State Secretary Kennedy Barner Shares Her International Perspective!

Hi all! As you know, this semester, PA PBL has decided that each executive board member will be responsible for writing a blog post weekly! First of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Kennedy Barner and I am the PA PBL State Secretary for this year. I am a Senior at Bloomsburg University, majoring in Management. Thankfully, I accepted a full-time position upon graduation, so my senior year has been pretty stress free! I am looking forward to graduating in just a few short months!


Over winter break, I had the opportunity to study abroad through my university. For the past four years, Bloomsburg University has had a faculty led study abroad program that takes place during the winter session. This year, I was finally able to participate, along with forty-eight other Bloomsburg University students. The group of us spent roughly three and a half weeks in Central and Eastern Europe. I took three classes while abroad – two of the classes were through Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland. These two classes were Post-Communist Transformations and International Relations. I also took an online class, through Bloomsburg, which was a European Cities course. For a little over two weeks, we spent our time studying and sightseeing Poland. In Poland, I visited the Salt Mine, Auschwitz, Schindler’s Factory, Nowa Huta, and the Jewish Quarter, along with various places throughout Krakow. The group of us also had the chance to spend a few days sightseeing in Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic. Getting to see so many countries in such a short period of time was amazing. Budapest, Hungary was by far my favorite city out of them all. I definitely recommend visiting Budapest if you ever get the chance! Studying abroad in this fashion allowed me to experience so many different cultures and come in contact with so many different individuals.


I am so grateful for the opportunity to study abroad, especially in a place with such an incredible past. I have learned so much from my three weeks abroad, and it has changed my perspective.


I had always wanted to study abroad during college, but never got the courage to do so until this past year – and I am so glad that I stepped out of comfort zone and did so. I wanted to use this blog post as a chance to reach out to all PA PBL members and encourage you all to study abroad if you can, even if it’s only for a short period of time. Not only does it look great on a resume, but it will also positively impact your personal life and not only make you a better person but also a better future business man or woman.   


If anyone, even a non-Bloomsburg student has an interest in studying abroad throughout college at some point, and has any questions – feel free to contact me and I will try to answer your questions. My personal school email address is


Thanks for reading!


Kennedy Barner

8 Activities to Start the Semester

The start of the new semester and new year are upon us! As schools open their doors again, club meetings are just around the corner. After a long and cold winter break, there are various activities your chapter can do in order to encourage new members and pull back current members. I have listed 8 activities below for all of you in order to start of 2018 with a bang!

1.     Volunteer!
Giving back is such an important part of Phi Beta Lambda. Check your local homeless shelters and soup kitchens for volunteer opportunities. They are usually in need of some extra help around the holiday season.

2.     Homeless Kits

      Pack a pair of socks, mouthwash, hand warmers or gloves, a non-perishable snack, and a water bottle in gallon plastic bags. Hand them out in the local area as a group or donate them to a local shelter.

3. Find S’More Members!

     As the semester begins, students are looking for activities in which they can meet new people and stay warm. Host an event with s’mores and a “campfire” on campus to recruit new members.

4. Partner With Another Student Organization

    Partnering with another organization such as your Student Government Organization allows for great promotion for all involved parties.

5. Host a Casino Night

    This is both a fundraiser and a fun way to promote your chapter. Students can pay for an entry ticket that allows them to play the games. Have your members hosting various tables  and activities. Keep track of winners of each game and have a small raffle of prizes at the end of the night.

6. Hold a Resume Prep Session

    Around the time of university career fairs, students scramble to prepare their resumes and   cover letters. Ask a professor (or your advisor!) to assist your members in reviewing students’    resumes and letters. Create a sample resume for students to view as well. This typically works   best a week prior to the career fair.

7. Photo Scavenger Hunt

Create a list of 15-20 items that teams must find and photograph across campus. This is a
great way for new students to become more familiar with the campus grounds. Try doing his
during busy hours when students are walking across campus to better promote your chapter. Ask members to wear PBL gear during the hunt if possible.

8. Create Social Media Pages for Your Chapter!

    If your chapter does not have social media, now is great time to start! Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are excellent marketing resources. Take photos of your chapters participating in exciting events and post them to Instagram and Facebook! Use Twitter and Facebook to mention club meeting times and upcoming chapter events. Be sure to follow students from  your university.


-Amanda Willis, PA PBL Pesident

Winter Updates Phi Beta Lambda's Easter Region VP, Dana Borowski!

Find below a list of exciting updates from the National Phi Beta Lambda Office:

  1. Updated Chapter Management Handbook. The National Center has provided an updated Chapter Management Handbook on thewebsite. Please refer to this as you continue to help establish new chapters or if you have any questions about established chapters.
  2. Changes in Competitive Events/Competitive Events Guide. Students are no longer permitted to use a projector. All presentations must be made directly from the laptop/device the student has with them. Further, there are several events that have been modified, the list for these changes can be found here. The list of current competitive events can also be found on this website.
  3. March of Dimes Grants. Although November has come to an end, there is still ample amounts of time to raise money for our service partner. There are March of Dimes grants available to help any financial burdens this may cause. You can find the link for the application here. The application is due January 15th, so don’t hesitate!
  4. Disaster Relief Fund. As we all know, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused devastation for many members of our organization. FBLA-PBL has created a Disaster Relief Fund to help members in need. Please share this effort, and also please donate. Every little bit counts.
  5. Snapchat and Instagram. This year, we have implemented a program that allows general members to do “Snapchat Takeovers” and be featured on Instagram for recognition of some of the amazing things states and local chapters do as a part of this organization. Please share this with your local chapters and utilize this opportunity for and upcoming State events you have planned! To request access to the Snapchat, please use For the Social Media Spotlight (Instagram), please use

Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda is happy to answer any questions you have at

Become a State Officer for the 2017-2018 School Year!

Hello Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda Members!

Being a State Officer is a great experience, and one that I wish everyone had the opportunity to have. Being the State Reporter in 2014-2015 and the State Secretary this year have been two of the best experiences that I have had in my college career. As a State Officer you are able to make friendships and build networks that go far beyond the state board. State Officers work alongside other students as well as professional advisors to organize events such as the Community Service Day and the State Leadership Conference. In addition, State Officers truly have the opportunity to shape the direction that PA PBL goes in with the decisions that are made.

Every year the State Executive Committee (SEC) asks that each college or university nominate two of their members for State Officer positions. This year it is essential that your school considers nominating members for the SEC. The goal of the SEC is to represent each and every member school throughout Pennsylvania. If there are not applicants from all different types of schools (east/west, large/small) then the board will not be diverse. Having every school nominate members to run for SEC positions is the only way to ensure that the SEC can succeed in representing PA PBL to the best of their abilities, and the more applicants there are the better quality candidates (and thus SEC) will emerge.

More details on what being a State Officer entails and the process for applying to run for the SEC can be found on pages 14-17 of the SLC registration packet on the homepage of I strongly recommend that anyone who is passionate about PA PBL run for a State Officer position! 




Dylan McCauley – PA-PBL State Secretary

State Leadership Conference Planning Is Underway!

January 29, 2017


Hello Pennsylvania Phi Beta Lambda Members!

Planning for the 2017 PA-PBL State Leadership Conference is underway. This year the conference will be held from April 7th to April 9th at the Harrisburg Hilton. Please read the Registration Packet in its entirety for details on this year’s conference. The registration packet provides all of the necessary information for both conference and testing registration. This year conference and testing registration will take place completely online.  Links to the registration area can be found in the packet as well as on our website ( Payment for the conference can be made either through check or PayPal. The deadline for registering for the conference and competitive events is February 25! Unfortunately, no exceptions to the deadline will be granted.

Testing will open on March 3rd and close end of day March 24th. Please follow the instructions in the registration packet, and online, regarding a designated proctor for your school’s testing. Please note that your state and national dues must be paid in full by February 25th for all members who are registering for testing at the conference. We hope that everyone is preparing for and eagerly anticipating the SLC.  We look forward to seeing everyone in April!




Audrey Magnelli – PA-PBL State President



Bob Kollar – State Chairman

Prepare for the 2017 State Leadership Conference



PA PBL Members,


Welcome back to another semester for PA PBL. We hope everyone had a relaxing winter break, and are ready to begin another semester of PBL. The State Executive Council is busy planning the 46th Annual State Leadership Conference, which is scheduled for April 7th to April 9th in Harrisburg PA.  The SLC Registration Packet will be sent out to chapter officers and advisers by January 14th. Please read this packet carefully and pay attention to important dates.  Registration and payment are due to the SEC by February 25th.  This year the registration fee will remain at $100 for students and $65 for advisers.  Hotel registration fees are payable directly to the Hilton Harrisburg, the SEC only needs a copy of your room registration.  Also, please keep in mind that prejudged materials and testing forms are due at registration by 6pm on Friday, April 7th.  All of this information is explain in further detailed in the SLC Packet. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact the SEC at


Best Regards,

Audrey Magnelli

Pennsylvania State President