Heartland students recognized at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

April 19, 2016

Heartland’s business organization, Phi Beta Lambda, received ten awards at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference, held April 8-9, 2016 in Effingham, Illinois. At the conference, students competed in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Joshua Atkins, Orlando Garza, Mark Gruhlke, Susie Ricketts, Ryan Shoemaker, Darin Trout and Mitch Walden represented the College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda and received the following awards:

  • Largest Local Chapter Membership (Third Place): Heartland Community College
  • Administrative Technology (Second Place): Susie Ricketts
  • Business Communications (First Place): Susie Ricketts
  • Business Law (First Place): Orlando Garza
  • Business Law (Second Place): Darin Trout
  • Community Service Project (Second Place): Ryan Shoemaker and Darin Trout
  • Computer Applications (First Place): Susie Ricketts
  • Job Interview (Second Place): Mark Gruhlke
  • Local Chapter Annual Business Report (Second Place): Ryan Shoemaker and Darin Trout
  • Personal Finance (First Place): Susie Ricketts

Heartland students competed against 16 other colleges and universities. According to Linda Lambert, advisor for Phi Beta Lambda, the competition included lengthy reports, objective and hands-on application exams, interviewing, speeches and presentations.

“We are proud of this group’s accomplishments,” said Lambert. “The results are from a collective effort of our faculty and students with support from our administration and business partners. They all helped our students be more, do more and achieve more.”

The award-winning students now qualify to compete at the national Phi Beta Lambda conference in Atlanta, Georgia June 24-27. Awards include cash prizes and scholarships. Additionally, attendees will participate in various workshops and network with business leaders and other students from around the country.

About Phi Beta Lambda

Phi Beta Lambda is a national business organization. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Heartland’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda includes 29 members. With the support of business partners within the community, members receive leadership training, attend conferences, compete in events, network with business professionals and take part in field trips.

Phi Beta Lambda Students

(Pictured left to right)

Row 1: Susie Ricketts; Ryan Shoemaker; Orlando Garza; Joshua Atkins

Row 2: Mark Gruhlke; Mitch Walden; Darin Trout

Written by: Becky Gropp