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SFA Phi Beta Lambda members take home a dozen awards from state conference

April 26, 2017 - University Marketing Communications
Members of Stephen F. Austin State University's professional business student organization Phi Beta Lambda won 12 awards during the 2017 State Leadership Conference in Houston.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Members of Stephen F. Austin State University's professional business student organization Phi Beta Lambda won 12 awards during the 2017 State Leadership Conference in Houston.

During the conference, students compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills. These competitive events include objective tests and/or performance-based activities. SFA students brought home wins in various categories from cost accounting to impromptu speaking.

"Overall, it was a very meaningful experience for all of SFA's Phi Beta Lambda students who attended the state conference," said Dr. Ann Wilson, associate dean in the Rusche College of Business. "Many members competed for the first time, and some members faced and overcame their fears of competing. Most of all, the members had the opportunity to be surrounded by other students who share a drive to succeed."

Eight of the students who placed first, second or third at the conference qualified for the annual National Leadership Conference, which will be held June 22-27 in Anaheim, California.

"Expectations are high for another positive experience for SFA's PBL students. This event will assess and promote business leadership principles and practices on the global scale," Wilson said.

John Cohen, SFA's chapter treasurer, was appointed state vice president for the second time and was recognized for outstanding leadership during the conference. Additionally, Kristi Clifford, the current chapter vice president at SFA, also was recognized for outstanding leadership. Fil Escobedo, the current SFA chapter president, was elected state president.

"These students exemplify leadership and professionalism, as proven by these impressive leadership appointments at the state level," Wilson said.

Students were required to present during the state conference. Cohen presented "Wanna be Social," and Clifford gave a public-speaking presentation titled "7 Principles of Public Speaking."