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LSUA Co-coordinates Statewide Conference for Business Students

Released: 03/16/2011

LSU Alexandria will co-coordinate the statewide meeting of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the world’s largest business career organization, this weekend at the Best Western Hotel in Alexandria. More than a dozen schools are scheduled to participate in workshops and competition.

The conference opens Friday with a workshop, “Traditional and Non-Traditional Students’ ‘Real World’ Perceptions of the Importance of Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship,” led by six LSUA students. Students and the topics they will discuss are Amanda Austin, Simmesport, junior, “Leadership and Management of a Regional Community Event”; Megan Clark, Moreauville, junior, “Leadership in a Statewide Organization and in University PBL”; and Rhonda Johnson, Pineville, senior, “Entrepreneurship – Management of Her Own Business.”

Also, James Jones, Glenmora, senior, “Value of a Business Job While Attending College”; Jennifer Smith, Pineville, junior, “Excellent Customer Service Skills and Balancing Family, Work and School”; and Kenneth Nash, Pineville, senior, “Management in the Business World and in College – Retail Management.”

The conference also will feature a workshop on business planning, service learning and community service, which will be led by students in the “Strategic Management/Business Policy” class at LSUA. They are Jose Aguiluz, Forest Hill, senior; Justin Chenevert, Cottonport, senior; Adrian Davis, Pineville, senior; Leslie Kelly Davis, Alexandria, senior; Monquez Elly, Forest Hill, senior; Richard Emberly, Alexandria, senior; and Roshanda King, Alexandria, senior.

Also, Megan Manuel, Hessmer, senior; Cory Patin, Pineville, senior; Frances Tiley, Pollock, senior; Melissa Turnage, Centerpoint, senior; Rebeka Wilson, Alexandria, senior; and Nash.

Activities in the workshop will benefit Hope House of Central Louisiana, March of Dimes and Lexington House.

Twenty LSUA students will participate in state PBL competitive events.

Dr. Cathy Denison, assistant professor of management and LSUA PBL faculty advisor, will moderate two sessions. Nine members of the LSUA faculty and staff will serve as judges in PBL competition.