5 DSU students earn top honors at national conference

Dixie State University's 2014 PBL/FBLA team members, left to right, John Holfeltz, James Price, Bryan Poulsen, Cassidy Templeton, Breanna Mitchell, location and date not specified | Photo Courtesy of DSU PR – Bryan Poulsen, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Five members of Dixie State University’s Phi Beta Lambda business club received national recognition last week at the Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

In all, more than 1,800 participants from around the country attended the annual conference, which provides collegiate business students the chance to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks and participate in business-related competitive events.

All five participating DSU students received Phi Beta Lambda Awards of Excellence at a ceremony held June 27, including senior CIT major James Price, of LaVerkin, who finished second overall in the computer concepts category. Price also teamed with sophomore communication major John Holfetz, of West Jordan, for a 10th-place showing in the network design competition. Holfetz and fellow sophomore communication major Breanna Mitchell, of Herriman, combined to place second in the hospitality management event, followed by Cassidy Templeton, a sophomore communication major from Fruit Heights, who placed fourth overall in that event.

Additionally, during the conference, recent CIT graduate Bryan Poulsen retired from his two-term position of Phi Beta Lambda Western Region vice president and was recognized as a national “Who’s Who in PBL” award recipient.

“Our students represented Dixie State University, St. George and Utah very well at the 2014 conference,” Poulsen, who also serves as DSU interim Phi Beta Lambda adviser, said. “It was a great experience and I can’t fully express how proud I am of each of them.”

The awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers.

In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and listened to motivational keynote speakers on a broad range of business topics.

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