ATU Students Collect Awards at National Conference

ATU PBL National Conference Representatives 2022
Arkansas Tech University was represented at the 2022 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference by (from left-to-right) Shayla Miller of Nashville, Corlee Motley of Hot Springs, Tandem Young of Dover, Liz Lane of Dardanelle, Joshua Kaucher of Little Rock and Meghan Bledsoe of Springdale.

Five Arkansas Tech University students earned national recognition during the 2022 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill.

Shayla Miller of Nashville earned second place in the organizational behavior and leadership category and eighth place in desktop publishing. Liz Lane of Dardanelle (job interview) and Joshua Kaucher of Little Rock (accounting principles) claimed second-place finishes in their competitions, while Meghan Bledsoe of Springdale (computer concepts) and Tandem Young of Dover (financial concepts) finished third in their respective areas of expertise.

In all, 13 ATU students participated in 2022 PBL competitions. Of those, eight qualified to compete at the national level and six made the trip to Chicago.

PBL, which is the collegiate level of Future Business Leaders of America, has approximately 10,000 members at colleges and universities across the United States. Arkansas won third place for most PBL members per state, and ATU’s chapter is the second largest in Arkansas.

“The ATU Chapter of PBL meets on the first Monday of each month during the school year,” said Dr. Russ Jones, dean of the ATU College of Business and Economic Development. “The meetings feature guest speakers, career development sessions and opportunities to participate in community service projects. In addition, members can compete in state and national events in more than 30 events, which include events for non-business majors such as programming, website design, debate, public speaking and others. We encourage students from all majors to join.”

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