Co-Lin's Phi Beta Lambda Chapters captured eight awards at the National Leadership Conference held in Anaheim, CA. The annual competition highlights outstanding students in business and leadership roles. Senior colleges and community colleges are represented competing for the awards of excellence in their area.
The Nu Kappa Chapter on the Wesson Campus received six awards, four outstanding chapter awards, one individual award, and one adviser award. Nu Kappa received a first place award for Largest Local Chapter in the Southern Region, 2013 Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit, third place as a Big Ten Chapter, and the Second Largest State Chapter in the Southern Region. These awards are given to outstanding chapters for membership and community involvement.
Individually, Adam Watson of Monticello received a sixth place award in Microeconomics. Chapter co-adviser Dr. Suzanne Johnson was recognized as Mississippi PBL Outstanding Local Advisor.
The Natchez Chapter received two awards. Brian Ensminger placed fourth in the Public Speaking category. He and Inger Frye placed tenth in the Business Presentation category.
Twenty-six students from all three campuses along with four advisers attended the annual conference.
PBL is a non-profit educational association for students preparing for careers in business, entrepreneurial or business-related fields. The association prepares students for employment by promoting competent, aggressive business leadership, increasing understanding of American free enterprise, establishing career goals, encouraging scholarship, promoting efficient money management, and developing character and self-confidence. Co-curricular activities encourage career development, civic service, economic education, community involvement and business advocacy. Partnerships are formed with Chambers of Commerce, local businesses, industries, and government. An extensive skills competitions program is offered to challenge members in the academic pursuits. It is the collegiate counterpart of the high school's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). PBL has over 800 chapters and approximately 17,000 members on community and senior college campuses nationwide, organized in all 50 states and American provinces. It is the nation's largest and oldest student business organization. Mississippi has over 40 chapters and approximately 1,000 members.