Vance-Granville Community College

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Main Adviser: LaTonya Steele Co-Adviser: Carl Hann Chapter President: Theresa Chiplis
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VGCC A Member's Reflection

By:  Diane Power

For whatever reason, I feel the need to write to you and share my PBL experience, a testimonial so to speak.

My chapter at Vance Granville Community College is a perfect mix of PBL members and PD members of all ages and they are like a family, (some of them literally since both of my sons also joined PBL.)  One of the most meaningful experiences I’ve had since my boys were very small was seeing my sons on stage at State Leadership Conference receiving an award for their competitive event, pride welling up within me. Then, having all three of us qualify for Nationals in San Antonio was the “icing on the cake.”   I truly wish I had discovered PBL many years ago. My PBL journey has brought my through a whole new world!  I have learned so much about myself that I didn’t realize was possible. Without my PBL chapter, Chi Beta Chi, supporting and encouraging me, I would never have attempted some of the challenges that the competitions have presented. But through the competitions at the State and National levels I have become more confident in my skills, abilities, and knowledge.  Because of that, I have been able to overcome my insecurity that prevented me from socializing with people I did not know, allowing me to meet many interesting people from all over this country.  Whether it be waiting in line to get into a competition or sitting next to someone in a workshop, a conversation can be initiated and a new friendship could arise.  The comradely of the PBL organization makes it so much easier to step out of that comfort zone and reach out to a stranger because, after all, we are part of the same “family.”

In addition to all I have learned, achieved and accomplished through PBL, the places I have traveled like Orlando, Florida and San Antonio, Texas, I would NEVER have been able to go if it wasn’t for PBL.  I never imagined that I would see The Alamo, in person. My sons’ and I were able to visit San Antonio, TX together and share a wonderful experience.  Forever etched in my mind are the memories and images of the beautiful sights I’ve seen and the friendships that have been formed as a result of the unity PBL creates for its members.  My first year in the Chi Beta Chi Chapter, at SLC, I shared a room with a woman I did not know very well, except for seeing her at meetings from time to time, and we are now the closest of friends!

I am forever grateful for ALL my experiences in PBL, even the grueling hours, standing in the HOT sun, over a huge charcoal grill, along the edge of the track at the Charlotte Motor Speedway or passing out bottles of water to concert goers at an outdoor concert on a VERY hot, dry, dusty day just to raise funds for the Chapter to help offset the cost of attending conferences. There is no doubt in my mind that when my education is finished I will be a Professional Division member for life and I hope to be a very active, very involved one at that so I can help to ensure that many, many other students (young and old(er) will have an opportunity to experience FBLA-PBL!

Vance-Granville CC - Feb 2013

The Phi Beta Lambda organization at Vance Granville has been very busy this month. Our first line of business was to help celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving students and staff the opportunity to buy carnation flowers for their loved ones. Also, with the celebration of black month, VGCC chapter of PBL alongside VGCC was able to provide two food ordinated events. The first one with the help of PBL members was to provide slices of red velvet cake in the student lounge to staff and student alike. PBL members were able to interact more with the majority of the student population here on campus and inform them on what a great asset to their lives joining PBL will provide. The second one was a soul food special. Students and staff were encouraged to come and taste a vast variety of soul food in the civic center. This gave another opportunity for PBL members to get out there in our PBL shirts and interact with the regular student body and try to boost membership and let people out there understand what we do. Finally, one of our big this here in PBL to do is raise money for the march of dimes. We organized a fundraiser that is still taking place for members of staff to wear their favorite college team logos and paraphernalia with a little donation to the March of Dimes. There also is another part to it. Students can donate money towards teachers involved to wear their favorite team’s rival colors. Whichever teacher raise’s the least amount of money they have to wear their favorite team’s rival paraphernalia.

Vance-Granville CC - Mar 2013

The student members and the Professional Division members of the Chi Beta Chi Chapter from Vance Granville Community College have teamed up on several occasions to represent PBL and VGCC in Community Service.  

PD member Gabrielle Norfleet and Chapter Vice-President Diane Power volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern NC for their annual Walk to END Alzheimer’s where they assisted with numerous tasks.  PD Karen Driver assisted VP Diane Power in delivering “Blanket Bundles,” filled by chapter members, to a local drop-off location.  Blanket Bundles was a promotion sponsored by a local/national Radio Station to collect blankets, toiletries, and non-perishable foods for the homeless or those in dire situations.

Chi Beta Chi members will also be teaming with the Student Government Association of Vance Granville Community College to volunteer at the Annual Telethon for UNC-TV to raise funds to help cover the cost of keeping PBS television on the air.


VGCC Installs New Leaders

Vance-Granville Community College's Chi Beta Chi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, the business student organization, recently elected officers for the 2012-2013 year. New officers were installed and members were inducted at a ceremony on Sept. 14 on VGCC's Main Campus.

The officers include president Theresa Chiplis of Norlina, vice president Diane Power of Oxford, and reporter/historian David Henry of Macon. The chapter advisor is Business Administration instructor LaTonya Steele and the co-advisors are Business Administration/Accounting/Entrepreneurship program head Carl Hann, Jr. and South Campus Business Administration instructor Delton Farmer.

Neili Eggert, a Mitchell Community College student and state president of North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda, was the special guest at the ceremony and performed the formal installation of officers and induction of members. In addition to students, several VGCC faculty, staff members and alumni became "professional division" members.

"Phi Beta Lambda is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world," said Theresa Chiplis. "PBL ignites innovation by sparking confidence, leadership skills and networking contacts in its members. Together we are going to work hard, achieve our goals, and ultimately make it to the 2013 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California, where we will make Vance-Granville Community College proud with our accomplishments."

In closing remarks, VGCC Dean of Business and Applied Technologies Bobby Van Brunt congratulated the new officers and offered his support for the chapter. "Over the past four years, this chapter has won many awards, bringing great recognition to VGCC and our students," Van Brunt said. "The bar has been set high, but you, the new officers, represent a vanguard of new leadership, and I look forward to another successful year."