By Diane KarlsbraatenMembers of the Lake Region State College (LRSC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter attended the ND PBL State Leadership conference in Devils Lake, April 5-6. Attending from LRSC were Rachel Kraft, Hannah McInnes, Laura Halle, Carleen Terres, Charlene Gray, Susan Otto, Laurie Bachmeier, and Dawn Putney as well as advisors Diane Karlsbraaten and LoAnn Nelson. Students from UND, Jamestown, Minot State, Bismarck State, and Concordia were also in attendance.
During the two days, students had the opportunity to test their business skills against other students, hear motivating speakers, and attend general sessions. The culmination of the conference was the Awards of Excellence Program where winners were recognized for their accomplishments.
The LRSC Phi Beta Lambda took home the following chapter awards: Membership Achievement Award for PBL Membership Support and Growth and Dime Wars Battle of the Chapters (2nd Place). Laurie Bachmeier was also named Who’s Who of the Lake Region State College chapter.
Rachel Kraft was also elected president of the North Dakota Phi Beta Lambda for 2013-2014. Diane Karlsbraaten was selected the North Dakota Advisor of the Year for 2012-2013.
The Career and Membership Achievement Program (CMAP) is a comprehensive membership recognition program encompassing PBL projects, goals, and programs with special emphasis on career development and preparation for the world of work. The awards focus on the words surrounding the PBL Crest: Service, Education, and Progress. Hannah McInnes received the Directors award and Rachel Kraft received the Directors and Executive awards.
The LRSC Phi Beta Lambda members took home the following awards:
Business Ethics Carleen Terres & Hannah McInnes 2nd
Public Speaking Carleen Terres 1st
Hospitality Management Laura Halle 1st
Word Processing Dawn Putney 3rd
Business Presentation Hannah McInnes & Rachel Kraft 1st
Retail Management Charlene Gray 3rd
Computer Applications Dawn Putney 3rd
Client Service Rachel Kraft 1st
Business Communications Dawn Putney 1st
Accounting Principles Carleen Terres 2nd
Future Business Executive Rachel Kraft 2nd
The above students are eligible to compete again in their event at the National PBL Conference held June 22-25 in Anaheim, CA.
PBL is a professional organization for college students pursuing business careers. This year’s theme of “Igniting Innovation,” reflects the goals of PBL members, some of the best and brightest of today’s students. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovated leadership and career development programs.