Loras Students Place in Top 10 in National Conference

Three Loras students competed at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) National Leadership Conference with two claiming top-ten finishes.

From l to r: Darby Callahan, Brett Batkoff, and Jamie Engelke,

Darby Callahan(’20) placed sixth in the nation in Marketing Concepts and Jamie Engelke(’20) placed 10th in Retail Management. They were two out of only five students or teams from Iowa to place in the top 10 in the nation.

Callahan, Engelke and Brett Batkoff(’22) all represented Loras at the conference, which was held in San Antonio, Texas on June 24 – 27.

“Darby, Jamie, and Brett all performed very well at the state level, so it was great to see their hard work translate into success at the national level,” Allison Tringale, Ph.D., assistant professor of business administration. “The national leadership conference was a great opportunity for them to not only compete against some of the best business students in the country, but also network with and learn more from business leaders and other students alike.”

PBL is the collegiate division of FBLA. Its mission is to prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The National Leadership Conference hosts students from across the country and is the organization’s signature event. Loras College is the only college/university in NE Iowa to offer students PBL as a co-curricular opportunity.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).