Honor Society places in national competition

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University's chapter of Pi Omega Pi recently placed fifth nationally at the honor society’s national competition in Chicago.

Pi Omega Pi is the National Business Education Teacher Honor Society, which has promoted scholarship and service in the area of business education for more than 80 years.

“This experience helped to prepare me for the next step of my professional career by providing me with networks and resources,” said Lindsay Cassel, Pi Omega Pi president. “It gave me the chance to see the struggles that other students in Business Education Programs deal with along with what has helped them. It also gave me the chance to hear from Business Education Professionals who have been in the program a lot longer than I have. They were able to give their insight on life and the profession itself. “

Prior to the national competition, each chapter was required to complete three projects-local, state and national related to furthering the profession. The BU chapter redesigned the national website, volunteered at the Pennsylvania Business Education Annual Conference and served as conference assistants at the PA Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference. In addition, students presented a workshop on "Active Learning."

Professors Christina Force and Maggie O’Connor, advisors to the group, also saw the BU chapter win the Participation Award for being the most active chapter at the competition, the only attending to receive the honor.

“Although this was my first conference, I really enjoyed it,” Cassel said. “It was such a great experience, especially receiving 5th place and then the Participation Award. I also was glad it was the same time as the NBEA Conference. My chapter was able to attend the whole NBEA Conference as well, which was a great experience and opportunity as well!”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.