FAYETTE, Iowa (April 1, 2011) —Upper Iowa University members of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) brought home several individual and chapter awards from the annual State Leadership Conference.
The two-day conference was hosted by Wartburg College in Waverly recently. UIU competed against students from Ashford University, University of Northern Iowa, Wartburg College, Grand View University, Dakota State University, Loras College and the Boone and Des Moines campuses of DMACC. The event also featured workshops on financial responsibility, career preparedness and business soft skills.
For the fifth year in a row, the UIU chapter claimed the highest award of the PBL conference, the Lloyd V. Douglas Outstanding Chapter in Iowa, outscoring the next highest chapter by nearly 36 points. The UIU chapter also took first place honors for its Local Chapter Annual Business report and in Conference Sponsorships. The chapter also earned second place for the largest percentage increase in local chapter membership and third place in largest local chapter membership.
“This has been an outstanding year for the business students at Upper Iowa University,” said UIU President Alan G. Walker. “The students’ success at this conference bears witness to the quality of the business education they are receiving at UIU, the excellence of their coursework and the faculty. We are proud to call them UIU students and future alumni.”
UIU students received the following honors:
- Mike Capps, Strawberry Point, Iowa, first place in Website Design (as a team with Theresa Kleve and Sam Hansel)
- Chris Dibble, Postville, Iowa, fourth place in Financial Analysis and Decision Making
- Anthony DiJohn, Aurora, Ill., second place in Business Communication, second place in Contemporary Sports Issues, and second place in International Business
- Marissa Graff , Independence, Iowa, fifth place in Management Concepts
- Johanna Hageman, Waucoma, Iowa, first place in Marketing Concepts, third place in Word Processing, and fifth place in Accounting Principles
- Sam Hansel, Elkader, Iowa, first place in Website Design (as a team with Theresa Kleve and Mike Capps), first place in Emerging Business Issues (as a team with Theresa Kleve and Jani Holthaus), and third place in Help Desk (Sam also wrote the first place Local Chapter Annual Business Report)
- Victoria Hinderman, Hazel Green, Wis., first place in Small Business Management Plan, first place in Business Presentation and second place in Word Processing
- Jani Holthaus, Waukon, Iowa, first place in Emerging Business Issues (as a team with Theresa Kleve and Sam Hansel), first place in Word Processing Fundamentals, and second place in Statistical Analysis
- Theresa Kleve, Calmar, Iowa, first place in Emerging Business Issues (as a team with Sam Hansel and Jani Holthaus), first place in Website Design (as a team with Mike Capps and Sam Hansel) and second place in Help Desk
- Jeremy Lutz, Fayette, Iowa, first place in Accounting Analysis & Decision making, and first place in Accounting for Professionals
- Amber Ostwinkle, Epworth, Iowa, first place in Retail Management, third place in Marketing Concepts and fourth place in Accounting Principles
- Noah Schaufenbuel, Fort Atkinson, Iowa, first place in Computer Concepts, second place in Networking Concepts, and second place in Computer Applications
- Shannon Stone, Lansing, Iowa, first place in Client Service, first place in Human Resource Management, and first place in Public Speaking
“I am very proud of how our students represented UIU, and I look forward to taking many of them to compete at the national leadership conference in Orlando next June,” said Lynn Isvik, Isvik, chair of the UIU Division of Business and local adviser for the group.
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 nearly 6,800 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.