Ashford University Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Recognized for Membership Increase

PBL Members Receive Awards at State Conference

Ashford University’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization has been recognized for the largest percentage increase (90%) in local chapter members during the 2009 PBL State Leadership Conference.  Ashford students also received several awards during the conference held on March 6 and 7 at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. 

Phi Beta Lambda is a national organization for students interested in pursuing a business career; however, membership is not exclusive to business majors. 

PBL members from around the state – representing nine colleges and universities –  gathered for a social at the UNI Wellness Center on Friday evening and competed in objective tests, written reports and oral presentations during the two day conference.  Participants also heard from a motivational speaker about “creating opportunities in this tough economic environment” and attended an awards banquet on Saturday evening. 

Attending the conference from Ashford University were students Nate Billany, Tim Farmer, Mac Larsen, Kelsey McCausland, Cassie Broderick, Eduardo Garza, Kyle Mantick, Mike Rosselli, Keegan Maxwell, Keith Caldwell and Christina Justice, as well as advisors Diane Cornilsen and David Ward. 

Winning first place awards were Cassie Broderick and Kelsey McCausland for Community Service Written Report/Presentation and Keegan Maxwell for Network Concepts.  

Taking second place awards were Mac Larsen for Business Law, Kyle Mantick for Contemporary Sports Issues, and Eduardo Garza and Mac Larsen for Human Resources. Mike Rosselli had two second place finishes in Cyber Security and Justice Administration. 

In addition, Christina Justice placed third in Word Processing, while Keith Caldwell placed fourth in Justice Administration. Keegan Maxwell also took home a fifth place finish in Financial Analysis and Decision. 

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas.  The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton campus.  Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, and psychology.  The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutionsIts tagline is: “Higher Education Made Affordable”SM.  For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, Director of Public Relations, at 858/513-9240 x2513.