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UNIBusiness Phi Beta Lambda team finds success at spring state competition

July 15, 2019 - 1:12pm
UNIBusiness Editor
Phi Beta Lambda Competition Photo

The UNIBusiness Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) organization had a successful showing at the state PBL competition on March 29 and 30 in Coralville, Iowa. Six students competed in 17 events and placed in 12 of them — every student placed in at least one competition. UNIBusiness also won five events.

To make it to the national competition on June 24-27, students had to finish in the top two in an event. Four of the six UNI students qualified for the national competition in San Antonio: Cassie Zinnel, Hannah Dash, Madison Eberhard and Mackenzie Jepsen. Zinnel was the only one who attended, competing in the business law competition.

PBL is the college-level version of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the largest career student business organization in the world. UNI’s Alpha Chapter holds the distinction of being the first PBL chapter in 1958. The chapter was reactivated during the 2018-19 school year and had six members, all first-year students at the time.

“[The competition] was pretty beneficial because we were able to compete against other students from across the state,” Zinnel said. “We were also able to tour local businesses and get a little background information about them.”

Zinnel competed in the 2018 PBL national competition as a student in community college. She placed 10th in forensic accounting with her partner. While she didn’t place in the top 10 in 2019, Zinnel is grateful for the experience and networking opportunities.

“[The competition] really gives students an opportunity to branch out and meet other students,” Zinnel said. “Since I’ve been competing for three years now, I can say that I have met some great students at the state and national levels.”  

Here are the full results from the state competition:

Accounting Analysis and Decision Making: Hannah Dash and Cassie Zinnel (2nd)​
Accounting Principles: Hannah Dash (1st)
Business Communications: Mackenzie Jepsen (2nd)
Business Law: Cassie Zinnel (1st)
Computer Concepts: McKenna Eberhart (5th)
Financial Analysis & Decision Making: Madison Eberhart (1st)
Financial Services: Cassie Zinnel (1st)
Job Interview: Peter Liu (4th)
Macroeconomics: Hannah Dash (2nd) and Peter Liu (3rd)
Microeconomics: Madison Eberhart (2nd)
Organizational Behavior and Leadership: McKenna Eberhart (4th)
Statistical Analysis: Madison Eberhart (1st)

UNIBusiness thanks the those who donate to the Dean's Fund for Excellence. Funds raised help pay for student organization competitions, global experiences and professional credential education.



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