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The NCPBL Executive Edge Volume 49, Issue 1

Fall 2018


Durham Technical CC - Fall 2018

The Delta Beta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda continues our tradition of service and activities. We have been very productive since our last report. Durham Tech PBL teamed up with Durham Tech's chapter of Gamma Beta Phi to hold a book drive to be donated to BookHarvest in Durham North Carolina. Durham Tech PBL member Kim Green received the award for most community service hours completed by an individual student at Durham Tech's Student Government Association Banquet. Chapter President Emilia Arrington was also recognized for Outstanding Student Leadership in service to Durham Tech PBL. We finished off our semester with our annual club outing to a Durham Bulls game in May.


We had five members attend the State Leadership Conference in April where Chapter Vice President Christopher McDuff ran for State President. All 5 members who attended SLC placed high enough to qualify for NLC, our chapter was recognized for completing TLLA. Emilia Arrington was recognized at NLC for completion of the President’s Level of CMAP. Durham Tech PBL received the Outstanding Chapter Award at NLC as well. This is the second year in a row that chapter has received this distinction. Our Chapter had several winners at NLC taking home the following awards: Charles Lucas & Kim Green placed 3rd in the nation in Network Design, Kim Green placed 2nd in the nation for Help Desk, Christopher McDuff placed 9th in the nation for Cybersecurity and Christopher Kenestrick placed 6th in the nation in this event as well.


We Started our 2018-2019 year off with a membership drive at Durham Tech’s annual Welcome Mania at which we managed to attract several new members. We held elections in September and have a full officer team who is ready and committed to serving its members to the best of their ability. Durham Tech PBL has continued its strong commitment to community by donating several hundred pounds of food the Durham Tech Food Pantry Drive. Furthermore, Durham Tech PBL partnered with the Museum of Life & Science in Durham to volunteer at the Museum’s Annual Pumpkin Patch. Members of Durham Tech PBL helped Museum Staff aiding in such activities as Pumpkin Decorating, Temporary Tattoos, Ring Toss, and the Pumpkin Patch itself. Furthermore, Durham Tech PBL took time to raise awareness for March of Dimes by having a table at Durham Tech’s annual Student Health fare.


Our Chapter is rolling right along with its yearly activities having recently attended NC PBL’s annual FLDC. Durham Tech PBL took 5 members and 2 advisors to FLDC where our members participated in various workshops, a scholarship interview, nontrivial, and the recruitment display competition. Durham Tech PBL member Kim Green led a workshop Saturday morning titled gamaification as part of her commitment to completing both the executive and presidential levels of CMAP. Our Chapter placed 3rd in the Recruitment Display Competition. We finished off FLDC by being award the Gold Star Chapter Distinction.



Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC - Fall 2018

The Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is working hard this fall to prepare for the year. We have elected a great group of officers to Create, Lead, and Inspire members to participate in our upcoming projects. We have bi-weekly meetings to ensure proper communication and send out information discussed to members who could not attend. 


Using different events on campus, we have recruited new and old members to join our chapter. We are working with the Asheville Space and Science museum to hold a STEM based arts and crafts events to educate middle school students. We will be working with the Pre-Pharmacy club at UNCA and finding a local business to sponsor our event. We have continued our campus clothing closet, The Locker, that provides professional clothing for students and members of the Asheville community. We are also in the planning phase of a few other community service projects.


We completed a fundraising event that offered a fun and exciting time for members, students, and faculty on our campus. It was the first annual A-B Tech Halloween costume contest. Participants paid $5 as individuals or groups and we took their photos. The winner received a gift basket full of different gift certificates donates by local businesses. We are currently planning our annual holiday wreath sale and are working on finding a local business to allow us to sell our wreaths outside of their establishment. We look forward to finding new fundraising opportunities before SLC. 


Rowan-Cabarrus CC - Fall 2018

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College celebrated American Enterprise Day by bringing in a guest speaker. Her name is Clarissa Bradley and she is from an organization known as, The Lady C.P.A. Network. We asked Clarissa to come and speak to us and students on campus about her organization, as well as, what it means for her to be a part of the financial world. 


So, what does the C.P.A. in The Lady C.P.A. Network stand for? It stands for Confident, Professional, and Accomplished. That is exactly what this organization represents. They help mentor, teach, and sponsor women all over the United States to succeed in the Financial and Business world. The Lady C.P.A. Network offers scholarships that are sponsored from other companies all over.


Clarissa Bradley originally wanted to be a teacher. A fourth-grade math teacher to be exact. After she attend a sit in, in a classroom, she realized that she did not want to be a teacher and was not sure what she wanted to do. She ended up looking into Accounting. She got her degree and worked at the State Employees Credit Union for three years. She then made her way into bookkeeping and is now a Controller. She loves what she does and travels all over to speak to other college students to help drive them to be successful no matter what they do.


Clarissa Bradley spoke to the students of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College about her journey from wanting to be a teacher to becoming a successful Controller. She has persevered in the Accounting career, even after hearing so many companies tell her no when she applied. She spoke about not giving up and that if you want something, you must push yourself. Clarissa also spoke about making connections and closing gaps in society and to be willing to be the bridge that connects others to help ourselves and those around us to succeed. We truly enjoyed Clarissa speaking and she will be back in the Spring.


Isothermal CC - Fall 2018

The Isothermal Chapter of PBL has been off to a great start this year. Four members of our team traveled to Greensboro, NC for the Fall Leadership Development Conference where we competed in the non-trivia event and the Recruitment Display. While we are sad to say that we did not win the non-trivia event, we did place first in the Recruitment Display event.


Things have been extremely busy around campus also! PBL has held its first 2 fundraisers, the first of many to come! The club raised a little over $800 during our Chick-Fil-A day (this was a first for our club), and we raised around $150 during the community’s own Octoberfest. We still have many fundraisers to go. We will be selling concessions at the school’s Robotics Tournament in December, and we also host an annual chili-fundraiser on campus in January or February depending on the weather.


Last, but not least, community service events are in full swing around town as well. We are currently in the middle of our annual Salvation Army Angel Tree, and we are partnering with the Uncommon Mentors on campus to collect new and gently used clothing for one of the local elementary schools. Additionally, we are collecting small lap blankets for our local Hospice House. Needless to say, PBL is doing everything we can to stay busy within our community and around campus. We are constantly building awareness of our local chapter through our outreach events and fundraising opportunities.


Stanly CC - Fall 2018

It has been a busy summer and fall for Stanly Community College PBL.


Baltimore, even the van trip there, was a lot of fun, and we were proud to be 8 of the NC delegates in attendance.  We were also glad that Amy Ray, a former SCC PBL president (now at UNC-Charlotte), was elected a national officer.  Go Amy!


We did a planning meeting in late summer and elected Monica Chang as president for the upcoming year.


Our first fall activity was a sad one as we said “goodbye” to Ms. Dana Chaney, a wonderful co-adviser for the past two years.  Ms. Chaney has gone into an HR consulting business.  We will miss her but she’s already a PD-F member!


PBL hosted a voter registration on campus and is one of the student organizations on campus co-sponsoring a coat drive.


For American Enterprise Day we visited the Stanly County Small Business Center, the Albemarle Downtown Development Corporation, and the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.  The Small Business Center director is Alicia Freeman Herrin, a former PBL member and state Public Speaking event winner.  The President & CEO of the Chamber is Kathy Almond, a former SCC PBL chapter president. 


We also did a display in the library lobby of jobs that no longer exist and some of the newest job titles:  Disaster Master, MeToo Consultant, and Mood Director, for example.


Monica and State Vice President Giselle Chavez were asked by the college to be two of four students to meet with ED-NC representatives during their visit to campus. 


Seven members and Mr. Hazlett attended the Fall Leadership Development Conference, where we were one of the three finalists in the NON-Trivia Contest and received Second Place in the chapter recruitment display contest.  We also had our picture made with Ms. Brown, the first state president, when we received a Gold Star Chapter award.


Best wishes to all the other chapters.  We look forward to seeing you at SLC!