Upper Iowa University PBL chapter earns top state honors

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Lynn Isvik (center), Upper Iowa University associate professor of business/ Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) advisor, is joined by UIU PBL chapter members Carrie Taylor (left) and Krystle Blanks in displaying the top honors recently achieved by the university’s PBL chapter at the annual State PBL Leadership Conference. 

FAYETTE, Iowa (May 7, 2015) – Upper Iowa University's (UIU) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter once again received high honors at the annual State PBL Leadership Conference recently hosted by Des Moines Area Community College in Boone.

For the eighth time in nine years, the university’s PBL chapter brought home the prestigious Lloyd V. Douglas Outstanding Chapter award. In addition, the UIU participants earned first place in the Local Chapter Annual Business report competition, authored primarily by senior Carrie Taylor of Volga, Iowa, and first place in Conference Sponsorships.

Individually, Taylor placed third in both Financial Concepts and Personal Finance. Meanwhile, senior Krystle Blanks placed first in Public Speaking. The Decorah, Iowa, native was also awarded second place in Human Resource Management. In addition, sophomore Monica Rohe of Onalaska, Wis., placed first in Accounting Principles and received a pair of third place honors in Organizational Behavior & Leadership, and Statistics, respectively.

“We are very proud of how our students represented UIU and I look forward to taking them to compete in the National Leadership Conference in Chicago in June,” said Lynn Isvik, associate professor of business and PBL co-advisor.

“At the same time, the Upper Iowa University PBL chapter 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," added co-advisor Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, assistant professor of management and marketing.

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.

About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, nonprofit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to about 5,200 students–nationally and internationally–at its Fayette campus, 21 U.S. locations, as well as a location in Hong Kong. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit uiu.edu.

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