Peru State Forging A Place At National Business Competitions

NEBRASKA CITY – Professor Sheri Grotrian-Ryan told Rotarians Wednesday that business leadership at Peru State College continues to make the college known at national competitions.

Peru State College’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda sent 25 students to national business competition in Anaheim, Calif., and 16 of those placed in the top 10 of categories, such as emerging business issues and marketing analysis.

Alexandra Kenney of Milford was first in the nation in the client services competition. She had 20 minutes to review a case study and then role play her customer service skills with the judge.

Grotrian: “You’re working with a client who has something, it could be technological, that’s not working right. It could be a customer service complaint, but you’re faced with a situation with a problem in a sense and you try and alleviate the issue for your customer.”

She said students have not only been able to capitalize on opportunities at state and national levels, but participate in fund-raisers, community service and social activities.

Over Grotrian-Ryan’s 10-year tenure as Phi Beta Lambda adviser, campus membership has grown from four to 40.

Grotrian: “I think at the institution at Peru State right now, we really have a focus on engagement and students want to be involved in a lot of activities. They see the investment that PBL provides in them individually and as a group collectively.”

Phi Beta Lambda still has room for growth at Peru. She said the business leadership organization in high schools has 220,000 members, but the college-level version has only 10,000 nationally.

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