SWIC students win at 2015 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference

The Southwestern Illinois College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda attended the 2015 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill., June 24-27. PBL is a business leadership organization. The SWIC group, known as the Abe Small Chapter, competed in scholastic and leadership events and won awards individually and as a team.

The group won the Gold Seal Chapter of Merit Award and First Place Professional Division Membership Award for the North Central Region.

Individual awards include:

  • Eighth Place, Word Processing, Nicole Nance, O'Fallon, Ill.

Other SWIC members in attendance included Valerie Stoner from Fairview Heights.

In addition to the chapter awards, Adviser Tina Dierkes was also recognized for the Adviser Wall of Fame at the national center. The FBLA-PBL Adviser Wall of Fame recognizes advisers and state chairs with 20 or more years of service to FBLA-PBL. In addition to years of service, a minimum of five other criteria must be met to obtain this recognition.

Over 1,700 students, advisers and guests from colleges and universities around the country attended the conference. Students competed in scholastic events, participated in workshops and elected their 2015-2016 national officers. SWIC students competed against 30-50 other entries in each event.

PBL allows members to demonstrate and validate their mastery of essential business concepts, skills and knowledge. In addition, members participating in this program will demonstrate their career competencies, business knowledge and job-related skills; expand their leadership skills; demonstrate their competitive spirit; and receive recognition for their achievements.

For more information, contact Tina Dierkes at 618-235-2700, ext. 5321, or tina.dierkes@swic.edu.