The Upper Iowa University Phi Beta Lambda chapter recently earned the Lloyd V. Douglas Outstanding Chapter award at the State PBL Leadership Conference. This is the seventh year in a row that UIU PBL has earned this prestigious honor. UIU PBEL members pictured are (front, left) Jemimah Katung, Phurba Sherpa, Megan Tiong, Deepa Wai May Sukumaran, Nicole Sharpe, Naomi Aziz, Regina Hoffman and Samuel Vivas; (back, left) advisor Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, Shane Kafka, Alexandra Massman, Jada Sternhagen, Adrian Sanchez, Ashley Spencer, Hadeel Suliman and advisor Lynn Isvik. Missing from the photo were Jackie Berry, Sarah Gonner, Aarii Lkhagvasaren, Donavan Rajkumar, Billie Tuvshinbayar, Saruul Erdenebat and Kelsey Woodke.
FAYETTE, Iowa (April 16, 2013) – Upper Iowa University's (UIU) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter represented the University well at the annual State PBL Leadership Conference held recently at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. UIU PBL earned the highest honor at the conference, taking home the prestigious Lloyd V. Douglas Outstanding Chapter award – an honor Upper Iowa University has held for the past seven years.
PBL is the college division of Future Business Leaders of America, and is the oldest and largest student business organization devoted to students who are preparing for careers in business-related fields.
UIU's PBL chapter also earned first-place in the "Local Chapter Annual Business" report competition, for a report authored primarily by Kelsey Woodke, a sophomore marketing and management double major from Salem, Wis. Upper Iowa also earned first in the conference sponsorship competition garnering $1,210, which was more than twice the second place amount; and took home third place in the largest chapter membership and largest percentage increase in chapter membership competitions.
"Upper Iowa University PBL members are very grateful for the support they have received from the Upper Iowa and Fayette communities as they solicited sponsorships and prepared for their competitive events," said Lynn Isvik, UIU associate professor of business and co-advisor for UIU PBL.
Earning individual awards at the conference included:
• Noah Aziz, third place in integrated marketing campaign, from Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
• Sarah Gonner, second place in web design, from Manchester, Iowa.
• Regina Hoffman, first place in job interview and first place in business communication, from Walker, Iowa.
• Shane Kafka, second place in retail management and third place in contemporary sports issues from Stewartville, Minn.
• Aarii Lkhagvasaren, fourth place in accounting analysis and decision making, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
• Alexandra Massman, second place in accounting principles, second place in business communication and fifth place in impromptu speaking, from Ossian, Iowa.
• Donavan Rajkumar, second place in cyber security, second place in computer concepts, second place in networking concepts, from Selangor, Malaysia.
• Adrian Sanchez, second place in international business and third place in business presentation, from La Victoria, Venezuela.
• Phurba Sherpa, fourth place in public speaking, from Kathmandu, Nepal.
• Ashley Spencer, third place in help desk, from Farmersburg, Iowa.
• Jada Sternhagen, third place in justice administration, from Delhi, Iowa.
• Deepa Wai May Sukumaran, fourth place in marketing analysis and decision making, from Selangor, Malaysia.
• Hadeel Suliman, second place in computer applications, from Abu Dhabi, UAE.
• Megan Tiong, third place in small business management plan, from West Persekutuan, Malaysia.
• Samuel Vivas, first place in public speaking and first place in impromptu speaking, from Valencia, Venezuela.
• Woodke, first place in hospitality management.
Earning awards in the team competitions were:
• Business ethics – first place: Naomi Aziz, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia; Jemimah Katung, Selangor, Malaysia; and Suliman.
• Desktop publishing – second place: Jackie Berry, Arlington, Iowa; and Woodke.
• Business decision making – first place: Lkhagvasaren, Vivas and Sanchez.
• Emerging business issues – first place: Spencer and Sternhagen.
• Community service project – second place: Spencer and Sternhagen.
"We're very proud of how our students represented UIU and look forward to taking many of them to compete at the National PBL Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this June," said Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, UIU assistant professor of management and marketing and co-advisor.
Schools attending the State PBL Leadership Conference included the University of Northern Iowa, Dakota State University, University of Minnesota, Ashford University, Wartburg College, Grand View University, Loras College, AIB College of Business, and the Boone and Des Moines campuses of DMACC.
Karla Gavin, UIU assistant professor of health, physical education and recreation, presented on business dining etiquette at the conference.
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 some 6,200 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.