Webber International University (Webber) students brought home a record number of state level individual, team, and university awards at this year’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Florida State Leadership Conference (SLC) held March 17-20, 2022 in Orlando, FL. Webber was recognized with the Largest Local Chapter Membership Award, a result of tremendous growth in membership for the 2021-22 academic school year. Webber also received the Pansy B. Read Gold Seal Award of Merit for community service for its Trick-or-Trunk event, which is held annually in October for its students and community neighbors of Babson Park, FL.
Representing Webber at this year’s SLC were 18 students who, having placed at district level competitions, competed in 26 performance, skill, and objective test events, winning 22 state level awards, and earning $1,450 in event sponsorship money. Of the 18 students who competed, 12 students qualified to attend the PBL National Leadership Conference to be held June 24-27 in Chicago, IL.
The following students placed at the state level in their respective events:
Business Communication (Katy-Rose Hill, 3rd; Caitlin Capozuccca, 4th)
Cyber Security (Chase Muniz, 1st)
Digital Media-Team (Emelie Neidenmark & Isaiah Paige, 2nd)
Financial Concepts (Jonathan Vega, 3rd; Eduardo Garcia-Tabado, 4th; Lauren
Future Business Executive (Seth Harper, 2nd)
Global Analysis & Decision Making (Katy-Rose Hill, 1st & 1st)
Impromptu Speaking (Reynold Rey, 1st)
Information Management (Nichole Greene, 1st; Paysee Crow, 5th)
Insurance Concepts (Nichole Greene, 2nd)
Job Interview (Ellora Santiago, 2nd)
Justice Administration (Caitlin Capozucca, 2nd)
Management Concepts (Nichole Greene, 2nd)
Microeconomics (Jonathan Vega, 5th)
Project Management (Andrea Acuna, 2nd)
Retail Management (Natalie Bartek, 5th)
Social Media Marketing-Team (Andrea Acuna & Bryce Gerber, 3rd)
Sports Management & Marketing (Emelie Neidenmark, 1st)
In addition to the competitive events of the conference, students were able to go on business tours of companies across Orlando, learning about jobs within these organizations and going on behind-the-scenes tours. Businesses visited included AdventHealth, Gray Robinson - Attorneys at Law, Hilton Orlando, Orlando Venues (Amway Center), Valencia College, and Withum Accounting. The event also provided opportunities for Webber’s students to network with college and university students from across the state of Florida and to network with PBL alumni who now work for such organizations as the FBI and FDIC, who have started their own companies, and some who have decided to continue their educations in graduate schools.
Said Webber’s President Dr. H. Keith Wade, “We are extraordinarily proud of our students. We don’t really have any easy majors or easy courses. The majority of our students play a sport. A lot of them work. Many volunteer in the community. With all the demands on their time that they and their advisor, Dr. Joanne Muniz, can find the time to put in the preparation to pull off this kind of performance is just inspirational. Say what you want about ‘kids these days’... ours know their stuff. It’s just an extraordinary showing.”
Established in 1927 by Roger Babson as the first college chartered under Florida's then new charitable and educational laws, and America's second school of business for women, Webber's campuses in Babson Park, FL (residential); Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Columbia, SC; Laurinburg, NC (residential); and Pinehurst, NC now educate men and women from over 50 different nations. Degrees are offered at the associates, bachelors, and masters level through traditional day, accelerated night and weekend, and entirely on-line formats. The University features highly qualified faculty, highly engaged staff, small class size, and a wide array of intercollegiate sports and other extracurricular activities. The University has been recognized as a US News and World Reports Best Regional Colleges: South, a Princeton Review Best Southeastern College, has earned Petersons' top marks for academics, value and community, and has been designated a Military Friendly School. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and numerous programs have earned additional programmatic accreditations.