On April 15, Belmont University’s Department of Athletics hosted a Business Etiquette Dinner for its senior student-athletes and students from the University student body as a career development opportunity conducted by the department’s CHAMPS/Life Skills program.
Approximately 40 students participated in the event conducted by Angela Chapman, career counselor at Vanderbilt University Law School. Chapman instructed the students in proper business and dinner etiquette and expected protocol when entering today’s job market. She also discussed appropriate interviewing techniques that would assist them after graduation in their job search. In addition, a number of local business professionals participated in the event, relaying their real-life experiences to the students.
“I am pleased with the success of our first Business Etiquette Dinner,” said Sarah Cowart, Belmont’s CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator. “I believe every person in attendance, both the students and our professionals, learned something during the event that they can take forward into the business world.”
“This dinner was very helpful for me as I enter the job market after graduation next month,” said Sara Bentley, a senior on Belmont’s softball team. “You never know what the deciding factor will be for an employer in a hiring situation, and the advice Ms. Chapman gave us will hopefully give us an advantage over other job applicants.”
The dinner was the result of a NCAA Educational Affairs Pilot Grant directed for student-athlete development that the department received in March. Belmont is one of 30 NCAA institutions and the only Atlantic Sun Conference member that received this grant. The CHAMPS/Life Skills program supports the student-athlete development initiatives of NCAA member institutions and enhances the quality of the student-athlete experience within the context of higher education.