Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Glory Days -- PBL

Recently I was reading my local newspaper and I ran across an article that mentioned FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and PBL (Phi Beta Lambda) had just help their annual state convention/competition. This immediately took me back to my days as a member of PBL at SUU. For those of you unfamiliar with PBL, it is a business club created to help develop college students to become effective and successful business leaders.

At SUU, the PBL experience was more than just learning business, it was a full collegiate experience. Under the tutelage of the late Doris Williamson, this club helped us to become involved on campus life as well as become involved within the local community. Each year we would spend hours helping with mailings for the Utah Shakespearean Festival, we held a food drive at Thanksgiving to help those in need. We participated in the Sub-for-Santa program. We sponsored and held the annual Business Person of the year banquet. This allowed us to meet with local business members, interview them and find out how they became involved in their business and what their future goals were. Each fall we attended a conference. At this conference senior students were encouraged to bring their resume and meet with real HR personnel from the business industry. Despite these being "Mock Interviews" I know of several students who were offered jobs after their interview.

During the spring quarter we would compete against students from the other colleges and universities in the state. Competitions and testing were in all areas of business including: accounting, business writing, economics, ethics, business law, marketing, interviewing, and public speaking. Additionally each chapter could submit a yearly history and there was a competition for Outstanding Chapter in the State, our chapter always fared well in this competition.

SUU representation at 1995 National Competition in Orlando Florida

If you placed in the top 10 you could compete at the National Leadership Conference. The national sites rotated through such places as Anaheim, Orlando, and Washington DC. I was lucky enough to be able to attend two of these conferences, Anaheim and Orlando. This was a great experience as we were allowed to meet and compete against other students going into business from all across the United States. More importantly, it was a valuable opportunity to begin networking with other future business professionals. In addition to the conference, we always planned time to visit local attractions; Disneyland, Epcot, or whatever else happened to be nearby. These trips were a great time and Doris always knew the best places to go for dinner.

PBL was an outstanding experience for me at SUU. I know much of my fondness of this experience is due to Doris and her extreme devotion to the students. She always went to whatever level necessary to help us reach our full potential.

"Glory Days" is a recurring post by Clinton Painter, a 1996 alumnus with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Intramural Field Sod

Sod rolled out yesterday on the Bud Bowman Intramural Field.

SUU's first student only intramural field is located directly east of the J.L. Sorenson Physical Education Building and is where the old city pool and hydrotube were located (Cedar City recently opened a new aquatic center on Leigh Hill).

Bowman field measures 360 feet x 220 feet and recently had lighting installed to allow for night use beginning fall semester 2011. The field is a needed addition to campus as the number of SUU intramural teams hovers around 50, making it one of the highest student participation rates (if not the highest) in the Utah System of Higher Education.

The field is named after Bud Bowman, a 1948 alumnus who lived just a few blocks from campus. He retired from the Utah Highway Patrol and then spent sixteen years in the Utah House of Representatives. During his legislative career he was credited with helping to secure funds for local skate parks, the Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, the J. L. Sorenson Physical Education Building and the property where the intramural field is now located. Bud passed away May 20, 2009 from cancer.