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Midland University business students earn honors at national conference

Midland University business students earn honors at national conference

Jul 6th , 2017

Four Midland University business students recently brought home honors from the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference. They were among the more than 1,800 of America’s best and brightest college students who competed for the opportunity to win more than $95,000 in cash awards.

Participants from across the United States attended the conference, held June 24-27 in Anaheim, California, to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in 60 business and business-related competitive events.

Axel Klausen from Omaha and Anna Watts from Ogallala, Nebraska, earned a tenth-place finish in the Forensic Accounting event. Working as a team, Klausen, who will be a junior, and Watts, who will be a senior, had to prepare a presentation based on a case study they received at the national event. 

Danielle Martin of Lamars, Iowa, and Jonathan Quintanilla of Fremont, Nebraska, finished in the top 15 in their events. Martin, who will be a sophomore, placed in Management Analysis and Decision Marking and also competed in Accounting Principles. Quintanilla, who will be a sophomore, placed in Global Analysis and Decision Making.

“I am quite proud of our Midland students finishing as strongly as they did in their particular events,” said Rita Bristol, Midland’s PBL advisor. “This is a testament to the quality of business education our students are receiving at Midland University.”

Attending the national event was a learning opportunity for the students, who said they were honored to represent Midland University.

“It felt amazing going to the NLC as a Midland Warrior,” Quintanilla said. “Coming to Anaheim and competing for Midland along with many others from across the country, especially as a freshman, was overwhelming at first. But I thought to myself that this is my time to prove that I belong in something like this. I did the best I could and am happy with the results.”

“I cannot wait to represent Midland in the upcoming years,” added Martin. “While I was there, I didn’t just have fun. I was there to learn, and I did.”

Klausen and Watts received national recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program at the end of the conference. 

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

FBLA-PBL is the largest career student organization in the world with more than 230,000 members. PBL is the collegiate division of FBLA with 500 chapters across the United States and 10,000 members.

At Midland’s Dunklau School of Business, students gain practical, real-world knowledge from a faculty with a combined 50-plus years in business. Students have opportunities to study accounting, business education, general business, management, management information systems and marketing.