PBL team wins Sweepstakes at state conference

Release Date: 4/19/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- Members of the University of the Ozarks' Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) team took home 14 first-place, 10 second-place and 15 third-place finishes to capture the overall Sweepstakes title in the 2011 Arkansas PBL State Leadership Conference, held in Little Rock on April 15-16.

Competing against teams from nine other state colleges and universities, the U of O team earned top individual category honors from Meagan Ponseigo (Accounting for Professionals), Kayla Casey and Eugene Downs (Community Service Project), Veronica Saborio and Adrian Valerio (Digital Video Production), Chuong Do (Economic Analysis & Decision Making), Katy Niskern (Free Enterprise Project), Tony Fernandez (Free Enterprise Project and Strategic Analysis and Decision Making), Mayra Hoch (Future Business Executive and Management Analysis & Decision Making), Delsie Ku (Management Analysis & Decision Making), Yoselin Delgado (Management Concepts and Retail Management), and Carlos Rodriguez (Organizational Behavior and Strategic Management).

“As Chair of the Division of Business, Communications, and Government, I could not be more proud of our students this year,” said Dr. Robert Hilton, who serves as lead advisor for PBL. “This special group came together as a team, defined their goals, worked hard, and exceeded all expectations.  They represented Ozarks extremely well both scholastically and in their behavior. They represented the best of Ozarks.”

Ozarks' PBL delegation

In addition, the Ozarks team was named an Arkansas PBL Gold Chapter member and Chuong Do was named an Arkansas PBL State Parliamentarian. U of O members Fernandez, Hoch, Casey and David Bell were awarded Career and Membership Achievement honors. The Ozarks team won a total of 58 top-five finishes during the competition. All of the top-three finishers are eligible to compete in the PBL National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., this summer.

Fernandez, a management major from Mexico, is the president of U of O’s PBL chapter, Other officers include Casey, vice president of community service; Do, vice president of competitive events, Su San Low, assistant vice president of competitive events; Naima Lopez, vice president of social events; Ivan Chavez, assistant vice president of social events; Henry Arauz, vice president of public relations; Tori Sanford, vice president of membership; Niskern, vice president of free enterprise; Ana Hernandez, treasurer; Ku, secretary; and Hidenobu Kameya, webmaster.