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NKU Business Students Win 15 State Awards

PBL students

April 22, 2019— Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) student business organization continued to dominate the Kentucky State Leadership Conference.  NKU’s 10 students all placed in their competitions and move on to the National Leadership Conference in June.

Kentucky State Leadership Conference hosted over 150 members competing in more than 50 events. The conference gives students the opportunity tocompete academically against their peers by taking examinations and giving presentations in multiple business related disciplines. It also helps them develop leadership and professional skills. NKU sophomore Katie Mitchell served as an officer for the Kentucky PBL chapter and coordinated the state conference.

The Haile/USBank College of Business Phi Beta Lambda chapter aims to bring business and education together through innovative leadership and career development programs. PBL is open to any student who is interested in building their professional skills.

“I’m so proud of all of our members for placing at state and continuing the tradition of NKU doing very well at the Kentucky conference. Seeing our members place in the top 3 in their competitions is impressive,” said Emily Kuderer, NKU’s chapter president. “It's a great way for the students to use what they've learned in class and shows how passionate the members are about PBL.” 

1st Place Finishes

-Korbin Florer:  Decision Making

-Madison Kalb & Korbin Florer:  Small Business Management Plan 

-Taylor Gagne:  Contemporary Sports Issues and Sports Management & Marketing

-Emily Kuderer: Accounting Analysis and Decision Making

-Katie Mitchell:  Sales Presentation

-Ethan Patton:  Management Concepts

-Kathleen Pfeffer:  Accounting for Professionals

-Roby Witt: Human Resources Management

2nd Place Finishes

-Emily Kuderer:  Personal Finance 

-Rachel Franzen:  Project Management

-Jessica Wert: Entrepreneurship Concepts

3rd Place Finishes

-Ethan Patton: Marketing Concepts

NKU also received recognition for having the largest number increase in membership, largest percent increase in membership and largest local chapter membership. They placed second in the Outstanding Local Chapter category.

NKU PBL meetings are every other Thursday in the Business Academic Center. Visit their social media at @nku_pbl for more information.

About the Haile/US Bank College of Business: With more than 2,000 students, the Haile/US Bank College of Business’ goal is to educate and connect with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati business community by delivering globally relevant, innovative and sustainable programs and practices. The college offers 12 undergraduate degrees and three masters level programs. For more information, visit its website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit