Morristown, N.J. (May 5, 2017) – The Business Club held its first Business Etiquette Event in the flex classrooms of the Annunciation Center this semester. It was planned and coordinated by the club's executive board members: Hayley Holzhacker, '18, Christine Grispart, '18, Kassandra Ortiz, '18, and incoming secretary Laurie Ginn-Cuttino, '18, with the assistance of advisor and Business Administration instructor Wendy Hahn.
"It is often said that we will meet a variety of people in our lives. The people we meet will have either a positive or adverse impact on who we are, what we are, and who we will become," says Bonalye Norelus, '18, member of the business club. "In that respect, we can interpret people as the initiators of our experiences and influences of our decisions. I think the Business Etiquette Event was all about meeting those individuals."
Jennifer Santiago from Enterprise and Anne Marie Jarka from Novartis were the main speakers at the event. Santiago, who has held other events on campus, shared tips about dining in a business setting and how to dress properly for an interview. Jarka also expanded on interview tips and shared additional advice focused on overall career tips.
Eager to get started, Cuttino maintained the registration table during the event and has already been helping out the club. "I am excited to become the new secretary for the business club," she says.
In between the presentations, everyone enjoyed a full-course meal. Attendees included CSE faculty and outside business professionals who networked with students over dinner. This club initiative is creating opportunities for its members, and other CSE students to obtain career and internship opportunities, while also preparing them for careers after graduation.
"The event turned out better than we imagined," said Treasurer Grispart. "We plan to make this an annual event. We are excited for the next year, hoping to bring more students to the club and future events."
Hahn expresses her gratitude towards everyone involved: "Bringing business partners, CSE Faculty and the CSE Mentoring Program together with our CSE students, the Business Club did an outstanding job executing this event and we look forward to hosting it again next year. Special thanks to Enterprise and Jennifer Santiago for their continued generosity and support of our events and students at CSE."
With a new member on the board, the business club is excited for future endeavors.
"As Wayne Gretsky says, 'you miss 100% of the shots you don't take,'" quotes Norelus. "I think the hidden lesson for the event was to go out there and take chances and network along the way."