Business Chair Grunder
State PBL Advisor of Year
Beverly Grunder, advisor for Cowley’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter for the past four years, was selected as Outstanding State Advisor of the Year during the state conference Feb. 28 and March 1 in Salina. “I was very surprised, flattered, and very honored,” Grunder said of the award. “It makes you feel like you’re successful working with students and that you can relate to the students.”
Grunder began working at Cowley in 1990 as an instructor in the Business and Service Technology Department. She became chair of that department in 1997. She holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from Southwestern College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, also from Southwestern. Prior to working at Cowley, Grunder was a stay-at-home mother. She and her husband Allen, who works for the Kansas Department of Transportation, live in Winfield.
Under Grunder’s leadership, Cowley’s PBL chapter has grown from seven students in 1998 to 26 today. Her students nominated the Pratt area native for the state advisor award. During the spring semester, Grunder taught 24 credit hours of accounting, everything from fundamentals to managerial. She also served as academic advisor to 45 Cowley students. She will be honored again at the national conference in Nashville, Tenn., June 23-27.