Elizabeth Fletcher: Associate professor of business, PBL adviser
May 9, 2011
Elizabeth Fletcher comes from a long line of Evangel graduates, including her husband, brother, two sisters-in-law, her nephew, her niece and her three daughters. Needless to say, she and her family strongly believe in the quality of education offered at Evangel. She served as chair of the Business and Economics Department for 20 years. She continues to teach in the department and provide leadership to the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) teams.
Fletcher encourages students to “create a life, not just a living.” She greatly enjoys hosting dinners, and opens her home to students, friends and family often. Fletcher’s example of hospitality reminds her students to remember and to appreciate the value of people around them.
Fletcher reminds students to live life as if it’s a game: always living to win. Her belief that all things are possible with God and determination pushes her students to succeed and reach beyond their expectations. As Fletcher loves building relationships with those around her, she enjoys playing games with family and friends. “I learn much about people by playing games,” said Fletcher, “Settlers of Catan, Forty-two, Encore, Hand & Foot and Scrabble are my favorites.”
Ultimately, Fletcher is a passionate person remembering her ultimate goal: living her life “gathering jewels for a crown to lay at Jesus’ feet.” She encourages students to laugh, to make music and to remember that everything they do is worship.
What is your favorite memory as an Evangel student?
I especially enjoyed chapel music, chapel speakers and prayer time. I also enjoyed playing Boggle at PBL (Phi Beta Lambda) State Conference.
What are some of the highlights of your career outside of Evangel?
I have been blessed to travel and sing with my family.
The Business Department has very active and accomplished SIFE and PBL teams. Tell us how students can get involved in SIFE and how these clubs prepare them for future business careers.
Social and emotional intelligence (EQ) is perhaps more important than traditional intellectual intelligence (IQ). Students who join the SIFE/PBL team gain critical opportunities for learning and practicing proper social skills. This professional etiquette will benefit them in all areas of their lives, including relationships and especially their business careers. In addition to networking for careers, students gain friendships that literally last a lifetime. Those who join as freshmen and participate through their senior years earn honor cords at graduation.
What are some of the interesting internships that Evangel business students have had the opportunity to do?
Our department offers many different opportunities for internships: Poweshieck Iowa Development Marketing, 3M Human Resources, St. Louis Rams Marketing, AG Financial Solutions customer care, Chestnut Labs supply costing analysis, MACtac (A Bemis Company) ergonomics project, Gray & Associates, LLC — professional surveyor assistant and Foundation for Blind Children — development internship.
What do you love most about teaching at Evangel?
I enjoy the refreshing feeling that comes from assisting bright students as they pursue their careers, and I also enjoy the challenges of helping the less-intellectually endowed students to recognize and develop their gifts into opportunities.
What are some of the exciting things happening in your department right now?
Winning! EU students are the best. The chapter of PBL had 20 qualifiers for nationals; SIFE took the grand prize at Regionals for the Campbell’s Soup Let’s Can Hunger competition and then 2nd place at Nationals; and The Springfield Visioning Challenge Team also won first place community-wide.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
With God and personal diligence, any dream is within your reach. So dream big. Invest every moment in learning and building relationships. Live with no regrets.