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  • IL PBL Website: http://www.il-fblapbl.org/pbl/

    Hello PBL members! I

    hope you are all get-

    ting back into the

    swing of classes and

    PBL (not to mention

    everything else in your

    life). Some of you at-

    tended the Winter

    Seminar Series on Jan-

    uary 26, 2013. We

    were so glad to have

    you and we hope you

    had a great time at-

    tending the workshops

    and getting to see each

    other again!

    For those of you who

    announced that you

    will be running for a

    state or national office,

    remember only verbal

    campaigning is al-

    lowed at this time. That

    means no Facebook or

    Twitter.

    For everyone else,

    don’t forget about

    State around the cor-

    ner. Now is the time to

    choose and prepare for

    your events. You can

    perform in up to three

    performance events, but

    you can perform in up to

    five events total. I would

    perform in as many com-

    petitive events as possi-

    ble so you can better

    your chances of going to

    Nationals in Anaheim,

    California!

    Just a reminder, if you

    would like to compete in

    state competitive events,

    you need to have your

    dues paid by March 1,

    2013. I would suggest

    getting those paid as

    early as possible. If you

    don’t pay, you won’t be

    able to compete.

    Looking forward to see-

    ing you at state and

    good luck in those com-

    petitive events!

    Heather Borowiak Illinois PBL State President

    A Message from our President

    Illinois Voice

    P H I B E T A L A M B D A

    Spring 2013 IL PBL Newsletter

    Igniting Innovation

    Shawnee Reflects on

    WSS

    2

    SIUC Update 3

    ISU’s Meet and Greet

    with Santa

    4

    Shawnee CC helps out at

    Southern Area FBLA

    Conference

    5

    Passion for PBL 6

    So You’re Considering a

    Competitive Event

    7

    Lessons Learned from

    PBL

    8

    SWIC PBL Update 9

    Inside this issue:

  • IL PBL Website: http://www.il-fblapbl.org/pbl/

    Shawnee Community College PBL had 2 ambassadors attend the Winter Seminar Series at Eastern Illi-

    nois University in Charleston, Illinois. One of the highlights of the conference for the SCC PBL mem-

    bers was the ability to schedule a state officer to attend one of our local chapter meetings.

    Among the highlights of the conference was to learn about a mock run for office and to polish up and

    develop a state officer campaign. Another thing at the conference we found helpful were the addition-

    al workshops, and the Keynote speaker, who instructed and informed the members in attendance on

    the proper way to prepare for state and national competitions.

    Reflection On WSS from Shawnee Community College

    By: Richard Tucker—Shawnee

    Page 2 Illinois Voice

    “Another highlight included the ability

    to have a mock run for office, to polish

    up and develop their state officer

    campaigns.” - Richard Tucker

  • IL PBL Website: http://www.il-fblapbl.org/pbl/

    On behalf of Southern Illinois University Carbon-

    dale, our chapter is well pumped for the new

    2013 academic year. After coming back from a

    most exciting Winter Seminar Series full of great,

    motivating and educational workshops, our

    chapter is now back to the drawing board pre-

    paring for the best state conference yet.

    We have several new members to participate at

    state this year, and truly look forward to the ex-

    perience they are going to get from the state

    conference. Let alone if they place at state, they

    get to go to Nationals and compete, that is an ex-

    perience of a lifetime no one will ever forget.

    We are planning more fundraisers like hosting

    an event at McAlister’s Deli, more social nights

    so we as a chapter will learn to get to know one

    another on a more personal level, and have fun

    while doing something together as a chapter.

    Most importantly we plan on hosting a FBLA-PBL

    March of Dimes mini walk on campus. At this

    walk our chapter will be getting in touch with the

    FBLA chapters in our area to participate in this

    great community service event. FBLA-PBL will

    not only be doing something together as a

    whole, but also be spreading the word and great

    miracles that the March of Dimes have fulfilled in

    seeing premature babies become healthy all

    over campus.

    We continue to host great speakers at our meetings to

    help us succeed in the business world, like building a

    resume, elevator conversation starters about the

    greatness of PBL, soft skills, and keeping a positive

    attitude where ever we are representing our chapter.

    Our chapter at SIUC has many great ideas in store for

    a successful spring semester.

    Spring 2013 Page 3

    SIUC Update

    By: Lloyd Fox– SIUC

    “FBLA-PBL will not only be doing some-

    thing together as a whole, but also be

    spreading the word and great miracles

    that the March of Dimes have fulfilled in

    seeing premature babies become

    healthy all over campus. “

    - Lloyd Fox

  • IL PBL Website: http://www.il-fblapbl.org/pbl/

    Phi Beta Lambda at Illinois State Uni-

    versity hosted a Meet and Greet with

    Santa Claus for the children around the

    community. The event was held on De-

    cember 2, 2012, at ISU’s Bone Student

    Center. Area kids got to meet a profes-

    sionally hired Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus,

    and elves. Pictures were taken for the

    families free of charge. After meeting

    Santa, all kids received a gift bag filled

    with stocking stuffers. Refreshments

    were also provided in the form of cook-

    ies, treats, and hot chocolate. Plenty of

    help for the event was provided by the

    majority of the ISU PBL chapter. Ta-

    bles were set up to help the kids make

    Christmas cards to send to the U.S.

    troops overseas and the children’s fami-

    lies. A raffle was held to raise money

    for the March of Dimes and One

    Heart for Congo. The raffle was by

    far the biggest held by ISU PBL

    thanks to a majority of prizes donated

    from businesses around Central Illi-

    nois. Different prize packages in-

    cluded prizes related to the Chicago

    Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago

    Cubs, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis

    Cardinals, local Bloomington/Normal

    businesses, and a snow cone maker.

    The value of all of the prize packages

    combined exceeded $1000. The

    event was a success with a little over

    seventy kids in attendance. ISU PBL

    plans to make the Meet and Greet

    with Santa Claus an annual event.

    ISU Hosts Meet and Greet with Santa Claus

    “A raffle was held to raise money for the

    March of Dimes and One Heart for Congo.

    The raffle was by far the biggest held by

    ISU PBL thanks to a majority of prizes

    donated from businesses around Central

    Illinois, ” - Nick Hostetler

    By: Nick Hostetler—ISU

    Page 4 Illinois Voice

  • IL PBL Website: http://www.il-fblapbl.org/pbl/

    Six Shawnee College PBL members

    assisted with proctoring and evaluating

    computer competitions on Wednesday,

    January 9 at Southern Illinois Universi-

    ty in Carbondale. Upon arrival, SCC

    PBL members prepared computer sys-

    tems for login by competitors and orga-

    nized computer labs to host the follow-

    ing events: Computer Applications,

    Desktop Publishing, Electronic Spread-

    sheets, Word Processing I, and Word

    Processing II.

    After the students completed the one

    hour exams, the real time crunch began

    with the closing ceremony beginning in

    45 minutes. SCC PBL members’ metic-

    ulously reviewed the FBLA-PBL format

    guide and keys to evaluate the output

    from the individual FBLA members

    competing in each event, making sure to

    provide comments on each person’s

    review rubric.

    Even though the day was hectic, it was

    still productive with the opportunity to

    meet prospective members for our or-

    ganization in addition to meeting other

    professionals interested in forging

    partnerships with FBLA-PBL.

    “Even though the day was hectic, it

    was still productive with the opportunity

    to meet prospective members for our

    organization in addition to meeting

    other professionals interested in

    forging partnerships with FBLA-PBL.”

    -Amy O’Kelly

    Spring 2013 Page 5

    Shawnee CC PBL Members Help Out At Southern Area FBLA Conference

    By: Amy O’Kelly — Shawnee

  • IL PBL Website: http://www.il-fblapbl.org/pbl/

    My passion for FBLA-PBL was first

    ignited when I