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July 5, 2011

PBL students receive national recognition at Leadership Conference


PBLWith more than 1,700 of America’s best and brightest college students on hand to showcase their talents as future business leaders and vie for the opportunity to win over $90,000 in cash awards, five Cowley College students received national recognition at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL, June 23-26.

Participants from around the country were in attendance for the conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.
Jordan Lukert, Haley Rouleau, Ashley Andes, Krista Cross, and Reese Blaylock from Cowley College in Arkansas City received PBL Awards of Excellence. The team of Lukert, Rouleau, Andes, Cross, and Blaylock competed in Parliamentary Procedures and brought home eighth place. In this event, the students participated in a one hour objective test which qualified them for the finals. The finals consisted of a case problem where the team simulated a regular chapter meeting based on Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised (Copyright 2000).

“I am extremely proud of my students for their hard work and achievement at Nationals. It was very rewarding to experience their reactions on stage when their names were announced,” said Sarah Mathews, Cowley College PBL advisor.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active 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. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. For more information, visit

Pictured, from left, Haley Rouleau, Krista Cross, Jordan Lukert, Ashley Andes, Reese Blaylock, and PBL advisor Sarah Mathews.