FAYETTE, Iowa (March 4, 2010)—The Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter at Upper Iowa University brought home the highest award of the recent PBL State Leadership Conference when the UIU chapter was named the Lloyd V. Douglas Outstanding Chapter in Iowa for the fourth year in a row.
PBL is a nationwide non-profit education association for future business leaders. The organization recognizes and rewards excellence in business career-related areas through competitions at the State Leadership Conference that test students’ knowledge and skills. The top state winners advance to the National Leadership Conference this summer.
The Iowa Leadership Conference was hosted by the University of Iowa, where UIU students competed against PBL members from Ashford University, the Boone and Des Moines campuses of Des Moines Area Community College, Dakota State University, Grand View University, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, and Wartburg College.
The UIU chapter also won first place for Local Chapter Annual Business Report, 10 students won individual awards, and the UIU chapter’s faculty adviser, Lynn Isvik, associate professor of business, was named “Outstanding Adviser of the Year.”
UIU students and their awards are:
- Breina Burgin (Lamont, IA) – first place in statistical analysis, management concepts, and desktop publishing (as a team with Merry Stover)
- Chris Dibble (Postville, IA) – second place in computer applications
- Monte Graff (Oelwein, IA) – second place in computer concepts, information systems, and desktop publishing (as a team with Theresa Kleve)
- Sam Hansel (Elkader, IA) – first place in impromptu speaking and third place in business communications
- Jason Jandrain (DePere, WI) – first place in financial analysis and decision making, and information systems, and third place in project management
- Theresa Kleve (Calmar, IA) – second place in desktop publishing (as a team with Monte Graff), and third place in cyber security
- Mary Ohloff (Postville, IA) – author of the UIU team’s first-place entry in Local Chapter Annual Business Report and its winning entry for “advisor of the year,” fourth place in business communications, and fifth place in job interview
- Tabitha Osmundson (Volga, IA) – first place in financial concepts, and fourth place in management concepts
- Shannon Stone (Lansing, IA) – first place in job interview, second place in impromptu speaking, and fourth place in word processing
- Merry Stover (Strawberry Point, IA) – first place in desktop publishing (as a team with Breina Burgin), second place in business math, and third place in financial concepts
Monica Bayer Heaton
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to over 6,600 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.