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LSU Alexandria business students earn national awards

Released: 09/12/2011

The LSU Alexandria chapter of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) earned national recognition by receiving the 2011 Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit at the organization's national conference this summer. The award is highest honor for a PBL chapter, and the LSUA chapter has been in existence only one year.

LSUA's chapter was recognized with the honor for it's work in co-coordinating the state PBL conference this past spring.

Five students from LSUA traveled to Orlando, FL for the National Leadership Conference along with advisor Dr. Cathy Denison, assistant professor of management. Because of budget cuts, the group worked to raise travel funds to provide students the opportunity to compete at the national level.

TwoLSUA students won individual awards at the national conference. Richard Emberly, of Alexandria, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, took 2nd place and was named Runner-up National Champion in Business Law. He also took 8th place in Management Concepts.

Jennifer Smith, a senior business administration major from Pineville, took 6th place in the Client Service Competition event.

Other attendees included recent graduates Jennifer Theriot of Lecompte and Faith Ducote of Mansura, and senior Robert Jones of Alexandria.

Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate version of Future Business Leaders of America. FBLA-PBL is the largest and oldest student business organization in the country. More than 1,700 of America’s best and brightest college students attended the conference to participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

For more information about the LSUA PBL chapter or its programs, contact faculty advisor Denison at or call 318-427-4484.