SCC PBL Earns Top Honors at State Conference

The Stanly Community College (SCC) chapter received top honors at the 62nd Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference recently, receiving a state “Gold Seal Chapter” designation and winning First Place in the competition for the best Annual Business Report of chapter activities and participation in local, state, and national PBL programs and projects. In addition, Katrina Sams from SCC was awarded the state's one inductee into the national “Who's Who in Phi Beta Lambda” for 2016.

"The awards banquet was an especially good evening for Katrina," commented Faculty PBL Adviser Dan Hazlett. "Each member may enter two of the PBL competitive events in business and leadership areas, and Katrina won First Place in both the Marketing Concepts and the Social Media Campaign events. Since she was the editor of the Annual Report, it was probably the first time in our 42 years of participation that one student was on stage for four First Place individual awards."

Joining Ms. Sams as competitors at the national level when state winners travel to Atlanta in June will be Amy Ray in Impromptu Speaking, Courtney Earnhardt in Sales Presentation, and Jessica Ferretiz in Cyber Security. In addition, Samantha Vang received Eighth Place in Personal Finance, and Jessica White and Quinton Randy King placed Fourth in the Business Decision Making team event.

Phi Beta Lambda is a national organization for college students who are interested in developing leadership skills in various areas of business. The conference opening session included the announcement of 14 chapters as recipients of “The Legacy Leadership Award” for completing a list of goals set by the state organization. Chapter officer Dony Santos accepted the award for SCC.

Named in honor of former instructors who had served over 20 years as chapter advisers at the time of their retirement or passing, the award was presented by Ms. Sandra Boyd, who had served 23 years as adviser at Isothermal Community College.

Also among the "Legacy" recipients was the Pfeiffer University chapter. For the five "Gold Seal Chapter" awards, Stanly Community College was joined by the Pfeiffer chapter, Barton College, Gaston College, and Central Carolina Community College. Presiding throughout the conference were the six state PBL officers, including Chase Clontz, president, from Pfeiffer University, and Ms. Sams, historian, from SCC.

During the business session, delegates elected Jamie Barton from Barton College as president for 2016-2017.

Keynote speakers for the conference were Joe Bruno, WSOC Channel 9 Eyewitness News reporter, and Ms. Meg Spivey, a former PBL member who is now Associate Director of Development at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Special guest was National Parliamentarian Elizabeth Alvarez from Florida International University in Miami.

Amy Ray, Samantha Vang, Courtney Earnhardt, Jessica White, Jessica Ferretiz, and Quinton Randy King received certificates for participating in a special Leadership Development Program held during the conference.

Among the eight leadership workshops held during that program were presentations on entrepreneurship and leadership by Stanly community leaders Alicia Herrin and Charlotte Maness, respectively.

During the conference, the state PBL Professional Division-Foundation, Inc., elected Board of Directors members, including former Stanly students and state PBL presidents Carolyn Walls Laudati and Rick Gardner.

"As has become the custom in April, the SCC administration and Board of Trustees are proud to recognize our PBL chapter for its involvement and success at the state level of the organization," commented Robin McCree, interim president of the College. "We especially commend Katrina on the 'Who's Who' induction since that reflects excellence in so many different areas of leadership in PBL. SCC is pleased to have our name on the list of chapters from throughout the country that will have national competitors in Atlanta and certainly wish the delegation well."

Katrina Sams

Ms. Katrina Sams, SCC PBL President, holds the four First Place accolades that she received during the 62nd Annual North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference.

Jessica Ferretiz, Courtney Earnhardt, and Amy Ray

Pictured from left to right: Jessica Ferretiz, Associate in Arts, who is double majoring in Art and Business; Courtney Earnhardt, Associate in Science, who will graduate this summer; and Amy Ray, who is double majoring in Associate in Arts and Science. The students, along with Ms. Sams, will be competing in June at the national Phi Beta Lambda level.