water, but also with administrative support for our local chapter. The day saw 21 members volunteer between two and six hours at the event, while raising around $1,000 for the chapter. These funds will help the chapter with costs involved at both SLC and NLC in the Spring. The car wash not only helped raise funds, but also allowed members to serve together and bond as a team.


Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC - Fall 2017

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is jumping into high gear this fall to lay the groundwork for a great year! We have elected a wonderful group of officers that are ready to work together to Elevate Our Future by making a difference on our campus and in our community. We have developed a diverse program of work to guide us through our activities.


We have had several opportunities to recruit new members during campus events this semester and have welcomed several new members to our chapter. We are about to start a collection drive for baby wipes and hand sanitizer to benefit Steadfast House, a local organization that provides stability to homeless women and moms with children. We have continued our campus clothing closet, The Locker, that provides professional clothing for students and members of the Asheville community. We are also in the planning phase of a few other exciting community service projects.


We completed a fundraising event that offered a fun and exciting time for members, students, and faculty on our campus. It was a Gran Turismo Driving Simulator where participants made a small donation to race others for a chance to win a cash prize for the top winner. Participants able to race their way to the top, have fun, and meet new people. This event provided great exposure for PBL on our campus. We are hoping to offer this event again in the future.


Stanly CC - Fall 2017

The Stanly Community College PBL chapter has had an active fall, highlighted by hosting one of the NCPBL "Kick-Offs" in September.  The Kick-Off was the first group outside the college to meet in the newly-renovated Board Room, and we served refreshments in the new Student Leadership Center that houses the Student Government Association and Phi Beta Lambda offices.


The 2017 SLC was an exciting one for Stanly CC, especially having Katrina Sams elected as state president.  Katrina graduated in May and is now a student at Western Carolina University.  At the SCC Honors Ceremony, she received a special college medallion in recognition of her election.  Amy Ray and Dony Santos were among the nine students who received Student Leadership Awards.


Following SLC, plans were made for the national conference in Anaheim.  We had four delegates attend and were proud to be one of the chapters to receive the Diamond Chapter award as part of the PBL 75th Anniversary celebration.  We're also proud of Adviser Dana Chaney for winning First Place in the Professional Division Agri-business event.




This fall, Britney Pouch was elected as chapter president.  Britney and the other officers met at Pizza Hut and then held a planning meeting in the new Student Leadership Center - the first student organization on campus to meet there!   Plans were made for participating in the campus FallFest, "Pirates of SCC!" 


Twelve delegates attended FLDC and had a good time at the Mardi Gras social as well as the other activities.  We were excited to have our picture made with both Kimberly Clark, the national president, and Ms. Brown, who presented the Gold Star awards.


On American Enterprise Day, the chapter visited the Stanly County Small Business Center, the Downtown Development Corporation, and the Chamber of Commerce.  The directors talked about the work their organizations do to assist and promote local business.


 Stanly Community College is glad to be a part of NCPBL and wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, a good Christmas, and wonderful semester break.  See you at SLC!


Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Fall 2017

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College chapter of PBL is working on wonderful things around campus and throughout the community. With the Put Hunger Out of Business food drive postponed, we decided to work on a new holiday project that would benefit students across our campus. Our community service committee had the idea of creating a stand that would be in the shape of a tree that we could fill with poinsettias. The tree would serve as a memorial for students and faculty who are grieving lost loved ones. Accompanying the tree will be a table set up with literature on dealing with grief throughout the holidays. The table will be manned by PBL members that can help students understand resources provided on campus. PBL will also be offering students the opportunity to put stickers on the Poinsettia pots with the name of their loved one in memorial.


We wanted to let students know that they are not alone in dealing with this grief throughout this difficult season. We also wanted to ensure that students are aware of the tools and support that can be found on campus. The tree will be put up on the Monday following Thanksgiving break and will be taken down the last day of fall semester. We hope that the tree will serve as a beacon of hope to students that may not know how to get through the holiday season with the absence of their loved one. When students come in the lobby of RCCC we want them to see this tree as a symbol of what PBL and RCCC is all about, a group of students that stand together and help build one another up, on and off campus.


Appalachian State University - Fall 2017

The Appalachian State University Phi Beta Lambda chapter has been having an extremely productive semester thus far. After the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California with 3 members who attended. As of October 27, 2017, we have 24 paid members and 3 advisers. Our executive board consists of the following individuals:


 ●      President- Jenny Zheng

●      Executive Vice President- Joshua Conner

●      Vice President of Finance- Jordan Boyd

●      Vice President of Marketing- Danny Short

●      Vice President of Events- Celeste Arias

●      Webmaster- Alisha Sprinkle

●      Administrative Assistant- Yeni Jacobo


This Fall semester we have held and participated in the following events:


Distinguished Leadership Award- To earn this award, members must participate in events beyond regular chapter meetings. Each activity is given a specific number of DLA points, the individual with the most points receives this award.Our Vice President of Marketing has been keeping a close record of DLA points for each member. We hope that this award will give our members an extra boost of encouragement to take part in events.


Guest Speaker Presentation: Ingles Markets- Senior Accountant was one of the many professional development speakers that are scheduled for this year. Representatives from the company visited on September 6, and informed members about the internship opportunities that were available over the summer.


Scarowinds Fundraiser- The club had a planning meeting on September 29. 20 of our members volunteered at Scarowinds and earned over $700 for our chapter! Our members worked in stations throughout the park assisting park attendees. This event was a successful way to raise funds for our chapter.


Homecoming- The club's homecoming chair held an information session and planning meeting on October 20 to inform club members about the opportunities and events Appalachian State Homecoming offered. Members spoke about participating in the parade, creating a banner, and volunteering at the Homecoming Blood Drive. Over 500 volunteers, and over 1300 donors came out to carry on Appalachian's Life Saving Legacy and collect 1,235 pints of blood! We are proud to say, the Phi Beta Lambda Chapter was able to contribute to such an amazing event. 


Hurricane Relief Water Donation- Our chapter participated in a Walker College of Business service event and collectively donated over 600 bottles of water!


Phi Beta Lambda Adopt a Highway Clean Up Day- The Phi Beta Lambda chapter set up a clean-up on October 28 in order to give back to the great Watauga community that has given us so much. This clean up day allowed us to beautify our community while creating bonds with fellow members.


Member Induction Ceremony- On November 7, 2017, we officially inducted 7 officers and 17 members. Each member was given a certificate and membership card. We were able to socialize over light refreshments before the ceremony.


Fall Leadership Development Conference- We are proud to say that 12 of our members attended the Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro, NC. It was great to socialize with PBL members outside of our chapter, attend workshops, and learn how we could better our chapter. Our chapter received "Second Largest Delegation" and "Largest Initial Reporting for the Western Region". Our members definitely enjoyed the experience and learned a lot at this event.


Phi Beta Lambda Day- On November 18, 2017 our officers planned a "PBL Saturday." We will be having a Thanksgiving Potluck while packing boxes for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. After this, we will go on a group hike to finish off the day. We are very excited for this "PBL Saturday" and believe that it will bring members together while contributing to a great cause.


In addition, below are pictures from select events and more information can be found on our website at or follow our Instagram at "asupbl".