Stanly CC PBL Chapter, Member Receive 2015 National Honors

The Stanly Community College (SCC) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), an organization for college students that promotes business awareness and leadership skills, was named a national “Gold Seal Chapter” at the group’s National Leadership Conference held at the end of June in Chicago, Illinois.

In addition to the chapter recognition, SCC’s Katrina Sams received Fourth Place in the national Retail Management competitive event. Ms. Sams is a recent Associate in Arts graduate of SCC and will be continuing her education to obtain a degree in Business Administration. She has served as secretary of the SCC PBL chapter the past two years.

The conference included keynote speakers and leadership workshops in addition to the competitive events and the election of national officers.

Approximately two thousand delegates from across the country were in Chicago for the conference. The following week, over twelve thousand delegates attended the conference for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the high school level of the organization.

Chuck VanHoose, who served last year as both SCC and the state PBL president, was a candidate for national president. In a close election, Karthik Krishnan, one of the serving national vice presidents from Maryland, was elected.

“It was an honor representing Stanly Community College and North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda as a national officer candidate,” VanHoose commented. “I appreciate the support I received from our campus and chapters around the state. The campaign was a really positive experience.”

Pfeiffer University’s Chase Clontz, the current state president, and Ms. Sams, state historian, presided during state delegation meetings throughout the conference.

“Gold Seal Chapter” designations are given to a maximum of ten percent of the chapters in the nation. At the conference, delegates from those chapters receive gold ribbons for their name badges. Since 1980, the SCC chapters has been among the prestigious group every year except two.

Chapter Adviser Dan Hazlett attended with the students. Also participating were Adviser Ana Smith and student representatives from Pfeiffer University, as well as Albemarle resident Martha Cranford, who serves as adviser for the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College chapter.

“Stanly Community College’s Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff are proud of the chapter and its recognition at the national level,” commented SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays. “Chuck’s campaign for national president gave both our local PBL chapter and the College a tremendous amount of visibility, and we appreciate his representing us so well. Congratulations also to Katrina. She has been an outstanding student and her award is indicative of the level of quality education SCC faculty strive to provide.”

PBL membership is open to all students interested in business, leadership, and community service. Information may be obtained by contacting the respective advisers.

Katrina Sams

Stanly Community College's Katrina Sams (right) receives Fourth Place in the Retail Management event at the 2015 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago. Presenting the award is Jenna Woitaszewski, a PBL national officer from the University of Nebraska. The SCC group was also recognized as a National Gold Seal Chapter for 2015.