Phi Beta Lambda Winners Turn in Top Performances at State


UT Dallas Phi Beta Lambda winners with Dr. Lockhart

UT Dallas Phi Beta Lambda top winners who gathered recently with chapter advisor Dr. Michele Lockhart (second from right) to commemorate their state victories before going to nationals in Atlanta in June included (left to right) Kaiya McCray, Ramya Jose, Meher Vallabhaneni, Mounika Mutyala and Phimlamphay Merry Dimanh.

Members of the UT Dallas business career student group Phi Beta Lambda topped their performance of last year in competitive events at the recent Texas State Leadership Conference.

UT Dallas competitors picked up 19 awards. Last year competitors earned 12 awards for first or second place — this year 17. In all, 14 UT Dallas students scored first, second or third place in 19 events at the April conference. Ten of the 14 finished with top marks in two events. Nine of the qualified students will move on to the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Atlanta June 23 to 28.

The Jindal School hosted both the 2015 and 2016 state conferences. In addition to the challenges testing students’ business knowledge, the conference featured networking opportunities and workshops offered by JSOM’s Career Management Center and Business Communication Center to help participants’ polish both professional and leadership skills.

UT Dallas PBL Chapter President and Texas PBL Vice President of Communications Phimlamphay Merry Dimanh, set the leadership pace for the UT Dallas team by placing first in two state events. But Ramya Jose kept up with that pace by also earning two firsts.

A senior computer engineering major minoring in innovation and entrepreneurship, Dimanh won the mobile app development challenge with teammate Bethany Salgado. Dimanh also took first place in the computer concepts event.

Jose, a junior in accounting, shared first place in the business ethics event with Sejal Mali. Jose also won the microeconomics challenge.

Dimanh and Salgado won first place and $1,000 in the social media challenge at nationals in Chicago last year.

Dr. Michele Lockhart, UT Dallas PBL advisor, will once again be leading the students to nationals. “This has been another great year for PBL. The state conference was a complete success. It was a true JSOM team effort, and I could not have done it without the staff and faculty volunteers. Now, we’re off to nationals.”

The collegiate division of the Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda focuses on preparing students for careers in business and business-related fields. On the college level, more than 11,000 students nationwide participate in the organization, which is designed to build leadership and scholarship.


UT DALLAS PHI BETA LAMBDA 2016 STATE CONFERENCE WINNERS


Performance Events / Prejudged Events

First Place
Event Competitor/s Major and Class Event Category
Business Decision Making Angel Wang
Indira Angajala
Accounting Junior
Finance Junior
Management/Marketing
Business Presentation Meher Vallabhaneni Economics and Finance Senior Communication
Business Ethics Ramya Jose
Sejal Mali
Accounting Junior
Finance Junior
Legal
Future Business Executive Harshita Guduru Mechanical Engineering Senior Career Related
Human Resource Management Mounika Mutyala
Nousheen Karimi
Supply Chain Management Sophomore
Global Business Junior
Human Resource Management
Mobile Applications Development Bethany Salgado
Phimlamphay Dimanh
Global Business Junior
Computer Engineering Senior
Technology
Management Analysis and Decision Making Mounika Mutyala
Nousheen Karimi
Supply Chain Management Sophomore
Global Business Junior
Management/Marketing
Second Place
Event Competitor/s Major and Class Event Category
Economic Analysis and Decision Making Kaiya McCray Economics and Finance Senior Economics
Business Law Kaiya McCray Economics and Finance Senior Legal
Impromptu Speaking Meher Vallabhaneni Economics and Finance Senior Communication
Third Place
Event Competitor/s Major and Class Event Category
Job Interview Bethany Salgado Global Business Junior Career Related

Non-Performance Events / Objective Tests

First Place
Event Competitor/s Major and Class Event Category
Statistical Analysis Alekhya Nandula Finance Senior Management/Marketing
Microeconomics Ramya Jose Accounting Junior Economics
Information Management Alekhya Nandula Finance Senior Management/Marketing
Computer Concepts Phimlamphay Dimanh Computer Engineering Senior Technology
Marketing Concepts Nhi Lai Information Technology and Systems Freshman Management/Marketing
Second Place
Event Competitor/s Major and Class Event Category
Macroeconomics Nhi Lai Information Technology and Systems Freshman Economics
Personal Finance Sejal Mali Finance Junior Accounting and Finance
Third Place
Event Competitor/s Major and Class Event Category
Accounting Principles Nidhi Gotgi Accounting Junior Accounting and Finance