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19 Peru State Students Headed for National Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference in San Antonio

PSC chapter honored with statewide Gold Excellence Award for commitment to service


(Peru, Neb.) Nineteen members of Peru State College’s (PSC) chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), a state and national business association, will represent Nebraska at the association’s National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, in June.

The students earned a trip to nationals after placing in a variety of competitive events at the 2012 Nebraska Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference in Kearney.

PSC President Dan Hanson said, “These students have shown a real desire to understand all of the nuances of business, which will ultimately help prepare them for future careers in the industry. This is a tough competition, so it’s a testament to the quality of students we have here at Peru State to have 19 qualify for nationals. We are proud of their outstanding accomplishments.”

The competition focused on a wide range of business-related tests, including subjects ranging from financial analysis and economic concepts to human resource management and business ethics. Typically, the top three places in objective testing events automatically qualify for national competition; the two places in performance events qualify for national competition. Since national participants can only compete in two events, other PSC students who placed in the statewide competition have an opportunity to move up in the rankings and compete at nationals.

Individual Events
PSC’s top finishers in the individual competition at the state level are listed below alphabetically by hometown, along with their year and major.

Andrew Staudt - Senior, Marketing
5th place Future Business Executive
7th place Retail Management

Alex Klippert – Senior, Criminal Justice Administration and Psychology
2nd place Justice Administration
4th place Statistical Analysis
8th place Word Processing

Fort Dodge
Michael Mulroney - Junior, Human Performance Systems Management
1st place International Business
3rd place Retail Management
4th place Management Concepts
Who’s Who in Nebraska PBL Award
*Mulroney is the reigning national champion in the category of Justice Administration.

Lees Summit
David Farmer - Junior, Human Performance Systems Management
4th place Project Management

Johnathan Beal- Sophomore, Computer Management Information Systems
2nd place Business Law
7th place Networking Concepts
8th place Accounting Principles

Deborah Trecek - Senior, Marketing
1st place Marketing Concepts
1st place Retail Management
*Trecek placed seventh nationally last year in the Integrated Marketing Campaign category.

Preston Bruss - Senior, Business Administration
1st place Justice Administration

Preston Sunneberg – Sophomore, Marketing
6th place Contemporary Sports Issues

Mallory Lempka – Senior, Marketing
Who’s Who in Nebraska PBL Award
CMAP Executive Level
*Mallory won fifth place last year at nationals in the Future Business Executive category.

Tricia Lempka – Junior, Criminal Justice Counseling and Psychology
5th place Telecommunications
6th place Justice Administration
8th place Financial Concepts
*Tricia as part of a three-person team that placed seventh in the Community Service Project category at last year’s national competition.

Mary Ellen Martin - Junior, Elementary and Special Education
6th place Management Concepts

Shawon Nixon – Senior, Human Performance Systems Management and Marketing
3rd place Impromptu Speaking
5th place Marketing Concepts
5th place Retail Management

Jamie Theye – Senior, Business Marketing and Information Technology
4th place Marketing Concepts

Will Fogle - Senior, Computer Management Information Systems
1st place Computer Concepts
1st place Cyber Security
2nd place Accounting Principles
2nd place Networking Concepts
* Fogle is the reigning national champion in the category of Database Design & Applications. He also won second place honors last year in the Computer Applications category.

Steele City
Josh West-Lesher – Junior, Accounting
4th place Marketing Analysis & Decision Making
5th place Human Resource Management
7th place Business Law

Kesha Beethe - Junior, Sport Management and Exercise Science
2nd place Client Services
2nd place Job Interview

Andrew Conn - Senior, Secondary Business Education
1st place Job Interview
1st place Sales Presentation
3rd place Future Business Executive
4th place Help Desk

Team Events
PSC’s top finishers in the team competition at the state level are listed below alphabetically. If not previously listed, their year, major and hometown are included.

Kesha Beethe, Mary Martin & Jamie Theye
1st place Community Service Project

Preston Bruss, Alex Klippert & Mallory Lempka
3rd place Human Resource Management

Andrew Conn, Mike Mulroney & Andrew Staudt
4th place Business Presentation

Mallory Lempka & Mike Mulroney
1st place Business Ethics

Mallory Lempka & Andrew Staudt
1st place Small Business Management Plan

Mallory Lempka & Rachel Rippe - Senior, Graphic Design and Business Administration - Johnson
4th place Desktop Publishing

Mary Martin & Jamie Theye
2nd place Strategic Analysis & Decision Making

Richard Oppitz – Senior, Computer Management Information Systems - Topeka, Kan. & Paige Riza – Junior, Marketing - Ravenna, Texas
1st place Digital Video Production
2nd place Network Design
4th place Financial Services

The Peru State chapter of PBL as a whole was honored at the statewide conference with the Gold Excellence Award for their commitment to the organization by participating in various community service projects and other activities.

PSC Assistant Professor of Business Sheri Grotrian-Ryan was recognized as Nebraska’s Advisor of the Year.

Grotrian-Ryan came to PSC in 2002. She has taught courses in employee training & development, principles of marketing, promotion, consumer behavior, retail management & merchandising, marketing management, marketing strategies, organizational behavior, human resources management, human resource development and production/operations management. She is a member of the Marketing Management Association, Academy of Human Resource Development and the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management.

Grotrian-Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration marketing & management from PSC, a master’s in business administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) and is the process of completing a Ph.D. in education leadership with a concentration in human resource development at UNL.