Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- June 04, 2001


Cal State L.A.'s Phi Chapter Garners Awards at Pi Sigma Epsilon 2001 National Convention

California State University, Los Angeles' Phi Chapter
of Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) recently took home first place awards from the weeklong National Pi Sigma Epsilon Convention in Dallas, Texas. The Phi Chapter also received a plaque recognizing the 45th year of the Phi Chapter's existence at Cal State L.A.

At this year's PSE convention, students participated in several competitions and attended numerous seminars. The Phi Chapter competed in the following competitions: Top Marketing Research Project, the Challenger Award, and National Speakers Competition as well as Special Events and Pro/Am Sell-a-Thon of which Cal State L.A. placed first.

Cal State L.A.'s Phi Chapter members participating were: Anne Vong, Alhambra; Stacy Lee, Alhambra; Dawn Sison, Glendale; Mike Cho, South Pasadena; Edmond-Ho Wong, Alhambra; Katie Mac, Baldwin Park; Craig White, Burbank; and Ronald Yee, Los Angeles.

Dawn Sison, Marketing Management major from Glendale, was the winner of the Pro/Am Sell-a-Thon. This is a role-play sales-call competition in which participants are evaluated on their ability to address the various sales steps and to complete the sale. She also did a presentation for the National Speakers Competition on "Candles" and their safety. The National Speakers competition had 10 entries and was extremely competitive.

Cal State L.A.'s Phi Chapter won the Special Events competition that was presented to all conference attendees in which twelve other chapters also competed. The Phi Chapter's multi-media presentation reflected and highlighted efforts of a service project done at Christmas time for the California Hospital Medical Center, a children's hospital in Los Angeles. Cal State L.A.'s Phi Chapter was highlighted on the front of the hospital's newsletter for these efforts. Ann Vong (Marketing Management major), Stacy Lee (Marketing Management major), Mike Cho (International Business major) and Edmond-Ho Wong (Accounting major) made up the Special Events presentation team. Special Events is a multi-media presentation integrating music, sound effects, and a live narrative event done to motivate chapters to give back to their community and society as a whole as well as giving them experience in developing presentations for corporate business, marketing and sales meetings. Some of the other competing chapters in this category were from: Arizona State University; University of Hawaii, Manoa; University of Wisconsin, Whitewater; Louisiana State University; Miami University, Ohio; and Virginia Tech University.

Cal State L.A.'s Phi Chapter has won the following awards in the past few years:

1997, National Speakers Competition, Jennifer Truong for a presentation "Happiness"

1998, Top Marketing Project for the "Catera Goes Hollywood," General Motors Marketing Internship.

1999, Challenger Award (Outstanding leadership for a chapter), Ahmet Murat Mendi

2000, Lewis F. Gordon Top Chapter - Second Runner Up (Ranked third among the top seven chapter in the United States and Puerto Rico) This is the most prestigious award given by Pi Sigma Epsilon as is it assesses the activities of the chapter over the past year.

Several years Phi Chapter has also won the Top Pi Sigma Epsilon Region (Western) Award.

The Phi Chapter members have received the following scholarships from PSE national headquarters:

1997   Pro/Am Sale-A-Thon Scholarship for convention registration, travel reimbursement and other conference amenities to Jennifer Troung (Marketing major)

1999   Northwestern Mutual Life Scholarship for $1,500 to Ahmet Murat Mendi

1999   PSE Future Leaders Scholarship for convention registration, travel reimbursement and other conference amenities to John Soledad (Marketing major).

1999   Pro/Am Sale-A-Thon Scholarship for convention registration, travel reimbursement and other conference amenities to Monica Dozier (Marketing major)

Shirley Stretch-Stephenson and Rika Houston serve as Cal State L.A. faculty advisors. Stretch attended the convention with the students and was appointed to the Mu Kappa Tau, a Marketing Honorary board of directors during the convention.

Fifth plus four-year universities across the United States and Puerto Rico attended the convention. PSE is a national co-educational organization created to advance sales and marketing education.


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