Brandywine business students earn top spots at state competition

Members of Penn State Brandywine's business fraternity, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), received top honors at the Pennsylvania PBL State Leadership Conference in Gettysburg in April.

Nine Brandywine students competed in sixteen competitive events and two members placed, qualifying them to compete at the PBL National Leadership Conference at Anaheim, Calif. in June.
Junior Kimberly Nowak, of Media, placed first in the state in the Computer Applications category and sophomore Steven Hargis, of Cherry Hill, N.J., placed second in the state in the Marketing Concepts category. Hargis placed first in the nation last year in Retail Management after winning at States.

Sophomore business majors Justin Chau and Theressa Ha competed in the Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and Marketing Concepts and Management Concepts categories, respectively; junior engineering major Norris Hua competed in Sports Management and Marketing and Microeconomics; freshman business major Ashish Kondapaturu competed in Financial Concepts; sophomore Chris Kramer competed in Accounting Principles and Impromptu Speaking and sophomore engineering majors Nga Lam and Steven Nguyen competed in Management Concepts and International Business and Word Processing and Hospitality, respectively.

Penn State Brandywine Professor of Management Veronica Godshalk and Assistant Professor of Business Administration Don Taylor attended the conference and Taylor judged in three of the competitive events.

students at the PBL competition

Left to right: Norris Hua, Kimberly Nowak, Chris Kramer, Nga Lam, Ashish Kondapatury, Steven Hargis, Steven Nguyen, Theressa Ha, Don Taylor (adviser), David Vesely (alumni, professional member)