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Phi Beta Lambda is the largest and oldest business student organization in the world. Membership is offered to any student that is currently enrolled in a business, computer, marketing and/or hospitality course in either a four-year or two-year college.

The students of Phi Beta Lambda and the Natchez Campus of Copiah Lincoln Community College are excited that our campus has been selected to host the Phi Beta Lambda State Conference on Feb. 25 – 27. The Natchez campus will be represented by approximately 20, first and second year business, computer, marketing and/or hospitality students competing in more than 50 events, such as: business presentations, business educators, customer service, data processing, accounting, business ethics, impromptu speaking , computer applications, job interview, just to name a few. Please join us for the opening ceremony on Monday, Feb. 25 and the awards ceremony on Feb. 27.

Students from across the state will be visiting our city; competing, eating, touring and sleeping in Natchez. It will be a fast paced three days of testing, presentations and vigorous competitions held in beautiful downtown Natchez and on the Co-Lin campus. The members of the Psi Alpha Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Lambda on our campus have been preparing enthusiastically and are ready to take on this enormous task. The awards ceremony is open to the public, and we would love for members of our community to represent Natchez at this event. The ceremony will take place in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Redd-Watkins Career Technical Center on the campus of Co-Lin in Natchez. This is a great opportunity to see the future of the business industry in action.

Winners from this competition will have an opportunity to travel to California in June to participate in the National Competition against students from all parts of the United States.

Although education is our No. 1 focus, Phi Beta Lambda also gives back to our community. This school year, we have collected and delivered food items to the Natchez Stew Pot, collected and donated toys for the Toys for Tots campaign, collected items for the G.R.I.T.S program and prepared boxes for mailing to our service members overseas.

Of course as with any organization there is a need for money. There are uniforms to purchase, supplies for competition preparation, and travel expenses. So in anticipation that we will send members to California to participate in the National competition, our chapter has held several fund raisers, and thanks to the support of our community, we have raised some money, but there is a long way to go. We ask for your continued support of our program, and if you’d like to help us financially, please contact our sponsors, Mrs. Sue Savino or Ms. Erin Delaney, at 601-446-1156 to find out how you can contribute.

Likewise, contact our sponsors for a student intern/future employee. Our students are hardworking, skilled and eager to learn on the job.

So, if you’re in downtown Natchez on Feb. 25-27, and there are groups of students wandering the sidewalks smile and wish them luck. Let’s show the rest of the state why Natchez and Co-Lin is “the place to be.”

 

Inger Frye, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, is the President, Psi Alpha Sigma Chapter Phi Beta Lambda.