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By Danae Moore on 07/03/2013 PBL students finishing in the top ten nationally from left to right include: John Costner, Jeremy Richardson, Leslie Dillon, Reagan Karlin, Seth Jones, and Layne Greeson. —Photo by Sara HitchPBL students finishing in the top ten nationally from left to right include: John Costner, Jeremy Richardson, Leslie Dillon, Reagan Karlin, Seth Jones, and Layne Greeson. —Photo by Sara Hitch Goodwell, Okla.—After qualifying in April at the 2013 Oklahoma FBLA-PBL State Leadership Conference for the opportunity to compete at nationals, 12 members of Oklahoma Panhandle State University's Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) club traveled to Anaheim, Calif. for the 2013 FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference held June 22-25, 2013, at the Hilton Anaheim and returned to the Panhandle with five top 10 national awards!

Offering numerous workshops and networking opportunities as well as serving as the national competition site, this year's FBLA- PBL (Future Business Leaders of America- Phi Beta Lambda) national conference was one of the largest ever with over 2000 people in attendance. OPSU representatives were: Levi Adams, Liberal, Kan.; Meagan Bell, Happy,Texas; John Costner, Guymon, Okla.; Leslie Dillon, Elk City, Okla.; Layne Greeson, Liberal, Kan.; Rhonda Harkins, Guymon, Okla.; Seth Jones, Borger, Texas; Reagan Karlin, Gruver, Texas; Kyle Keylon, Texhoma, Okla.; Quincy Lucas, Curacao; Chelsea Montano, Guymon, Okla.; Jeremy Richardson, Boise City, Okla; and the group's two advisors Sara Hitch, Assistant Instructor of Business and Davin Winger, Business Instructor.

Competing against the likes of Florida State, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State University, OPSU students found their way to the top in the nation. Leading the way, Seth Jones won third place in Contemporary Sports Issues. Combining their talents, John Costner and Layne Greeson earned a fifth place finish in Accounting Analysis and Decision Making. Leslie Dillon and Jeremy Richardson teamed up to win sixth place in Financial Services. Reagan Karlin competed in Sports Management and Marketing and received seventh. Placing again, Dillon was the only female to finish in the top 10 in Financial Concepts earning ninth place to round out the awards for Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

In between the competitions and workshops, the future business leaders were able to enjoy the 70 degree weather of Anaheim with a trip to watch the Los Angeles Angels in action, a visit to Disneyland, and plenty of pool side time. The trip was made possible by many area businesses, organizations, and community members including Pub on the Bricks in Guymon, Guymon Lions, Guymon Rotary, Texhoma Rotary, OPSU Student Senate, and Southwest Airlines as well as those who supported the many fundraisers held by the students.

This is the second consecutive year that the OPSU PBL club has attended the State Conference and qualified for the national competition. Both Hitch and Winger agreed they anticipated the students would do well, but the expectations they had were far exceeded. Greeson commented, "I, along with my peers, have been so blessed to have such great professors in the business department here at OPSU. They have pushed us to not only be better students but to be better people as well and that shows by how well we performed at the National Convention this year."

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Alumni Spotlight: Cale Curry

Panhandle State Alumni Cale Curry was recently accepted into GUILDHALL at SMU in Plano, Texas. Curry earned a degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) this past December from Panhandle State. —Photo by Danae Moore

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Panhandle State Earns Merit Certification as Certified Healthy Campus

Rene Ramon and Calandra Rose, both members of the Panhandle State Wellness Committee, accepted Panhandle State’s Certified Healthy Campus Award at an event on March 1 in Oklahoma City. —Courtesy photo

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Four Aggies Earn Spots on SAC All-Conference Rosters

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Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees are Dr. David Bryant and Jim and Sherry Quimby. They will be inducted into the Alumni Ambassador Hall of Fame during the Alumni Weekend set for April 13-14.

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Panhandle State Sends Delegation to OSGA Spring Congress

Pictured left to right: Jack Hudgins, Thomas Casper, Madison Linton, Sean Skipton, Jasmine Brown-Jutras, Jorge Rosas, Autumn Wigley, and Mariah Morigeau —Courtesy photo

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Jewell Lee Receives SAC Recognition

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Strong Finish at Home-Hosted Crops Judging Contest

Members of the Panhandle State Crops Judging pause for a photo with faculty and administration members following the Regional Crops Judging Contest hosted in Goodwell. —Photo by Danae Moore

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Student Spotlight: Addison Munsch

Panhandle State Sophomore Addison Munsch

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PBL and AITP Host Perfect Pairings

Members of the campus organizations AITP and PBL along with their faculty advisors and President Dr. Tim Faltyn gather for a photo before the second annual Perfect Pairings hosted at the University House. —Photo by Danae Moore

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Student Spotlight: Colter Reust

Panhandle State Senior Colter Reust