Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I’m Going to Disneyworld…with PBL!

One of the great things about college life is getting involved in clubs and organizations on campus. They allow you to meet new people with similar interests, network, and even gain experience you can add to your resume. If you are new to SCC or have never considered a student organization before, you should go to the Student Activities page on the college Web site and check out what you have to choose from.

So, who is PBL and why should you care? Phi Beta Lambda is part of Future Business Leaders of America, which has four levels – middle school through professional level. PBL is the largest college/university organization in the nation for students interested in areas of business. If you are majoring in (or even interested in) business, management, marketing, accounting, finance, economics, business administrative systems, computer science, programming, or any of the multimedia areas, then PBL is the club for you. We have also had members with majors in communication and journalism – everyone is welcome to join. If you haven’t declared a major yet, maybe you’ll find your calling through PBL!

Here are ways you can find us –
Facebook – facebook.com/sccpbl
Twitter – twitter.com/sccpbl (or @sccpbl)
Web – http://www.sccpbl.com/
Email – info@sccpbl.com
National PBL Web site - http://www.fbla-pbl.org/

The current SCC chapter of PBL began in November 2008 and wasted no time getting involved with community service, campus activities, and leadership conferences. That first winter and spring, we raised money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of St Charles and March for Babies, provided gifts for the Annual Holiday Adopt-A-Family program at Central Elementary School, sponsored a Resume Workshop on campus, attended an American Marketing Association Student Conference at Maryville University and Cardinals Career Day at Busch Stadium, and competed at both the Missouri PBL State Leadership Conference in Jefferson City, MO and at the PBL National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Last year, we co-sponsored (with Student Activities and the Social Science Club) a Debt Awareness Week with presentations each day at lunch time, an evening presentation, and the Big Money Game Show. We also co-sponsored (with Student Activities) Trouble Online: Campus Computing and The Law, a presentation by C.L. Lindsay which coincided with national FBLA-PBL Week. Area FBLA chapters were invited to campus, and we hosted about 100 members for sessions on Google Docs, Facebook in the Classroom, a campus tour, and lunch prior to the C.L. Lindsay event. We again worked with Central Elementary on their Holiday Adopt-A-Family project and raised money for March for Babies and participated and competed at the Missouri PBL State Leadership Conference and PBL National Leadership Conference, this time in Nashville, TN. At the national conference, Justin Hanna (our PBL Treasurer) placed in the top 10 in the nation in the Accounting for Professionals event. (check out the blog from July 14 for photos and info)

This year we plan to continue our community service involvement and sponsorship of campus events, as well as attending and competing at the state and national conferences. The state conference is always the last weekend in March in Jefferson City, MO; but the national conference rotates among four cities – Anaheim, CA; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; and San Antonio, TX. This summer it will be in Orlando, FL. While we welcome anyone to join us in organizing, planning, and participating in service projects and campus activities, you must be a paid member of the organization in order to participate in and compete at the PBL conferences. The membership dues are $25 per academic year and cover the national, state, and local dues all three.

PBL is a great way to gain leadership skills, network with professionals and like-minded students on campus and around the country, and add experience that will boost your resume. The club meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in Tech 110 at 3:00 p.m. Our next meeting is September 20. I hope to see you there!

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