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Grand View University Represented Well During The Iowa Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference


Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is the collegiate division of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. and has about 18,000 members across the United States.  Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. PBL is not a fraternity or sorority but is for anyone who looks to be a successful leader in their career. Its nationwide membership includes sports-recreation majors, criminal justice majors, psychology majors, secondary education majors, computer graphic design majors, nursing majors, and business majors.

Iowa PBL had their State Leadership Conference March 30-31.  This Conference was held at the University of Iowa Campus in Iowa City, Iowa.  During this conference there were 140 students from nine Iowa colleges and universities with special guests from Dakota State University and the University Of Minnesota.

Grand View University was represented by six students and Dmitry Yarushkin, PBL Chapter Advisor. They participated in workshops, networking events and competed in various competitions.  Tabatha Leeper, Iowa PBL State President and North Central Region Vice-President, received first place honors in both Computer Concepts and Who’s Who while taking second place honors in Information Management.  Tabatha also received the Award for Excellence for her service to the organization this past year.  Gerry Woolman, Iowa PBL State Vice-President, received first place honors in Future Business Teacher and second place honors in Contemporary Sport Issues.  Gerry also received the Award for Excellence for his service to the organization this past year and led the “Two Truths and a Lie” icebreaker before the awards ceremony.  Brian Jones received second place honors in both Accounting Analysis and Decision Making and Financial Concepts; Danny Akers received second place honors in International Business; and Jessica Davidson received third place in Accounting for Professionals.  These students became eligible to participate at the PBL National Leadership Conference this coming June in San Antonio, Texas.  Ade Rosya participated in several workshops for career development and was the campaign manager for Gerry Woolman’s run for the 2012-2013 PBL State President office.

Not only were students from Grand View University in attendance, but several professors and staff members as well.  Dmitry Yarushkin judged events, Ryan Anderson led the workshop “Repaying Student Loans and Financial Planning,” and Rebecca McDonnell led a business communication workshop.  Sue Lande from the Grand View Career Center held a Networking Education Session.