Students Attend Phi Beta Lambda Conference

The Truman State University chapter of professional fraternity Phi Beta Lambda attended the 48th Annual Missouri Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference March 30-31 in Jefferson City.

Truman’s chapter joined 18 others at this year’s conference. The theme was “Missouri Phi Beta Lambda: Your Ticket to the Future.”

The event featured competitive events for individuals and teams and officer elections.

The Truman chapter received both team and individual awards at the competition.

The chapter received the Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, took first with its local chapter annual business report, was recognized as the fourth largest chapter and ranked third in the March of Dimes competition.

Truman students made a strong showing at the at the conference, taking home multiple individual awards.

Kristy Batson, a senior accounting major from Columbia, Mo., took third in the Accounting for Professionals competition.

Kristen Costello, a freshman accounting major from Grayslake, Ill., took second in the Hospitality Management category.

Son Le, a freshman business administration and accounting double major from Vietnam, placed second in the Accounting Principles category.

Daniel Leatherman, a sophomore accounting major from Chillicothe, Mo., took fifth in the Accounting Analysis and Decision Making competition.

Ashley Legg, a sophomore computer science major from Kansas City, Mo., ranked fourth in the C++ Programming competition.

Erin Lueker, a senior history major from Buffalo, Mo., won the Impromptu Speaking contest and took third in the Business Communication competition.

Robin Martz, a sophomore accounting major from Holts summit, Mo., placed third in Word Processing.

Pat Miller, a junior accounting and business administration double major from St. Louis, Mo., took first in the Sports Management and Marketing and third in the Accounting Principles competitions.

Kayla Riekena, a junior business administration major from Chillicothe, Mo., placed second in the Marketing Concepts category.

Amy Rowden, a senior economics and business administration double major from Dixon, Mo., won both the Economic Analysis and Decision Making and Financial Concepts competitions.

Ying Strow, a senior economics major, took third in the Financial Analysis and Decision Making category.

Finally, Tiffany DeOrnellis, a freshman accounting major from Martinsburg, Mo.; Lisa Hoffman, a sophomore business administration major from Jefferson City, Mo.; Lyle Mitchell, a senior business administration major from Salem, Mo., and Alicia Stewart, a sophomore history pre-M.A.E. major from Clinton, Mo., were ranked as the top Parliamentary Procedure TEAM at the competition.

Costello, Le, Lueker, Miller, Riekena and Rowden are eligible to represent Truman at the National Leadership Conference June 23-26 in Chicago, Ill. DeOrnellis and Hoffman will be representing the State Parliamentary Team at the Conference.

Truman Students were appointed and elected into state-level positions as well. Strow was elected to the position of 2007-2008 Missouri PBL Reporter.  Stewart placed highest on the Parliamentary Procedures test and was appointed the position of 2007-2008 Missouri PBL Parliamentarian. Stewart was also approved to run for PBL North Central Region Vice President.

Phi Beta Lambda is an educational association of post-secondary student members preparing for careers in business. Missouri has more than 500 members in 30 chapters.

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