After several years of dormancy, the York College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is once again active. PBL is a national organization for college students studying business that allows them to gain professional experience through competitions, community service and meetings with business people.

The York College chapter inducted 30 new members and installed officers in a ceremony on October 18. The group is student-organized and benefits from the guidance of faculty sponsor Tim Lewis, assistant professor of business.

The new members and officers are excited about renewing the organization on the campus and enhancing the business education offerings at York College. "Our Phi Beta Lambda chapter is excited to pick up where the previous chapter left off,” said Kaylee Becker, chapter reporter.

According to Becker, the organization is working to become a recognized chapter on both the state and national levels; build a strong chapter on campus to build a legacy; and help build professional relationships and connections in the business world. ​
PictureDr. D. Mark Moore
Their first order of business pertains to their goal of legacy building: the group has established the D. Mark Moore Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. This award, created in conjunction with the York Area Chamber of Commerce, is named in honor of a YC professor of business who is battling cancer.

The award will be presented annually to a York area business person from among chamber member businesses who has demonstrated one or more of the core characteristics of the entrepreneurial spirit: innovation, courage, commitment, and service. This award will seek to honor women and men of the York community that lead with vision, serve the needs of the community, provide unique and innovative products and services, and are committed to making York County a vibrant place of business enterprise.   

This honor will be awarded at the annual chamber banquet in January. The officers of PBL, working with executive members of the Chamber, will select the recipient each year. Members of PBL will present the award and tell the story of Dr. Moore, creating a legacy for this faculty member who has impacted so many lives.

​When announcing the new award, PBL chapter vice president Brittany Eckerberg had this to say about the honor: “Entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset. It's an attitude and approach to thinking that actively seeks out change, rather than waiting to adapt to change. It's a mindset that embraces critical questioning, innovation, service and continuous improvement…From passion and positivity to leadership and ambition, those who have it do not fear risk in the face of greater reward. Dr. Moore has lived his life that way. His passion for professional challenge and excellence has taken him all over the world from Zambia to China.  He is not afraid to take chances and encourages his students to adopt that same philosophy in business and life.”