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June 2016

EKU Phi Beta Lambda Students Bring Home Top Awards from National Academic Competition

Group photo of PBL students with their awards

America’s best and brightest college students gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, June 24-27 for the 2016 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference (NLC). The conference drew thousands of future business leaders to compete in leadership events, share successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their careers through workshops and exhibits.

Among this group of exceptionally talented and motivated individuals were students from EKU's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda. Encouraged by the financial, academic, and moral support of their advisor Dr. Marcel Robles, department chair Dr. Lana Carnes, associate dean Dr. Ed Davis, and college dean Dr. Tom Erekson, the students performed exceptionally well. Two first place and one second place award along with a number of additional awards and recognitions came home to Eastern Kentucky University. 

EKU's National Leadership Conference awardees:

  • Wendi Smith (Pikeville) – 1st place Future Business Educator
  • Kaelyn Herrin (Hodgenville) – 1st place Marketing Concepts
  • Dalton Stanley (Pikeville), Laura Jackson (Barbourville) – 2nd place Business Law
  • Luke Prince (Nicholasville) – 4th place Business Educator
  • Luke Prince (Nicholasville) – 5th place Contemporary Sports Issues
  • Kaelyn Herrin (Hodgenville) – 6th place Information Management
  • Wendi Smith (Pikeville), Laura Jackson (Barbourville), Savannah Day (Owingsville) – 8th place Social Media Challenge
  • Dalton Stanley (Pikeville) – 8th place Entrepreneurship Concepts
  • Alex Martin (Richmond) – 10th place Administrative Technology

Also participating in competitive events were Shanoah Shelton (Richmond), Seth Barron (Somerset), Madison Harris (Olive Hill), and Weston Robbe (Richmond).

According to chapter advisor Robles, "This group of students should be recognized as outstanding leaders and role models that we want as business students and future alums of EKU. Additionally, the faculty who taught them these important concepts should be praised for their success and commitment to teaching and learning. Together, we are making a difference in the lives and careers of these young people."

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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Jason Banta Receives Prestigious AAF Scholarship

Jason Banta

Eastern Kentucky University student Jason Banta, a senior business and marketing education major from Pleasureville, Kentucky, has received the prestigious American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Louisville Bud Ballard Scholarship for 2016.

The scholarship is valued at $2,500.

Allison Deely, membership coordinator for AAF-Louisville, said Banta’s resume, essay and personal recommendations were “outstanding,” adding that his “desire to pursue a career in advertising is very encouraging to us, and we’re prepared to help support you every step of the way toward that goal.”

Banta, who graduated from Henry County High School in 2013, credited Dr. Faridah Awang, professor in EKU’s Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, for his support and assistance with the application.

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