Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2002

Whitworth Phi Beta Lambda Chapter Earns National Recognition at Leadership Conference

Following on the heels of their success at the state competition last spring, seven members of the Whitworth College chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda recently competed in the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. Adviser Elizabeth Peterson, Whitworth assistant professor of economics and business, accompanied the group.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit education association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. Each summer, top winners from the spring state-based competitions are eligible to compete at the National Leadership Conference.

"We couldn't be more pleased about the growth our chapter has experienced," Peterson says. "Participation in the state and national conferences has generated a kind of synergy that is spreading around campus. Students have experienced significant personal growth in addition to enhancing their academic and leadership skills, and Whitworth's reputation is furthered on a national level by our involvement with Phi Beta Lambda."

Whitworth senior Nina Sidneva, from Visaginas, Lithuania, placed 10th in the nation in economics, having competed against Phi Beta Lambda members from approximately 13,000 chartered chapters from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. Territories, Canada and Department of Defense Schools worldwide. Sidneva's success at the national conference is especially notable since she is fluent in English even though her native languages are Russian and Lithuanian.

"Phi Beta Lambda allowed me to participate in a leadership conference where I was able to use my college book knowledge and expand it," Sidneva said. "It also reassured me that what I am learning as a college student will serve me well in a career."

Steven Shaw, a junior business major, was appointed the Phi Beta Lambda National Assistant of Visibility during the national conference. Shaw says participating in Phi Beta Lambda allows him to use his business knowledge outside of the classroom.

"Being involved in Phi Beta Lambda provides a more rounded education for me as a business student," Shaw says. " I receive experience through real-world situations that I cannot get in the classroom alone. This, in turn, will make me more competitive in the job market."

Other Whitworth students who participated in the national conference are Lezlie Aano, '02, senior Kathy Goligoski, junior Megon Morris, and sophomores Chari Evans and Jayleen Hille.

"Students have performed exceedingly well at both the state and national conferences and competitions," Peterson says. "It speaks well of the quality of education they receive here at Whitworth."

Sidneva says participating in Phi Beta Lambda is a positive experience for Whitworth students and gives the college national exposure.

"You can travel, you can make new connections, you can apply your knowledge and learn new things," Sidneva says. "By doing this, you let the whole U.S.A. know about Whitworth College and what great, personable and intelligent people study and teach here."


Elizabeth Peterson, assistant professor of Economics and Business, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4675 or epeterson@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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