Stanly Community College’s (SCC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Chapter was named a 2015 State “Gold Seal Chapter” designation at the business group’s Annual State Leadership Conference, held recently at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte. The award is based on community, campus, and PBL projects, as well as participation in state and national PBL activities.
Representatives from four-year and community college chapters throughout the state participated in competitive events, leadership programs, general sessions, and the election of officers for 2015-2016.
Presiding over the conference were the state officers, including Chuck VanHoose, state president, and Katrina Sams, state secretary, both SCC students. Other officers represented chapters at Pfeiffer University, Appalachian State University, Barton College, and Central Carolina Community College.
Delegates elected another Stanly County student to succeed VanHoose. At the close of the conference National Vice President Travis London from Kentucky installed Chase Clontz from Pfeiffer University as president for the upcoming year.
In the state competitive events, Ms. Sams and Mr. VanHoose again led the way for the SCC chapter. She received First Place in the Retail Management event, and he received second in the Project Management event. The top two finishers advance to competition at the National Leadership Conference this June in Chicago.
The conference was dedicated to Ms. Kathy Toler, a 19-year leader at the state level of the organization who passed away unexpectedly in February. A presentation was made to her son by VanHoose and Eric McGarvey, a past national officer from North Carolina who credited Ms. Toler as his primary mentor through his years as a student leader and now as a business owner.
Ms. Michele Parrish, Durham Technical Community College, received the Outstanding Adviser recognition, and Allison Gahrmann, Gaston College, was named as North Carolina’s inductee into the national “Who’s Who in Phi Beta Lambda” for 2015.
Three of Stanly Community College’s students show off awards won at the recent state Phi Beta Lambda conference. Left to right: Chuck VanHoose, Katrina Sams, and Brandon Harkey.
Chase Clontz (left), a Pfeiffer University student, was installed as state president for North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda at the business student group’s annual conference held recently in Charlotte. The installation of officers was performed by the presiding state president, Chuck VanHoose (right), a student at Stanly Community College.