PBL Shines at State Leadership Conference

Release Date: 5/5/2009

The University of the Ozarks chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently competed in the PBL State Leadership Conference in Hot Springs, Ark., where it won a total of 76 awards, the most ever for the chapter.

A total of 68 students and five faculty advisors attended the event. The chapter won a total of 17 events and finished second in 17 other events. The chapter also won the Overall Sweepstakes Award.

PBL members were challenged to take tests, give presentations and even be interviewed during the conference.

Ozarks PBL chapter president Huy Do, a senior accounting and business administration major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, won two first place awards at the conference. Do was awarded first place after taking a test in the subject of “Accounting for Professionals.” He also teamed up with Mayra Hoch to take first place in the Business Presentation category with a seven-minute presentation on Internet safety.

“We had to do a lot of research for our topic,” said Do. “We had to come up with a seven-minute presentation to present in front of judges, where they judged us based on our information and overall presentation skills.”

Cynthia Lanphear, an instructor of business and management, serves as the lead advisor for the U of O PBL chapter.

“[Ms. Lanphear] has been very helpful,” said Do. “She always attends our meetings and gives us advice on how to complete our projects.”

The U of O PBL chapter has worked on various projects this year, including community service, hosting social events, and inviting speakers to campus. Last year, PBL invited Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to campus to speak.

The chapter also attends conferences in both the fall and spring semesters.

A complete list of winners can be viewed by clicking on the following link: U of O PBL Winners.