UMO Students Represent NC at National Phi Beta Lambda Conference

UMO Students Represent NC at National Phi Beta Lambda Conference

MOUNT OLIVE – Three Phi Beta Lambda students from the University of Mount Olive recently represented North Carolina at the 2015 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, IL. The students were:   Eric Roughton of Colombia, Justin Tomlinson of Wilmington, and Charquele Simien of Fayetteville.

Each student competed individually, as well as in a team competition event. The group of UMO students finished fifth place in the team competition and received national honors in forensic accounting.

Tomlinson said, “It was a great experience meeting people from many different states and competing alongside them. It was also nice exploring Chicago and seeing iconic locations like the Sears (Willis) tower and the Navy Pier.”

Roughton added, “I am really grateful that I had the opportunity to attend such a great conference. This was my first time flying and I enjoyed it very much. My favorite part of the conference was when we were able to go on stage and represent UMO and receive our trophies.   It just goes to show how good the professors in the Tillman School of Business are at ensuring that we get a quality education. I cannot wait to see what next year has in store!”

Dr. Norm Crumpacker led the group of students and served as an event coordinator at the annual conference. Crumpacker is a member of the North Carolina PBL-Professional Division Board of Directors and UMO assistant professor.

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

Left to right Eric Roughton, Charquele Simien and Justin Tomlinson.