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MSC students and adviser win big in annual state Phi Beta Lambda competition

May 18, 2020


MSC Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) student club adviser has won the title Adviser of the Year for Oklahoma.  Students in Murray State’s PBL Chapter compete yearly with other community college students, as well as student members from universities across the state.

In the 2020 competition, Murray’s PBL Chapter Adviser Kathy Bowen was named Adviser of the Year.  Four students won first-place awards and placed highly in a variety of areas in the competition.

Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) is the worlds’ largest business organization for students with nearly 12,000 members.  Membership is for those with an interest in becoming more successful in the business world Through PBL, students can gain leadership skills, promote service learning, travel and compete in individual and team events at the state, and possibly the national level.

 “We are extremely proud of Adviser Bowen and our students for highlighting excellence in our business department at Murray State.  Associate Professor Bowen has led this group for many years and is dedicated to her students in so many ways,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

“The way students excel in statewide testing is a testament to their commitment and to the overall quality of this department,” added McDaniel.

Murray State College Professional Business Leaders (PBL) student winners in this year’s competition are:

The team of Cynthia Thomsen, of Healdton, Okla., and Kathy Hays, of Dickson, Okla., won first in the Accounting Analysis and Decision Making event.

Thomsen won first in Hospitality Management; second in Accounting Principles; and third in Personal Finance.

Hays came in first in Human Resource Management; first in Insurance Concepts; and fourth in Financial Concepts.

Melizza Hernandez, of Bay Town, Texas, placed first in Information Management; fifth in Contemporary Sports Issues; fifth in Management Concepts; and sixth in Project Management.

Rebecca Carroll, of Marietta, placed first in Business Communication; second in Justice Administration; and third in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.

Lesley Smith, of Sulphur, placed third in Justice Administration and fourth in Retail Management.  In addition, Smith was able to compete in the presentation event of Client Service virtually.  Smith’s commitment to the process allowed her to complete the 30-minute event online while tornados surrounded her at home.

For more information on PBL, please contact Kathy Bowen at or 580-387-7451.