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The Best In Business: Una Phi Beta Lambda Students Capture National Awards

Jul. 01, 2009



Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

FLORENCE, Ala. - Three University of North Alabama business students captured some of the top awards in their categories at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 20-23. The conference included 1,776 business students from some of the top colleges and universities across the country competing in more than 50 different events. Winners from UNA were:

  • Amy Gresham, of Killen, seventh place in the Future Business Teacher category
  • Sammi Jo McConnell, of Athens, ninth place in the Word Processing category
  • C. Thomas Whitten, of Florence, second place in the Impromptu Speaking category
Other students competing at the PBL National Leadership Conference included: Joshua Butler, of Athens; Melissa Love, of Toney; Jerrod Terry, of Courtland; Marvin Wehl, of Madison; and Chris Wendt, of Tucson, Ariz. This spring, the UNA Phi Beta Lambda chapter had brought home several awards from the Alabama state competition in Birmingham. Each of UNA's 17 students competing in the state competition placed in the top three in at least one of their two events. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in 12,000 chartered middle school, high school and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

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The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks/