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Professional Development Week Was a Great Success

Doris Hastings doing the tie challenge with a student for a professional attire activityProfessional Development Week (PDW) was held April 9-13 in the Perdue School of Business. Each day, students were invited to participate in a variety of activities aimed at enhancing their professionalism. Activities were led by Student Business Leaders (SBL) and took place in the Atrium from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Topics included professionalism in cyberspace, professional attire, dining etiquette and workplace etiquette. For their participation, students were entered in a daily drawing where the lucky winner received a food voucher. Repeat participants were entered in a separate raffle for a chance to win Perdue School swag. Daily quotes, pictures and videos about professional development were also shared on the school’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Pictures of students, staff and facility partaking in PDW also were featured.

The week culminated with an essay contest requiring students to respond to the question, “What do you think makes someone a professional?” Earning first place and a $75 VISA Gift Card was Natalia Graf; Nick Hubbard took second place along with an assortment of gift cards from various businesses ($50 value); and third place was awarded to Philip Maher who received a $25 gift card to the SU Bookstore.

Professional Development Week was launched in 2015 and is held every spring. SBL Onyewu Akede commented on the event: “there was a lot of positive feedback from both students and professors specifically about the tie challenge and the dining etiquette. Overall, it was a great week.”

Nelli Balkarova hosting a match game during workplace etiquette activity.

Natalia Graf – first place winner
Natalia Graf – first place winner
Philip Maher – third place winner
Philip Maher– third place winner
Nick Hubbard – second place winner
Nick Hubbard – second place winner
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