RU Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Earns Eight Awards at State Leadership Conference

Radford University's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) participated in the organization's State Leadership Conference Saturday, March 29, in Richmond and picked up a few awards along the way. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America.

Ten chapters involving more than 60 delegates from Virginia's colleges and universities competed in various events at the conference. The RU chapter earned five first place awards, two second place awards and a third place award.

"Radford University students are very talented and they acquitted themselves very handsomely in the competition," said Prahlad Kasturi, chair of the Department of Economics and advisor to the university's PBL chapter. "Over the years, chapter members have shown that they can win in all disciplines represented by the College of Business and Economics – accounting, business law, economics, finance, marketing and management. I am indeed very proud of their latest achievements. RU students in PBL have been winning both in individual and team events each year they have participated in the State Leadership Conference. Clearly, this is a great external validation of the learning goals and standards set by COBE."

RU's winners of the 2014 State Leadership Conference competition are as follows:

First Place Awards

  • Accounting Analysis and Decision Making:  Alex Kessler and Trang Nguyen
  • Business Decision Making: Dillon Shelton, Thomas Turner and Kirsten Basham
  • Business Law: Thomas Turner, Alexis Gilbert and Trang Nguyen
  • Business Presentation: Jordan Stidham, Jasmin Dwyer and Zach Schmid
  • International Business: Subeyr Sagal

Second Place Awards

  • Accounting Principles: Jordan Stidham
  • Impromptu Speaking: Subeyr Sagal

Third Place Award

  • Public Speaking: Dillon Shelton

From left: Trang Nguyen, Jordan Stidham, Department of Economics Chair Prahlad Kasturi, Subeyr Sagal, Dillon Shelton, Thomas Turner and Alex Kessler.

The students received support for the PBL conference from the Scholar-Citizen Initiative, Kasturi noted.

Each winner now qualifies to compete at the PBL National Leadership Conference, which will be held in June in Nashville, Tenn.

PBL, a postsecondary division of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), is the largest professional business association in the world, with more than 11,000 college student members and 3,000 business professionals, alumni and educators. Exclusive membership and career recognition programs are designed for each division of FBLA-PBL to provide additional personal and chapter development opportunities.

The RU chapter of PBL is housed within the College of Business and Economics, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Visit the RU PBL chapter website to learn more about the organization.

Apr 1, 2014