Phi Beta Lambda (PBL)

                                                       Phi Beta Lambda


Sterling College Business Association

Phi Beta Lambda is an organization promoting leadership in business. This is our 4th year of Phi Beta Lambda. Tim Thorpe is the chapter advisor, he can be contacted at


To bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.


  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.

  • Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.

  • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.

  • Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community.

  • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.

  • Encourage and practice efficient money management.

  • Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.

  • Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.

  • Facilitate the transition from school to work.


Phi Beta Lambda is a national organization that was founded in 1958 as a post-secondary extension to Future Business Leaders of America. Students majoring in Business are encouraged to join our chapter and compete in state, regional and national competitions against other PBL chapters from across the United States. To learn more about it go to

The Kansas PBL website is

Learn more about PBL

The Current 2014-2015 officers are as follows

  • President: Katrina Carman

  • Vice President: Matt Dodd

  • Secretary: Emily Fuller

  • Treasurer: Jennifer Freuchting

  • State Parliamentarian: Jamie Tilton

Fundraisers we have had:

  • Sterlingopoly: a customized version of monopoly for the city of Sterling.

  • Gambino's Pizza.

  • Can of Crush Fundraiser.

  • Customized deck of cards: These cards have various photos from sterling college and are available for sale from the book store or business club members.

Previous Events:

  • 2011-2012 PBL Fall National Leadership Conference in Little Rock, AR

  • 2011-2012 PBL Fall State Leadership Conference, Emporia, KS

  • 2012-2013 Economic Outlook Conference in Wichita, KS

  • 2012-2013 Toured Sturdi-Bilt in Hutchinson, KS

  • 2013-2014 Hosted PBL fall state leadership conference on campus of Sterling College

  • 2013-2014 gave presentation to Rice Soup, Sterling, KS

  • 2013-2014 gave presentation to Sterling Rotary Club

Students who recieved awards for Competitive events:

  • 2011-2012

    • Emily Messick- 3rd place Accounting Principles

    • Sened Tesfay- 2nd place International Business

    • Chelsey Troyer- 3rd place International Business

  • 2012-2013

    • Jennifer Vogt, Emily Messick, Kendra Schaffner- 1st place Accounting Analysis

    • Jennifer Vogt, Caleb Watney- 2nd place Emerging Business Issues

    • Emily Messick- 3rd place Accounting for Professionals

    • Caleb Watney – 1st place Economic Analysis, 3rd place Impromptu Speaking

    • Jennifer Vogt- 1st place Business Law

    • Sened Tesfay- 1st place International Business

    • Erica Wilt- 1st place Financial Concepts, 3rd place Macroeconomics

  • 2013-2014

    • Jenni Vogt - 1st in Business Ethics (team event), 1st in Accounting Analysis (team event)

    • Kendra Schaffner - 2nd in Accounting for Professionals

    • Abby Stout- 1st in Accounting Analysis (team event)

    • Katrina Carmen- 1st in Accounting Analysis (team event), 1st in Accounting for Professionals

    • Jennifer Fruechting- 1st in Business Communications, 2nd in Help Desk

    • Jonathan Garrett- 1st in Financial Concepts, 2nd in International Business, 1st in Microeconomics

    • Erica Wilt- 1st in Business Ethics (team event), named Who's Who in KS PBL

Future Events:

  • Fall 2014 State leadership Conference

    • Sterling College will be hosting the Fall State Leadership Conference.

    • The Date is: September 27, 2014

    • This is the second time that we will be hosting this event at Sterling College.

  • Fall National Leadership Conference:

    • Nov. 14-15, 2014 Minneapolis, MN

  • Spring 2015 State Leadership Conference:

    • Two day event

    • 50+ events to compete in including presentations, tests, and interviews, followed by an awards ceremony. The winners may continue to nationals.

    • List of Events

  • Summer National Leadership Conference:

    • 2015 NLC—Chicago, Illinois June 24–27

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