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The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 48, Issue 2

Spring 2018


Barton College - Spring 2018


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.  


In the tenth year of the Barton College "Day of Service," Gamma Gamma chapter members enthusiastically volunteered to participate in October 2017.  Members volunteered with Hope Station packaging non-perishable food and with yard work. In November 2017, the chapter celebrated Free Enterprise Day with Professional Division-Foundation member Charles Lanier speaking to the members. 


To recruit new members, chapter members have attended several Barton College classes to promote Phi Beta Lambda. Members prepared power point presentations, played PBL promotional videos, and distributed handouts highlighting the benefits of the organization. They were also able to share with the students their experience with Phi Beta Lambda and all of the skills acquired through their involvement. The chapter has also exhibited at Barton’s Open Houses—advertising our organization to prospective students.


Phi Beta Lambda members and chapter advisers are thrilled to assist others to "Elevate Your Future" by showcasing the Gamma Gamma chapter's activities of community service and leadership development while recruiting members at Barton's Freshman Fair, Club Fair, and Meet your Major. During the semester, we have partnered with the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Wilson County Department of Social Services, and the Wil-Med Foundation assisting in their community service activities. 


January 2018, two members and one adviser judged at the FBLA Triangle East Regional Competition at Fike High School while another member staffed a recruitment booth. In February 2018, chapter members judged Digital School-Site Events prior to the FBLA State Leadership Conference. The two chapter advisers will judge at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Greensboro in March 2018.



Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC - Spring 2018

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is working hard to prepare for the upcoming State and National Leadership Conferences! We have made efficient recruitment efforts by placing posters and display boards across campus. We plan on hosting a meeting open to all A-B Tech students and faculty providing information on how to correctly dress for casual and professional business settings. We hope new students will gain interest in joining PBL through this workshop.


We attended the Spring Tip-Off at Isothermal Technical Community College and we were excited about the opportunity to network with other members across the state. We continue to maintain our campus clothing closet, The Locker. We collect donations of new and gently used professional clothing items to offer to our students and community members. 


We have a few fundraisers in the works as we anticipate a high financial need for the National Leadership Conference travel to Baltimore, Maryland. We plan on hosting a second Gran Turismo Driving Simulator fundraiser where participants make a small donation to race others for a chance to win a cash prize for the top winner. Participants are able to race their way to the top, have fun, and meet new people. We plan on hosting this event in our Ferguson Auditorium to reach a high volume of students and faculty. We also strategized fundraisers including a gift basket raffle, hosting fundraiser nights at various restaurants, as well as setting up a table at A-B Tech’s Earth Day celebration. We will use this table for PBL recruitment efforts in addition to selling earth day bracelets at the table. 


Currently we are actively working on the PBL “Put Hunger out of Business” Food Drive. A few members came together and wrapped donation boxes with PBL colors with an attached flyer. We based the premise of our project on the statement, “We need a TON of food.” We hoped this would attract students and faculty to donate as much as they could as support. We have asked our educators to be involved and some have placed announcements to their classes with information about our Food Drive. A couple PBL members have actively spoken to their classmates about the project as well. In addition, A-B Tech has placed information in their weekly newsletter regarding the donation boxes and what PBL plans to achieve.


This is a busy time of year for our chapter and we are working on using our time efficiently to find great success at the State and National Leadership Conferences.



Appalachian State U - Spring 2018

The Appalachian State University Phi Beta Lambda chapter has been having an extremely productive semester thus far. Our Spring semester has been filled with activities that have promoted community involvement and leadership development. As of February 27, 2018, we have 27 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 Spring 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.

True Colors Workshop- To promote leadership development, a member of our executive board put together a True Colors Workshop. During this workshop members learned what their leadership style was and the differences between the four leadership styles. By doing this, members were able to understand that each leadership style was a different outlook on a specific task. It is important to know that in a group setting different outlooks on a task can be helpful in completing a task or achieving a common goal.

PBL Week- For the NC Phi Beta Lambda Week, we posted on our instagram each day celebrating a different aspect of this wonderful organization. We did “Share Your PBL Story Day”, shared information about the National President’s Forum, had a recruitment table on our campus, participated in advisor appreciation day, cancer awareness day, PBL Spirit Day, and a community service day. We had a very successful PBL Week that showcased what PBL is all about.  Our instagram is asu_pbl #ncpbl #fblapblweek

“Put Hunger Out of Business”- On February 11th, the club participated in the Food Lion, “Put Hunter Out of Business” by collecting 877 pounds of food in all! The club worked together through the planning and implementing process by creating powerpoints, flyers, and donation boxes. After delivering all the food on February 26th to the local food pantry, the club even got an idea to volunteer at the pantry in the future.

Phi Beta Lambda Adopt a Highway Clean Up Day- On February 25, 14 members of the Phi Beta Lambda Chapter gathered to clean our adopted street (Winklers Creek Rd). Members were able to get to know one another while doing something that benefits our community. Our next street clean up is scheduled for March 27, we hope that we can get even more members to come out and be a part of beautifying the High Country.

LinkedIn Clinic- On March 13, a Walker Fellow from the Walker College of Business will be conducting LinkedIn clinic for our members. LinkedIn is a great way to network with potential employers and be noticed by recruiters who are searching for interns.

PBL State Leadership Conference- The PBL State Leadership Conference will be held on April 5 until April 7. We are happy to say that we will be sending 9 members who will be competing in various events. This conference is a great way for members to practice networking skills, enhance leadership skills, and learn more about the various areas of business.

PBL Cookout - As our big social event of the semester we will be having a cookout for our members to spend more time with one another in a relaxed setting. This will allow members to learn more about each other and practice some networking skills that are essential in the business world.

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

On February 11, our chapter set up a table outside of one of our campus markets to collect donations for the Food Lion “Put Hunger Out of Business” project.


Western Carolina U - Spring 2018

On Saturday, February 17th, 2018, Western Carolina University hosted a professional level leadership conference. At this conference there were multiple different types of sessions organized into four different sections across the time frame of 10:40 am to 3:40 pm. Each attendee was able to choose one session per section, totaling in four sessions per attendee; in addition to the introduction and conclusion with key note speaker Curtis Zimmerman.  


Amongst the several sessions that were offered at the conference, the Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda Western Carolina Chapter hosted one session titled “Leadership ‘B’ Tower.” In this session, we demonstrated a leadership activity that allowed the attendees the opportunity to practice team interaction. This gave them the chance to incorporate hands-on experience while exploring skills in communication, leadership, cooperation, planning, and organization while working within a fun environment. To begin our session, participants were broken up into separate groups and given very specific instructions: To build the tallest freestanding tower possible using only balloons and masking tape within the given time frame. Following the activity, the groups were brought together for a reflection of the program. During the reflection, the groups were asked two very fundamental questions that shaped the message of our session.  


1. “What were the specific instructions that were given?” 

 Followed by,  

2. “Did we ever say that you had to work separately as individual groups?” 


This gave the presenters the opportunity to relay the message of leaders being able to come together to work on the same common goals. In our session, each group was able to construct a freestanding tower separately and achieve mediocre results, however, could that tower have been better with the help and resources of the other groups? In one group, there was an individual who was an engineering major, which could have been very helpful to the other groups. Everyone has different ideas, backgrounds, and experiences which contributes in different aspects towards the common goal. Each leader on a team has different roles and values of what a leader is and should be.  



Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Spring 2018

The Rowan-Cabarrus Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is off to a great start this spring semester. We saw great success at the Spring Tip-Off meeting, hosted at RCCC. Club officers had the privilege of networking with other officer teams and advisers. In addition to learning a lot about the upcoming State Leadership Conference, we also had the opportunity to share helpful tips to assist other chapters as they prepare for SLC.


Following the Tip-Off meeting we were able to celebrate adviser appreciation day. As an officer team we all went out for Zaxby’s and presented adviser, Chad Nichols, with a gift. Due to unforeseen circumstances our other advisers were rendered unable to attend.


At the beginning of the school year, RCCC-PBL planted the seeds for a lasting relationship with the FBLA at East Rowan High School. We were allowed the privilege of attending their September monthly meeting, and were asked to share some tips and information for graduating seniors within the club. We are now planning to once again work with the East Rowan FBLA on March 13th, where we RCCC-PBL members will serve as judges for mock competitive events. We hope this will help the FBLA members at East Rowan to feel better prepared as they go into their State Leadership Conference.


We are also plan an exciting community service project that involves partnering with the Worldwide organization, Junior Achievement (JA). JA is an organization that focuses on inspiring and preparing K-12 students to succeed in the global economy. President, Angelica Mills attended an online training event on February 28th to prepare for a volunteer opportunity offered JA. On March 29th, RCCC-PBL will be going to Woodrow Wilson Elementary, to teach a first-grade class a series of five lessons provided JA. Each lesson goes over subjects such as: fiscal responsibility, economics, entrepreneurship, and a number of other great business topics. We look forward to developing a strong relationship with JA.


Last, but certainly not least, we are all eagerly awaiting and preparing SLC. We have a number of great students attending, each preparing diligently to compete at conference. Recently, we completed our Community Service Report for competition in the Community Service Project event. We look forward to making RCCC proud at this year’s State Leadership Conference.


Catawba College - Spring 2018

Catawba PBL Students During PBL week

By: Malen Eiríksdóttir


Our top business and marketing organization on Catawba campus, Phi Beta Lambda, gave the students opportunity create and improve their LinkedIn profile during the PBL week. Students learned all about LinkedIn from Robin Perry, the director of career services, and even got some Chick-Fil-A sandwiches when they came.


The event was hosted on Thursday night, Feb. 8th in the library lab. The students that showed up were happy with the results of the workshop and expressed that events like this are important to develop skills for the real world. A senior student, Jess Daniel, said "Mrs. Perry is always helpful" she added that she already had a profile but it needed some update "LinkedIn, like any other social media is always changing and coming up with new ideas, so you really have to keep up with your profile and look on it regularly."


Robin Perry joined the Catawba team in 2011 first as a part time job, but now she is the director of career services. Her main goal is to help student and prepare and plan for their career after Catawba. She hosts various events on campus such as the graduate school fair and has organizations come and introduce their businesses. Perry says that it is important that students set up their resume and LinkedIn to connect and network to future employers. "Students need to be on LinkedIn, it is an essential thing they need to have." Perry says the students that attended the workshop range from knowing a lot about the platform to knowing nothing and not even having their own page. "I think its about half-and-half, some do, some don't."


The Catawba PBL chapter has made an impact on this campus and is always growing. This month the chapter is the third largest in the state and has over 20 members interested in competing at the State Leadership Conference. The Catawba College chapter is always growing and is the larger than it has ever been. The recruitment technique the officers have used this year has really paid off as the increase is by 15 members


This past summer, Catawba College had four representatives, Caitlin Gordon, Lauren Hardison, Andrew Chambers, and Jess Daniel went to Nationals in Anaheim, California and learned a lot from that experience. Gordon said it was the most memorable thing she had done while in college. "It is one of my favorite memory from college, I do not regret going." We hope that this year the chapter will get even more representative a Nationals and win even more prizes for NC PBL!


Catawba College PBL is looking forward seeing everybody in Charlotte for SCL 2018!



Stanly CC - Spring 2018

The Stanly Community College PBL chapter has had a busy fall and winter.  We’re now preparing for SLC and look forward to seeing everyone in Charlotte.


We had 10 delegates at FLDC and enjoyed participating in the NON-Trivia, Chapter Display, and Scholarship activities.  We were proud to receive a Gold Star Award and to have our picture made with Ms. Brown.


In addition to a Christmas dinner at Little Tokyo Restaurant, chapter members assisted with the college’s community “Holiday on the Hill” evening.


For PBL Month, members made arrangements to have the Stanly County Board of Commissioners do a PBL Month Proclamation.   We invited representatives of the Pfeiffer University and West Stanly High School chapters to join us.


We did balloons and gift cards for Ms. Chaney and Mr. Hazlett for Adviser Appreciation Day.


Each Monday we sponsored a PBL Month Speaker Series.  NCPBL PD-F Board President Rick Gardner, a Stanly Community College graduate, spoke on the first Monday on leadership characteristics.  Chad Nichols, adviser at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and former Wells Fargo bank manager, spoke the second week on developing personal finances.  Ms. Kim McIlwaine, owner of El Bella Gardens wedding/special events venue, spoke on the third week on entrepreneurship.  On the final Monday, Joe Pollard and Phil Baucom spoke on the latest developments in technology for businesses.


Members of the chapter met at River Wild Restaurant on Lake Tillery and surprised guest Hanh Tran with the 2018 Business Person of the Year award.  Ms. Tran is the owner of two Little Tokyo restaurants in Albemarle and is very involved and supportive of community activities.


As graduation approaches, Chapter President Britney Pouch has been nominated for the Student Leadership Award.  The chapter also nominated Chris McDaniel for the Outstanding Alumnus Award.  Chris is a former chapter president, state officer, and national Southern Region Vice President.  He has spent nearly 20 years in law enforcement.  Chris led a workshop at last year’s SLC and has served numerous years as a judge at SLC.


Again, we look forward to SLC as we all elevate our futures through the programs, sharing, and socials!  We’re saving our March of Dimes money, too, Ms. Craig!!!!!