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Presentation College Business Students Recognized with Top Honors at PBL Virtual State Leadership Conference

Students from across five colleges, located in North and South Dakota, came together to Aspire to lead and network at the virtual Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference (SLC).    Participants from across North Dakota universities, Presentation College, and Northern State University attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in business and business-related competitive events. Presentation College students competed in both individual and team events.

The following Presentation College students received recognition at the PBL Awards of Excellence Program on April 10, 2021: 

Jerod Boswell received 1st place in Client Service, 1st place in Help Desk, and 3rd place in Financial Concepts.  Josephyne Clemens received 1st place in Business Ethics.  Nimish Gounder received 1st place in Human Resource Management (team event), 1st place in Impromptu Speaking, and 1st place in Management Analysis and Decision Making (team event).  Aaron Havis received 2nd place in Contemporary Sports Issues.  Cassidy Keller received 1st place in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making (team event), 1st place in Public Speaking, and 2nd place in Global Analysis and Decision Making (team event).  Sydney Miller received 1st place in Job Interview, 1st place in Marketing Analysis and Decision Making (team event), and 2nd place in Global Analysis and Decision Making (team event).  William Putman received 1st place in Human Resource Management (team event), 1st place in Management Analysis and Decision Making (team event), and 2nd place in Management Concepts.  Alexandra White received 1st place in Human Resource Management (team event) and 1st place in Management Analysis and Decision Making (team event). 

“These students are some of the most dedicated and hard-working students at Presentation College. It is quite evident that all of their persistence to excellence came to fruition at the PBL Awards of Excellence program this year.  Each of these young women and men will truly be an asset to their communities,” said Brenda Merkel, Presentation College business faculty.                                               

For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive virtual workshops, tied blankets for Project Linus, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.


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Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. FBLA-PBL’s mission is to inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Presentation College Dean Awarded Ambassador of the Year 2020

Dr. Trisha Waldman, Dean of Health & Natural Science at Presentation College was awarded the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Ambassador of the Year.

The mission of the Ambassador Committee is to promote a positive community image and serve as goodwill ambassadors at Chamber and community functions such as ribbon cuttings, new business openings, ground breakings, business relocations, and other networking events.

“I am appreciative to my fellow committee members for recognizing me for this award. I volunteer with the Aberdeen Chamber Ambassadors to assist in providing a quality community life for those around me. A community is only as strong as its members, and when we all pitch in, we are able to foster relationships and strive to build a vibrant community,” said Dr. Waldman.

The Ambassador of Year Award, referred to as the YAAA (You’re an Amazing Ambassador!) Award by the committee, is given to an individual whom the committee members feel best exemplifies the mission of the committee. The award recipient is voted on by fellow Chamber Ambassadors and was awarded prior to the 2021 Community Champions Luncheon.

Presentation College Launches Communication Honor Society

To support our Core Value of Education of Distinction, Presentation College has launched a new honor society, Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. The organization seeks to recognize the academic achievement of outstanding students in Communication, as well as promote the profession. The Alpha Zeta Kappa chapter was launched in Fall 2020 and is open to students of any major that meet the requirements for membership, including a GPA requirement.

Members of this honor society meet periodically throughout the academic year for activities, speakers, and other events in collaboration with other Presentation College organizations and contribute to special Communication program projects, like set-up for the new Multimedia Center. This membership also connects students to resources for scholarship and professional connections through the National Communication Association.

The chapter was officially launched before winter break with a membership induction ceremony, which was presented by Deb Schuelke, Communication Program Director/Advisor; Dr. Trisha Waldman, Dean of Social Sciences & Humanities; and Dr. Diane Duin, Vice President for Academic Affairs. The inaugural class includes: Alexander Karp (President), Nimish Gounder (Vice President), Rodney Axson, Marshal Chace, Josie Clemens, Gaige Marshall, Riggs Tann, Ta’Mario Tufts, and Ashley Veech-Harris.

Pictured left to right: Marshal Chace, Riggs Tann, Alexander Karp, Nimish Gounder, Rodney Axson, Ta’Mario Tufts, and Jose Clemens.

PC Announces President and Dean Lists for Fall 2020

ABERDEEN, S.D. — Presentation College has announced the President and Dean Lists for the Fall 2020 semester. To qualify for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average for the semester. Students maintaining a 3.5 to 3.999 grade point average are included on the Dean’s List.

President’s List:

Rebecca Allen
Zack Anders
Madison Brink
Marshal Chace
Josephyne Clemens
MiKayla Forsting
Nimish Gounder
Brooke Heairet
Taylor Holm
Maxim Kaster
Kenzie Kuxhaus
Sarah Larson
Antony Martinez
Sydney Miller
Kristina Nelson
Zach Niederman
Keagan Niedermeyer
Emma Ogitchida
Jenna Ostenson
Abbie Rodgers
Elizabeth Serago
McKenzie Serfoss
Camryn Shockley
Echo Smit
Alex Sumption
Amy Turner
Gavin Ulbrich
Harleigh Utecht
Samantha Vanderwel
Victoria Vau
Alexandra White
Delainey Williams

Dean's List:

Kyle Angielski
Rodney Axson
Laura Babcock
Jillian Barton
Parker Beastrom
Jackson Becker
Eh-Htoosoe Bei
Amy Bladow
Makenzey Burggraff
Jamie Campbell
Erica Carda
Olivia Castellanos
Ronna Chappell
Payton Colestock
Amanda Cone
D'Heaven Domena
Alejandra Dominguez
Jonah Evans
Christopher Freeman
Samuel Garner
Mathias Gonzalez
Makaela Gross
Molly Hanse
Sharmayne Hardy
Jacob Hawkins
Corrine    Helmueller
Heidi Hiler-Janssen
Makaela    Hoff
Hannah Hoffert
Breanne    Huitz
Kelsie Jenkins
Preston Jones
Phillip Jourdan
Brandon Justice
Alexander Karp
Cassidy    Keller
Jacob Klemme
Yasmin Knock
Katrin Kriener
Jordan Kulczyk
Carrie Kwasniewski
Kayla Lang
Hayden Leggett
Megan Lindahl
Kasey Livingston
Cassandra Loa
Emily Locke
Aylene Lopez
Michael Lyons
Alex Mantone
Justin Mcclurg
Adam McGrath
Maurice Meadows
Callie Mickelson
Zachary Mikkonen
Nicole Miller
Morgan Moelter
Hannah Moffenbier
Shawnee Mollman
Nicholas Moore
Samuel Motzkus
Jack Murray
Caleb Mutchler
Allisen Nielsen
Vanessa O'Brien
Kotaro Okada
Brandy Peterson
Evy Peterson
Isabella Pinotti
Derek Raese
Megan Roehl
Constence Rollins
Brook Russell
Karly Sanchez
Kennedy Schimke
Emily Schock
Amanda Schuman
Colton Schusted
Amanda Stebbins
Riggs Tann
Tabe Ekureh Tarkang Bessem
Shelby Tietz
JayDan Vasquez
Ashley Veech
Camille Vestal
Josie Walz
Kayla Weitzman
Ashleigh Wong
Avelyn Yang

South Dakota Stock Market Game Program Announces Fall session Winning Teams

The 2020 fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game concluded its 10-week trading session on Friday, December 11.  Teams of student stock market investors receive a hypothetical $100,000 to perform online investing in real-time stocks, bonds and mutual funds.  The program’s carefully integrated curriculum lets students experience the financial markets in the classroom as they learn about business, math, economics, personal finance and the importance of saving and investing for the long term.  Student teams compete for prizes in the High School, Middle School and College / University divisions. 

The second-place winning portfolio value was $124,030.62 which was created by Presentation College student Colton Schusted.   Third place went to Hannah Rivero, from Presentation College, with a portfolio value of $114,376.80.  Presentation College instructor Brenda Merkel used the program in her Business Finance class.

The SD SMG program provides teachers with online support during each trading session and free online training prior to and during each session.  During the 10-week session, teachers receive weekly newsletters on economic, business and personal finance topics to integrate the program into a variety of grade levels and subjects.  The SMG program includes InvestWrite, a national essay competition that is the culminating SMG activity. Students are challenged to think critically about real-world financial issues by preparing essays about long-term saving and investing. Winners receive a paid trip to New York City and a visit to the New York Stock Exchange. 

The South Dakota Stock Market Game has been delivered by Black Hills State University through the Center for Economic Education since 1994.  The Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education has an exclusive license to operate the SMG program in South Dakota with the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).  The SMG program is widely identified as the leader in youth financial education and the only program proven in rigorous, independent studies year-after-year to raise math and financial literacy test scores and to change financial behavior for the better for students and teachers.  Over 600,000 students from all 50 states participate each year.  The SDSMG is sponsored by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Foundation for Investor Education.


The Spring 2021 SD SMG session starts on February and ends on April 16.  Registration is now open.  To register, go to and select the Feb 8 – Apr 16 session. 


For more information, contact Professor Don Altmyer, BHSU Center for Economic Education Director and South Dakota Stock Market Game Coordinator at

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