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EAC Phi Beta Lambda chapter hosts 2009 PBL State Winter Conference

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EAC Phi Beta Lambda chapter hosts 2009 PBL State Winter Conference

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) recently hosted the 2009 Phi Beta Lambda State Winter Conference, an event that drew students from University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Paradise Valley Community College to compete in business related contests. PBL, a student group designed especially for business majors but open to all students, is the college version of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).

At the conference, students from EAC and other colleges and universities each completed four one-hour objective tests in topics ranging from computer concepts to accounting to financial analysis. They also competed in mock job interviews and in events that tested their public and impromptu speaking skills.

“During the events at the conference, students worked together to help our community,” says EAC Administrative Information Services instructor and PBL advisor Dana Barnett. “They assembled pins for victims of homicides, cut coupons to give to the needy, and assembled information on domestic violence to be distributed by the Mt. Graham Safehouse.”

“PBL is wonderful because students get to test their ability and see firsthand what the industry expects from them while they compete in fun contests,” continues Barnett. The week before the conference, EAC PBL members prepared by assisting Thatcher High School’s FBLA chapter with their regional conference. Over 600 high school students came to Thatcher to test their skill in similar contests.

For more information about EAC’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, contact Dana Barnett at 428-8422.