The Stanly Community College (SCC) Phi Beta Lambda chapter returned from the business and leadership organization’s annual conference with top honors, including being designated a “Gold Seal Chapter,” winning First Place for its Annual Business Report, and having a student elected as a state officer.
SCC had 18 in attendance as delegates gathered at the Charlotte University Place Hilton for general sessions,a leadership development program, state officer campaigning, and completion in a variety of events related to business, leadership, and career planning.
State President Katrina Sams, a graduate of SCC this past summer and now a student at Western Carolina University, presided over the conference. The national PBL theme for the year was “Elevate Your Future,”and the first general session included Keynote Speaker Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry. Commissioner Berry entertained and challenged the delegates with stories related to elevator safety inspections and other areas of North Carolina business.
Concluding the session was the announcement of chapters receiving the state “Legacy Leadership Award.”Named in honor of seven former faculty members who had served 20 or more years as chapter advisers at the time of their retirement or passing, the award recognized eleven chapters who had reached a list of goals set by the state PBL Executive Council. Presenting the award was Mrs. Janice McSwain Simmons,whose husband was an adviser at Lenoir-Rhyne University for over 40 years.
SCC PBL President Britney Pouch accepted the award and special ribbons for the chapter members to wear on their name badges.
On the second evening, two business leaders from Stanly County received state PBL honors. The NCPBL(Alumni) Professional Division-Foundation, Inc., presented its Distinguished Service Award to Ms. CharlotteManess, recognizing her years as a judge, workshop leader, and keynote speaker for state and national activities.
Mr. Rick Gardner, a former chapter president at SCC and state PBL president in 1986, was announced as the 2018 NCPBL Business Person of the Year. Gardner is a top manager with Ahold Service, a Delhaize Company(owner of Food Lion). Gardner’s involvement with PBL this year included working with “Food Lion Feeds” to sponsor a statewide food drive with eventual project winners Catawba College and SCC each receiving$1000 to use toward participating in the national PBL conference this June in Baltimore, MD.
Competitive events were held over the three days of the conference with Stanly students winning several“Top 8” awards. Wendy Morgan won First Place in Business Communications, and Bradley Arrowood and Nick Lowder won First Place in the Small Business Management Plan event. Arrowood and Lowder also won Second Place in the Marketing Analysis and Decision Making event.
The SCC Parliamentary Procedures team was Second Place, with the top two from each state advancing to national competition. Members of the team are Samantha Vang, Britney Pouch, Shiny Vang, Monica Chang,and Giselle Chavez. The team did a written test on ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER and a sample business meeting performance.
Also receiving awards were Nancy Lee, Julia Vang, and Samantha Vang, Fifth Place, Hospitality Management;Shiny Vang, Sixth Place, Sports Management and Marketing; Britney Pouch, Fifth Place, Future Business Executive; Monica Chang, Fifth Place, Job Interview; Lyric Medley, Sara Bryant, and Nancy Lee, Fourth Place,Business Decision Making; Mason Waldt, Third Place, Computer Concepts; Chris Beardon, Fourth Place,Networking Concepts; and Wendy Morgan, Seventh Place, Organizational Behavior and Leadership.
First Place awards were won by SCC graduates Katrina Sams and Amy Ray (now at UNC-Charlotte) in Project Management and Cost Accounting, respectively.
Other First Place awards were won by Pfeiffer University, Catawba College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Wake Forest University, East Carolina University, Wake Technical Community College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Central Carolina Community College, Appalachian State University, Barton College, and Isothermal Community College.
A formal awards banquet concluded with the announcement and installation of state officers for 2018-2019.Townsend Lenihan from Western Carolina University was selected as state president, and Gizelle Chavez from SCC as vice president. Other officers are from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, East Carolina University, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and Barton College.
“We are very proud of the Stanly students (and graduates) for their leadership roles at the conference and for the awards they won,” commented Faculty Advisers Dana Chaney and Dan Hazlett. “We are excited for them to represent SCC, Stanly County, and North Carolina at the national level this summer. We also express our appreciation to the local business leaders and SCC employees who have assisted with the projects, activities, programs, and conferences that resulted in the Gold Seal Chapter and the First Place Annual Report, two extremely prestigious recognitions the chapter was proud to bring back to campus.