DSU Phi Beta Lambda students reach new heights at spring competition

Students in DSU’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business club recently competed in the Iowa PBL Spring Leadership Conference March 30th and 31st at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. The group of student officers and members took home 16 awards this year.

The regional conference included 130 students from 10 colleges and universities in the region that competed in a wide range of academic, skill and performance events. Eight DSU students earned the right to compete at the National PBL Conference in San Antonio, Texas this summer. Students who placed either first or second in an individual or team event are eligible to compete at the national level. Students competed in a variety of ways including written exams and/or presentations.

Alexz (Metzinger) Smith, a senior professional accountancy and business management major from Northville, S.D., received 1st place in Strategic Analysis & Decision Making, 1st place in Business Decision Making (team with Zach Merrill) and 2nd place in Who’s Who in PBL.

Jackson Marketon, a senior computer and network security major from Hartford, S.D. received 1st place in Cyber Security and 1st place in Networking Concepts.

Chris Johnson, a junior computer science and math for information systems major from Pierre, S.D., received 1st place in Database Design and Applications and 1st place in Website Design (team with Amy Yost).

Zach Merrill, a junior network system administration major from Pierre, S.D., received 1st place in Business Decision Making (team with Alexz Smith), 3rd in Computer Applications and 4th in Business Communication.

Jayne Peterson, a senior business education major from Tea, S.D., received 1st place in Client Service, 2nd place in Future Business Teacher and 5th in Retail Management.

Amy Yost, a junior digital arts and design and business management major from Pierre, S.D., received 1st place in Website Design (team with Chris Johnson).

Andrew Van Demark, a junior marketing and business management from Sioux Falls, S.D., received 1st place in Sales Presentation and 2nd place in Sports Management.

Tara Krause, a sophomore business management major from Clear Lake, S.D., received 2nd place in Statistical Analysis.

Rachel Ehlers, a senior computer information systems and accounting major from Philip, S.D., received 3rd place in Database Design and Applications.

PBL is a national organization that allows student to develop business leadership skills, promotes professional and ethical conduct, and provides opportunities to demonstrate academic excellence. PBL is the collegiate-level counterpart to Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). DSU PBL is open to all majors.

Last Updated: 4/17/12