Mount Olive College Students Place in State PBL Competition

MOUNT OLIVE – Several University of Mount Olive students recently received awards at the State Leadership Conference Competition of the North Carolina State Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) held in Charlotte.

First and second place winners will represent the State PBL Chapter at the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN this July.

Kayla Faulk of Whiteville received first place in Business Communication. Kristen Johnson of Ivanhoe received first place in Client Service. Brian Parnell of Lucama, 2009-2010 NC PBL Eastern Region Vice President, received second place in the International Business and Management Concepts categories, and Alex Scott of Warsaw received second place in Computer Concepts and fourth place in Digital Video Production.

Audrey Owens of Wilson received fifth place in Macroeconomics. Kenneth Jones of Dudley received fifth place in Sports Management & Marketing, and Temias Gavin of Faison received eighth place in Business Communications and Accounting Principles.

At the conference, Jeremy May of Princeton, 2009-2010 NC PBL State President, was inducted into Who’s Who in NC Phi Beta Lambda. In addition, Dr. Kathy T. Best, received her four year adviser certificate, and Sonya McCoy, Assistant Professor of Business was recognized for 26 years as an Adviser as well as for serving on the State Awards Program Committee.

The University of Mount Olive PBL Chapter was recognized for their contribution to the NC PBL Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Fund as well as the General Fund, and received the Terry Lowrance Leadership Award, recognizing the Chapter for outstanding projects and participation in state and national activities and programs. Certificates of participation in the State Leadership Conference Leadership Development Program were awarded to Kayla Faulk, Kristen Johnson, Brian Parnell, Alex Scott, Temias Gavin, Kenneth Jones, and Audrey Owens.

Phi Beta Lambda provides opportunities for students to enhance their self-confidence and leadership skills, sharpen public speaking skills, build friendships, apply money management techniques, network with business leaders, and acquire job readiness skills. The Phi Beta Lambda national organization is operated in cooperation with the United States Office of Education, the American Vocational Association, and the National Business Education Association.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit