Business Students Honored at Leadership Conference

NDSU College of Business students won honors at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference held March 22-23 in Bismarck, North Dakota. The conference featured student competitions, networking opportunities and presentations from industry leaders. The NDSU PBL Chapter was recognized as the Dorothy L. Travis Outstanding Chapter. The Chapter was also recognized as a gold level PBL chapter, received the Bridging the Gap Award, placed first for their Local Chapter Annual Business Report, and was awarded Largest Percentage of Retention in Local Chapter Membership. 


NDSU students earned five first place awards and three second place awards. Winners include:

  • Jasmin Kaempfer, chapter president and senior majoring in marketing and global business, earned first in Marketing Concepts and second in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.She was honored as a NDSU Who’s Who Award recipient and was recognized for her completion of the Director level of the Career and Membership Achievement Program.
  • Casondra Rutschke, graduate student in business administration, received first place and a cash prize in Administrative Technology, first place in Business Communications, and second place in the Job Interview. She was honored as a State Officer Who's Who Award recipient and North Dakota Who's Who Award recipient.
  • Katelin Teegarden, a senior majoring in accounting, received first place in Accounting Principles and second place in Business Law. She was recognized for her completion of the Director level of the Career and Membership Achievement Program.
  • Hunter Pogatchnik, a senior majoring in marketing, received first place and a cash prize in Entrepreneurship Concepts.
  • Tate Russel, senior in management, was unable to attend but was honored as a NDSU Who's Who Award recipient and for his completion of the Director Level of the Career and Membership Achievement Program.
  • Allie Giesler, a sophomore majoring in accounting, and Lindsey Narum, a marketing junior, were also unable to attend but were honored for their completion of the Director Level of the Career and Membership Achievement Program.
  • PBL Chapter Adviser Andrea Smith was recognized as the North Dakota PBL Outstanding Local Chapter Adviser.

Students put their skills to use and learned about sports marketing and management at the Bismarck Bobcats Hockey Game. “NDSU students were able to network with students from across the region, build a portfolio of documented accomplishments and utilize their skills gained in the classroom in real life scenarios,” said Rutschke.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.


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