EAC students travel to ASU to compete in Phi Beta Lambda conference
By Jeanné Schaser
THATCHER, AZ—Last month, Eastern Arizona College student members of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), traveled to Arizona State University to attend the 2010 Winter PBL conference. FBLA-PBL is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world. It begins at the middle school and high school levels and continues through college and professional levels as the premiere professional business association in the country.
During the conference, approximately 40 students from EAC, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Embry Riddle, Paradise Valley Community College, and Central Arizona College competed in various business oriented contests.
EAC’s Julia Newlin took first place in Statistical Analysis; second in Business Law and second in Justice Administration. Newlin chose these competitions because of courses she completed at EAC. She commented that “there is no way I would have been able to do so well on the Statistics test if it hadn’t been for the instructor, Mr. Ray Orr!” She also stated that Mark Anderson’s and Steve Johnson’s courses at EAC provided much of the information she needed to know on the Business Law and Justice Administration competitions.
Another EAC student, Alex Duran, placed first in the Information Management competitions and stated that Derek Rich’s courses at the College helped her to be successful in that area. Amanda Gause placed third in Public Speaking. She stated that all of the business courses she has taken at EAC helped her with preparing for her Public Speaking presentation. Scott Baird and Bridgette Miller also placed in competitive events and agreed that the instructors were who helped them prepare the most.
Dana Barnett, Business instructor at EAC, is one of the co-advisors who traveled with the students to the ASU campus. According to Barnett, “the most beneficial part of being a part of PBL is the networking opportunities that the students are able to take advantage of. If students want to transfer to ASU or U of A after getting their associate degree at EAC through PBL they are already acquainted with other business students at the universities.”
“It is also great for instructors at EAC to realize that the material they are helping students learn in the classroom is being used at these competitions,” says Barnett. “If you want to put it in a competitive context, the instructors from EAC are competing with instructors from other colleges and universities. Looking at the number of awards EAC brought back from this event, the EAC instructors are doing a great job!”
The EAC PBL chapter members will be competing again at the state level on April 16-17. If students are successful there, they can go on and compete at the national level in Nashville, TN in June.