Faulkner University Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda
Imagine building a portfolio of documented accomplishment as a complement to your academic experience. During a job interview, you can demonstrate how you served in a leadership position for the largest collegiate business student organization in the world. At the same time, you will have entered one or more professional competitive events where you have finished as the very best in the nation.
If you are interested in developing leadership, communication, and team skills, or simply looking for an organization to meet and network with others at the local, state, or national levels; PBL is the organization for you.
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Goals of Faulkner University Phi Beta Lambda:
Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.
Encourage members in the development of individual projects, which contribute to the improvement of home, business and community.
Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship and foster patriotism.
Encourage and practice efficient money management.
Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
Assist students in the awareness of occupational goals.
Facilitate the transition from school to work.
Phi Beta Lambda Meetings for 2007-2008 Academic Year:
Mr. Paul Bowersock, senior vice president of Alltel, Corp.
Students were given a glimpse of how the principles they are learning are put into practice in an everyday business setting. Bowersock praised Faulkner's ethics-based education.
Mr. Bowersock reminded students of the Core Leadership values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, Knowledge, Inspiration and Vision. He also gave students advice on understanding the financial aspects of a business that you wish to be involved with.
"Results matter, but how you get there is more important," said Bowersock. "Companies are not tolerating those who plow through and leave a trail of dead bodies behind them. In your business and in your personal life, focusing on doing right will keep your career on the right path for the long run." Finally, Mr. Bowersock encouraged students to be willing to take risks, to be adaptable, and to develop critical thinking skills while in college in an effort to better prepare themselves for the corporate world.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Tim Haseltine, Director of Public Relations
Mr. Haseltine encouraged the students to "be passionate about something." Mr. Haseltine highlighted his career from the White House Communications staff to the Director of Public Relations of Hyundai. Through his discussion he encouraged students to do their homework for job interviews and remember that the resume simply gets you the interview not the job.
Mr. Haseltine shared many facts about Hyundai Motor with specific emphasis on the team concept of employment. Hyundai does not have employees; they have teammates. This concept encourages all workers to take ownership of the production process.
Martha's Place, Martha Hawkins, owner, entrepreneur
Mrs. Martha Hawkins brought cake and many words of wisdom to Faulkner College of Business students. Mrs. Hawkins shared her life journey with students and faculty and reminded everyone to always "dream big and dream with God." "With determination, a vision, and God," Mrs. Hawkins said, "the sky is the limit." Mrs. Hawkins revealed that she started from nothing and a near suicide and became a successful business woman who has appeared on Night Line with Ted Koppel, in the Oprah magazine, and in Southern Living magazine.
"Do what you do with all your heart, be passionate and make it happen. Ask God to give you wisdom and vision. "
Arnelle Adcock, former vice president of Consumer Services and Business Development of Central Alabama Cooperative
Arnelle Adcock's presentation to the faculty and students of the college of business included two main points. First, "Focus on what you love to do." Do not do what you can but do what you love. Second, Ms. Adcock encouraged the students to become a leader and to recognize the difference in a leader and a manager. She reminded the students that manager takes care of the mission while a leader has a vision of what things can become. Leaders encourage and enable people and the department to succeed. She emphasized the need for business leaders to have character and trust while "doing and the right things right."
Ms. Adcock explained how a cooperative business model is different from a corporation, with insight into the daily business of the Central Alabama Electrical Cooperative. She explained that a cooperative is built on a value structure, accountability, and trust. Cooperatives thrive on developing the capacity of the community in which they serve. Cooperatives are designed to please all members because members own the company.
Audra Malone, JobsInAL.com Job Hunting 101
Audra Malone visited Faulkner University at the request of Phi Beta Lambda to give her insight to the job market and provide helpful job hunting tips to the students. Mrs. Malone explained the resume database system that JobInAL.com provides potential employees and employers. Each potential employee has a career agent with the web site that helps search for jobs meeting your criteria. Databases such as this one are being used by 73% of recruiters to search for employees.
Job hunting skills that were discussed included, keeping your resume up-to-date, making your resume key word friendly, and speak the language of the potential employers. Provide an executive summary, two sentences, about you at the beginning of the resume. Mrs. Malone encouraged students to take advantage of the career placement office of the university.
Mrs. Malone also offered helpful hints to writing effective resumes. She encouraged the students to limit work history to the most recent, relevant jobs. Mrs. Malone covered all sections of the resume with emphasis on the objective and education sections. Expert research indicates that resumes should be limited to two pages. The importance of formatting each resume to fit the job you are seeking was emphasized as well as the inclusion of key words as a method of getting resumes noticed.
Ken Harris, benefactor of the Harris College of Business, Harris Tire Company
Mr. Harris began his talk with this statement... "I have not done anything but be blessed tremendously by God."
Mr. Harris gave several keys to his success over the years:
- Always smile; to be successful you must have a smile on your face.
- Find a product that is in demand
- Doubts are normal and make you work harder.
- Make sure you have your priorities in the right place.
- Most important thing is to have a plan and work the plan.
- Work for money while you are young and when you are old your money will work for you.
- The main thing is to be sure the main thing Is the Main Thing!
- Business is Business and requires "quick thinking."
Mr. Harris offered a great insight to becoming a highly successful entrepreneur. Mr. Harris' overall theme of his discussion was faith in God and making hard work your priorities.
Tommy Lowery, owner of Village Coffee
Mr. Tommy Lowery shared with the students his business philosophy, striving to be number one in service, quality, and efficiency. Competing with Starbucks has been a challenge but with much prayer and hard work God has brought the company through the rough times. Mr. Lowery offered much insight to the concepts of becoming a franchising business. Village Coffee is now being franchised in several states across the country. Mr. Lowery explained the franchising concept from the marketing to the financing. Village Coffee is becoming a highly successful business with sales and revenues of two million dollars this last year. Mr. Lowery was able to give students information beyond the textbooks about starting your own business and franchising business as well.
Bob Kerley, Vice President of Transmission, Southern Company, Birmingham, AL
Mr. Kerley centered his talk on "seize the moment when given an opportunity." Education is a big deal and good grades are essential to getting the right interview and ultimately the best job. Mr. Kerley encouraged the students to remember three things:
- Produce results
- You are always working on you reputation
- Who you know and who knows you is important
Mr. Kerley's success came from working for one company. He encouraged the students to get experience in a good company and to be willing to move around within the company. He stated, "Commitment to a company pays off in the end." Finally, he reminded the students to work hard, get the right results, and through prayer God will lead you in the right direction and give you strength and courage to be successful.