Southwest Baptist University’s Computer and Information Sciences Department (CIS) students in Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competed successfully in various categories at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference held in Chicago, Ill. More than 1,800 students attended the event.
SBU’s nine competing students were coached by CIS instructor Meilani Conley. Students qualified for the national competition based upon their performance at the state level.
“I am excited to see our students receive recognition for their hard work on the national stage,” said Conley. “The SBU PBL team accomplishments on the state and national level show our students’ remarkable academic talent. I could not have asked for a better group of students to represent SBU.”
Regan Katz, a junior computer information science major from Hampton, Iowa, finished in second place in Project Management and fourth place in Information Management. Sophomore Emily Woods (Osceola, Mo.) and sophomore Kenzie Booker (Carthage, Mo.) placed fourth in Business Presentation. Junior Kelli McNabb (Clever, Mo.) placed fifth in Mobile Application Development. Junior Maura Sturguess (Bolivar, Mo.), junior David Thomas (Monett, Mo.), sophomore Rebecca Brandon (Alton, Mo.), senior Steven Harris (Bolivar, Mo.), and senior Matt Shaffer (O’Fallon, Ill.) also competed at the national level.
FBLA-PBL is a nonprofit education association with 250,000 members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
SBU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences houses five full-time faculty members and more than 110 students majoring in computer science, information science or web systems and design. Among evangelically Christian institutions, SBU is one of the leading producers of software engineers in the United States.