Barton Students Held High Profile at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College was well represented at the 57th Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held April 7-10 in Charlotte.  Thirteen Barton chapter members participated in a variety of competitive events and attended general sessions, regional meetings, and leadership seminars.  Approximately 300 delegates, representing 25 chapters, attended the annual conference.  First-place, second-place, and third-place winners at the state conference earned the right to compete at the National Leadership Conference to be held in Orlando, Fla., in June.

Andrea Alston, a junior from Rocky Mount, the 2009-2010 state Secretary/Treasurer for Phi Beta Lambda and 2010-2011 Eastern Region Vice President, participated in all aspects of the annual state conference.  Michole Brown, a junior from Wilson, was elected the 2011-2012 state Secretary/Treasurer.

Kathy Turner, a senior from Wilson, and Michelle Cox, a senior from Youngsville, partnered to earn first place honors in Business Ethics and their Community Service Project.  George Black, a senior from Greenville, placed first in Contemporary Sports Issues and Project Management.  Charles Watson, a senior from Middlesex, received first place in Justice Administration.  The chapter’s Annual Business Report, authored by chapter president Jonathan Strother, a junior from Henderson, also garnered first place.

Strother and Brittany Keith, a senior from Creedmore, teamed to place second in Business Decision Making.  Watson and Black’s Free Enterprise Project placed second.  Keith and Tara Myers, a senior from Smithfield, teamed to earn second place in Human Resources Management.  Sarah Casey, a freshman from Kinston, placed second in Word Processing.

Keith and Strother partnered to earn third place honors for their Community Service Project.  Strother placed third in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making.  Cox placed third in Business Communications.  Casey placed third in Computer Applications. Turner earned third place honors in International Business.

Earning fourth place was Watson in Business Law and Brown in International Business.  Chris Ruggero, a junior from Raleigh, placed fifth in Retail Management.  Brittany Joseph, a sophomore from Chesapeake, Va., placed fifth in Sports Management and Marketing.

Alston placed sixth in Management Concepts.  Ruggero earned seventh place in Microeconomics.  Myers placed eighth in Business Communications.

Alston, Keith, and Strother received “Who’s Who in North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda” recognition for their outstanding contributions to North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda.  LaLonnie Steward, a senior from Selden, N.Y., served as Brown’s campaign manager.

In addition to receiving the Gold Seal Award, Increase in Membership Achievement and Membership Madness recognitions, and the Terry Lowrance Leadership Award, the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Barton College received recognition for its monetary contributions to state- and nationally-recommended projects.

Teresa Parker of Wilson (34 years of service as advisor) and Ronald Eggers (23 years of service as advisor) of Rocky Mount, associate professors in the College’s School of Business, accompanied the student delegation to the state conference.


Questions?  Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations at Barton College, at 252-399-6529 or email:

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