By Kaylee Becker '17, Chapter President

​The York College chapter of Phi Beta Lambda is excited for growth in the 2016-2017 academic year. Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is an organization that prepares undergraduate students for a successful career in business. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education  together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Phi Beta Lambda has 230,000 members nationally and is recognized by employers globally.

The York chapter is represented by six officers who began planning in August when the academic year began. First, the task of recruitment and connection with new students was handled by the officers, with a focus on growth. Phi Beta Lambda hosted an informational kick-off event for interested students. This was followed by an induction ceremony at York College’s Mackey Center on October 2. The seven officers were installed by faculty sponsor Tim Lewis, assistant professor of business, and 27 members were accepted by PBL President Kaylee Becker.

Committees were created under the direction of officers, including: Event Planning, Community Service, March of Dimes, Fundraising and D. Mark Moore Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. These groups will meet on a regular basis, report to the head of the Committee and help the chapter achieve PBL’s mission. As an organization, goals have been set for service outreach within the community as well as on campus, provide hands-on business experience to our members, and establish professional relationships within the York area.

The chapter’s endeavors are in full-swing through the remaining academic year. The officers attended a PBL fall leadership conference at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln on October 24. The six officers and faculty sponsor spent the day in workshops and seminars concerning the duties within a PBL chapter. The following day, members ate lunch while guest speaker James Laster, of Garmin Ltd., presented professional advice.

​The chapter has begun preparing to conduct interviews for the D. Mark Moore Entrepreneurial Spirit Award that will be presented by officers at the 2017 Chamber of Commerce Banquet this January. In memory of former York College Professor D. Mark Moore, the chapter is honored to be recognizing an outstanding entrepreneur in the York Community. The community service committee was able to volunteer the chapter to aid in clean-up for the Living Water Mission banquet in November. The chapter is open to service opportunities, organization donations and professional opportunities for members to gain experience. For more information, contact Tim Lewis (, 402-363-5600) or Kaylee Becker (

​Officer Picture (above) (l-r): Treasurer, Jeff Albers; Secretary, Ashley Spagnolo; President, Kaylee Becker; Vice President, Hannah Parker; Report, Rachel Dollen; Public Relations, Halie Ewing
Member Picture Left to Right: Front row-Matheus Oliveira; Robert Ozuna; Kevin Olmstead; Reporter, Rachel Dollen  Second Row- Connor Towle; Sabrina Austin; Vice President, Hannah Parker; Secretary, Ashley Spagnolo; Courtney Gibbs; Bre Goben; Faculty Sponsor, Tim Lewis  Third Row- Evans Francis; Jaraad Salas; Treasurer, Jeff Albers; President, Kaylee Becker; Melissa Strong; Kendall Fike  Fourth Row- Hugo Oliveira; Garrett Ewing; Justin Hukill; Public Relations Officer, Halie Ewing; Molly Little; Leiah Reichel

Not Pictured: Cameron Coleman, Morgan Derengowski, John Mead, Rodrigo Peres, Jason Arreola