D&E students earn honors at state competitions

Davis & Elkins College students took home top honors in several categories of the Phi Beta Lambda State Competitions in Charleston.

A team of 11 D&E students participated in competitions on April 8-9. In addition, four members took part in the competitions, but did not attend the conference. The group was accompanied by Dr. Nadeem Khan, D&E professor of economics and finance, who serves as Phi Beta Lambda advisor.

“Our students conducted themselves very professionally during the Phi Beta Lambda state competitions/meeting,” Khan said. “Our group performed very well in the competitions, nine students received awards out of 15 who took part from our college.”

Award winners are: Frank Cottrill, a junior from Parkersburg, first place in financial concepts and first place in macroeconomics; Alexander Taylor, a senior from Huttonsville, and Patrick Myers, a senior from Montrose, first place in business ethics; Jason Mallow, a senior from Bartow and Beverly, first place in hospitality management; Sara Hill, a senior from Charleston, first place in future business executive and fifth place in business communication; Breanna Eskew, a senior from Buckhannon, second place in financial concepts and fourth place in management concepts; Becca Wright, a sophomore from Philippi, second place in help desk; Danielle Hartley, a junior from Montrose, second place in information management and third place in microeconomics; and Nouna Anthony, a sophomore from Charles Town, third place in impromptu speaking and fourth place in business law; Kevin Gratias, a junior from Belington, fourth place in justice administration; Devin George, a junior from Coalton, fourth place in macroeconomics and 10th place in management concepts; Dennis “D.J.” Crawford, a junior from Elkins, fifth place in macroeconomics and sixth place in retail management; and Ruby Stathers, a senior from Marietta, Ohio, fourth place in marketing concepts and eighth place in management concepts.

The top winners have the opportunity to compete on the national level in Anaheim, Calif., in June.

The D&E College Department of Business and Entrepreneurship offers a curriculum that gives the student a balanced education consisting of both liberal arts and professional courses through its several areas of concentration. The professional courses prepare students for the complexities of business in a global economy; an entrepreneurial focus throughout the curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore new venture creation and to understand how business start-ups contribute to wealth creation in society as a whole. Students may pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing or recreation management and tourism. A program is also available for a Bachelor of Art degree in hospitality management.