(Left to right) San Jacinto College Phi Beta Lambda students Melissa Slataper, Chris Ming, and Ivan Quiñones placed in the top 10 national winners of the 2012 National Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing department.
Students ranked in national top 10 at annual Phi Beta Lambda leadership conference
Andrea Vasquez-- July 3, 2012
HOUSTON — Three San Jacinto College students recently placed within the top 10 at the 2012 National Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference held June 23 – June 27 in San Antonio, Texas.
Phi Beta Lambda is a non-profit national education association that prepares students for careers in business or business-related fields through teaching leadership, communication, and team building skills. Twelve San Jacinto College students competed at the national level at this year’s leadership conference with three students in the top 10. The competition was against other two-year and four-year institutions in more than 50 events, including topics such as accounting skills, economics, graphic design, game development, digital media production, job interview skills, management skills, and word processing. Ivan Quiñones placed second in the Future Business Executive competition; Melissa Slataper placed fourth in the Business Communication competition; and Chris Ming placed fourth in the Place Information Management and fifth in the Place Project Management competitions.
Every year, the College has at least one student place nationally, but this year broke the College record with three students placing in the top 10. Ming was the first two-event winner. Additionally, Quiñones, Jeremy Alvarado, Luis Sosa, and Ikenna Ikpeama won first place as a team in the Shark Tank competition, beating out 14 other national teams.
Student advisors Kristy McAuliffe and Elizabeth McKinley, both business professors at the San Jacinto College South Campus, are proud of what the students have accomplished this year. “It is such a pleasure to work with the dedicated students of Phi Beta Lambda,” said McAuliffe. “All of our students were diligent in preparing for their competitions and learned leadership, communication, community service, and teamwork skills. It's a pure joy to see all of their hard work pay off."
For more information on PBL and other San Jacinto College student organizations, visit www.sanjac.edu/student-organizations.
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