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Main Adviser: Dr. Herb Brown Co-Adviser:  Dr. Sam Fomby Chapter President: Jenny Zheng
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Appalachian State University - Spring 2017

The following events have been completed by the Appalachian State Phi Beta Lambda chapter this year.


Primo's Dinner Fundraiser – On November 30, 2016 the Appalachian State PBL chapter partnered with a local business to fundraise for the NC PBL State Leadership Conference.


Phi Beta Lambda Week -During the week of February 5th – February 10th of 2017, our PBL chapter participated in different activities that included: "Share your FBLA story day", "Member Spotlight", "Professional Attire Day", Community Service Day, and Career Awareness.


WCOB Service Week – In the forthcoming week of April 23rd – April 29th of 2017, our PBL chapter will be competing against other Walker College of Business clubs to have the greatest amount of service hours.  The chapter plans to participate in Adopt a Highway, have a canned food drive to help local food pantries, and hold an event to raise awareness for March of Dimes for Babies.


Fall Leadership Conference – Three members from the chapter attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Greensboro, NC on November 18th and 19th.


Appalachian State University - Fall 2016

The Appalachian State University Phi Beta Lambda chapter has been having an extremely productive semester thus far. As of October 27, 2016, we have 25 paid members. Our executive board consists of the following individuals:

  • President- John Vines
  • Executive Vice President- Madeline Roach
  • Vice President of Membership- Abby Young
  • Vice President of Marketing- Josh Paszke-Guerra
  • Vice President of Service- Dalton Peeler
  • Vice President of Professional Development- Grace Williams
  • Historian-Jenny Zheng

The following events have been completed by the PBL chapter:

  • March of Dimes- The club had a planning meeting on October 11 to compose the flyers and purple ribbons for the March of Dimes Event. Members learned about how to raise awareness for prematurity and volunteered to sign up for the day of the event. 

  • Homecoming- The club’s homecoming chair held an information session and planning meeting on October 20 to inform club members about the opportunities and events Appalachian State Homecoming offered. Members spoke about participating in the parade, creating a banner, and volunteering at the Homecoming Blood Drive. Over 500 volunteers, and over 1300 donors came out to carry on Appalachian’s Life Saving Legacy and collect 1,235 pints of blood! We are proud to say, the Phi Beta Lambda Chapter was able to contribute to such an amazing event. 

  • Phi Beta Lambda Adopt a Street Clean Up Day- The Phi Beta Lambda chapter has set up
    two clean-up days each semester in order to give back to the great Watauga community
    that has given us so much. Our first clean-up day was September 17, and our second is
    set to be October 28.

  • Member Induction Ceremony- On October 18, 2016, all officers and members of the
    2016-2017 school year was officially inducted. 

  • Guest Speaker Presentation: Speedway LLC- Speedway company was one of the many professional development speakers that are scheduled for this year. Representatives from the company visited on September 6, and informed members about the internship opportunities that were available over the summer. The next day, the Walker College of Business held a Career Fair, and Speedway offered three of our members a summer internship!

In addition, below are pictures from select events and more information can be found on our website at  


Appalachian State University - Spring 2016

The Beta Phi Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda at Appalachian State University is off to a strong start in 2016! So far this year, we have dedicated time to recruiting new members via various club fairs on campus. These efforts resulted in an increase in membership from Fall semester. In February, new members were inducted, welcomed to the organization, and presented with a chapter T-shirt designed by our officers and sponsored by The Cottages of Boone. This semester, in addition to recruitment activities, we participated in National FBLA-PBL Week and National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month.

This February, Appalachian members participated in several FBLA-PBL Week activity days including Each One Reach One, Professional Attire, Adviser Appreciation, Career Awareness, and FBLA-PBL Spirit. Two highlights of week were Adviser Appreciation Day and Career Awareness Day. We showed Dr. Finnell how much we appreciated her by taking her to dinner and showering her with a few of her favorite things. For Career Awareness Day, we hosted representatives from Aerotek (staffing firm) and GEICO (insurance company). They spoke to members about building your brand, interviewing, career opportunities available within their companies, and their experiences working for the companies.

To promote Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, Appalachian members participated in the Western Region North Carolina Technology Student Association Conference held February 26 at Appalachian State University. Members judged business-related projects and scored other prejudged projects. Several of Appalachian’s members will continue to serve and promote CTE and FBLA-PBL by assisting with the North Carolina FBLA State Leadership Conference in Greensboro later in March. At this conference, members will act as administrators for the competitive events portion of the conference. This is an event that Appalachian participates in annually.

In an effort to finish the semester strong, we have plans to raise funds for the March of Dimes and conduct at least two Adopt-a-Highway cleanups. We also plan to participate in the North Carolina PBL State Leadership Conference in Charlotte in April. Appalachian State University is very excited to continue connecting with others throughout the state in hopes of gaining a spot at the National Leadership Conference in Atlanta this summer! 

Appalachian State University - Fall 2015

The Beta Phi chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) at Appalachian State University has accomplished many goals thus far this semester. For the 2015-2016 academic year, Appalachian has a state officer: McKenzie Worley. McKenzie is the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda Western Region Vice President. In that role, on September 24th, McKenzie led the Western region Kick-Off Meeting at Appalachian State's Belk Library. At this meeting, multiple schools from the Western region travelled to Boone to discuss local, state, and national goals. Students and advisors who attended were able to network with others in the process. The schools in attendance were Appalachian State University, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Gaston College, Isothermal Community College, Lenior Rhyne University, and Western Carolina University.

On October 8th, chapter members connected with the Boone community by participating in the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Adopt-a-Highway program and cleaning an adopted road. Four times a year the chapter cleans Winklers Creek Road. On the same day as the street cleanup, the chapter partnered with Tucker's Café, a local eatery, to a host a fundraiser. For the month of October, funds raised from the partnership fundraisers with Tucker's will go to assist students with paying for state and national conference expenses in order to ensure everyone can attend. In the upcoming weeks, Appalachian will be volunteering at F.A.R.M. Café, a local non-profit pay-what-you-can community kitchen. Our members will volunteer as servers, hosts, and dishwashers to ensure that the natives of Boone are able to eat, regardless of means.

Lastly for this semester, Appalachian is planning trips to the Fall Leadership Development Conference in Greensboro, NC and the National Fall Leadership Conference in Charleston, SC. Our members are excited to further develop their leadership skills from the workshops they'll attend, network with other chapters to establish professional contacts, and become more involved with this wonderful organization. We're looking forward to the remainder of the semester and are excited to see how things go.

Appalachian State University - Fall 2013

Phi Beta Lambda off to a great start at Appalachian State University.

For the past two weeks, the Phi Beta Lambda chapter at Appalachian State University has shown commitment to putting PBL’s service goal into action. On Friday, October 4, as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program, eight members, along with their adviser, beautified the Appalachian region by cleaning a street in Boone. That sunny day, members collected 10 bags full of trash and made the country even prettier. Then five days later, on October 9, the chapter conducted a Krispy Kreme fund raiser to help raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes. Members sold 25 dozens of doughnuts. All the proceeds will be donated at the High Country March for Babies where members will walk on November 2. This is just a start; the Appalachian State University PBL chapter is planning to do many more activities to benefit the community this semester.