Barton College Held High Profile at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

WILSON, N.C. – Barton College was well represented at the 55th Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held last weekend in Charlotte.  Members of Barton College’s Gamma Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda provided regional leadership while also receiving numerous kudos at the conference.

Barton College student Dawn Montoya, a senior from Rocky Mount and the 2008-2009 state president for Phi Beta Lambda, presided over the annual state conference, and Andrea Alston, a sophomore also from Rocky Mount, was elected the 2009-2010 state secretary/treasurer.

Brittany Keith, a sophomore from Creedmoor, was awarded a North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda Foundation, Inc., Scholarship.

Dominican Republic senior Paola Marte brought home first-place honors in the Future Business Executive category.  And, Elaine Guthrie, a senior from Bailey, earned first place in Client Services.  Amanda Tyndall, a senior from Goldsboro, and Lisa Payne, a senior from Elm City, teamed to receive first-place honors in Emerging Business Issues.

Seventeen Barton chapter members participated in a variety of competitive events and attended general sessions, regional meetings, and leadership seminars.  Approximately 335 delegates, representing 33 chapters, attended the annual conference.

First-place, second-place, and third-place winners at the state conference (14 members from Barton’s delegation) also earned the right to compete at the National Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, Calif., in June.  Marte and Montoya also received “Who’s Who in North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda” recognition for their outstanding contributions to North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda.  And, Barton’s Montoya will represent North Carolina at the National Conference as the most outstanding member of North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda.

Additional awards included Marte earning second place in Accounting for Professionals; Montoya, Kellie Peoples, a junior from Macon, and Jaren Palmer, a junior from Corpus Christi, Texas, placing second in Business Decision Making; Montoya earning second place honors in Job Interview; and Brantley House, a sophomore from Wilson, placing second in Statistical Analysis.  The Gamma Gamma Chapter’s Local Chapter Annual Business Report also garnered second place at the event.

Third place recognitions were awarded to Montoya and Keith for their Community Service Project, “The Wilson Chamber of Commerce;” Keith, for Computer Applications and Marketing Concepts; Ridge Pruitt, a sophomore from Selma, for Contemporary Sports Issues; Brandi Stevens, a sophomore from Four Oaks, for Financial Concepts; Guthrie and Kathy Tate-Hildreth, a senior from Four Oaks, for Human Resource Management; and Amanda Moore, a junior from Kinston, for Management Concepts.

Tate-Hildreth and Guthrie earned fourth-place honors with their Free Enterprise Project, “Diversity in the Workplace,” while fifth-place honors went to Tyndall in Business Communication, Palmer in Microeconomics, and the team of Tyndall and Payne with their Free Enterprise Project, “Identity Theft.”

Stevens earned sixth place in Computer Applications and the team of Marte, Palmer, and Moore earned sixth place with their Community Service Project, “Day of Service.”

Seventh place honors went to House in Accounting Principles, Peoples in Business Law, Pruitt in Microeconomics, and Moore in Word Processing.  Eighth place was awarded to Tate-Hildreth in Information Management, and Tiara Ward, a junior from Middlesex, in Sales Presentation.

In addition to receiving the Gold Seal Award, Gold Star Chapter, Membership Madness recognition, and the Terry Lowrance Leadership Award, the Gamma Gamma Chapter received recognition for its monetary contributions to state- and nationally-recommended projects. And, two chapter members received National Recognition Awards through the Career and Membership Achievement Program: Tate-Hildreth, at the Director Level, and Montoya, at the Presidential Level.

Teresa Parker of Wilson and Ronald Eggers of Rocky Mount, associate professors in the College’s School of Business, accompanied the student delegation to the state conference.

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