The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


July 3, 2012

SCC Phi Beta Lambda attends National Competition

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 — Members of the Stanly Community College (SCC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter are participating in the business student group’s annual National Leadership Conference and Compet-itive Events this week in San Antonio, Texas.

Ten students earned the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the national level when they won state competitions held in April.

Meeting at the Riverwalk Convention Center, attendees will represent colleges, universities, and private business schools, all vying together for national recognition.

The conference begins with the announcement of the 2012 National Gold Seal Chapter Award recipients. Stanly Community College expects to be among those 50 chapters. If so, it will be the 30th such designation since 1980. Delegates from the Gold Seal Chapters receive special gold ribbons for their conference name badges.

In addition to general sessions with keynote speakers, workshops, business tours, and the election of national officers, the state representatives will do written tests and performances in a number of business and leadership areas.

Elizabeth Lor is the state’s entry in Public Speaking. Courtney Seidenschmidt, Margarita Mobley and Brandon Harkey are in the Business Decision Making team event.  A written test will determine the finalists, and those teams will then present their solution to a typical business situation to a panel of judges.

Patricia Maddox will compete in Management Analysis and Decision Making, following the same procedure. Josh Crump is the state’s entry in Website Design. He will do a presentation on how he developed his website.

Competition begins the opening day of the conference for the SCC Parliamentary Procedure team, the one event that involves a group of five students. Comprised of Jesse Crump, Kalia Vang, Rathavone Wilder, Sue Vang, and Chair Brandon Harkey, the team will do a written test on Robert’s Rules of Order and then perform a business meeting before a panel of judges from the National Association of Parliamen-tarians.

“The team has worked hard to incorporate some of the most difficult parliamentary rules and procedures,” Harkey commented.

“At one time we have a main motion, an amendment, three incidental ones motions, and an objection to the question all going at one time. We’ve prepared various situations so we will hopefully be able to do whatever special problems the judges give us to handle on the spur of the moment. It all makes for a nervous 30 minutes.”

SCC also had the state’s winning Annual Business Report, a 30-page document of the chapter’s activities, during 2011-12.

Harkey and Seiden-schmidt are among the six state officers who will preside over various North Carolina PBL meetings throughout the conference.  

“The conference is an exciting conclusion to an outstanding year for the chapter,” Faculty Adviser Dan Hazlett, who is accompanying the students, said.  

“The ongoing support the group receives from the community and the college’s administration, faculty, and staff is appreciated. These 10 students will represent Stanly County and North Carolina well.”


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