The campus has been abuzz with experiential learning opportunities these past few weeks, including Experiential Learning Day (ELD). A few weeks back, I shared my past experiences at ELD; the focus of this blog will be on some of the other events I attended.
On April 3rd, the college hosted the 4th Annual Business Etiquette Dinner at Cascade in Hamden. With over 60 students and alumni in attendance, the night began with a formal networking session led by Robert A. Shutt, Etiquette Educator and founder of RA Solutions.net. Mr. Shutt taught us how to invite others into a conversation, as well as how to approach other people already engrossed in a conversation. Next, we practiced the art of the handshake. The most important thing Mr. Shutt spoke about during the networking session was how to make a lasting impression on prospective employers and new contacts. Shutt stated that it is “great to review the attendee list and research those folks on LinkedIn before any networking event.” This helps you to find a conversation starter or make a connection with the people you may prospectively meet.
After networking, we were invited into the garden room to eat dinner and continue the conversation at our table. Upon entering the room, we were immediately taught basic forms of etiquette -how to find a seat, formally introduce ourselves, and the placement of a napkin on your lap. As each course came out, Mr. Shutt explained the proper way to eat the food and offered simple tips – such as how to excuse yourself when those “mandatory” phone calls occur. The most important thing I learned is that during a business meal, one’s primary focus should be on the conversation instead of the meal itself; you can always stop for a bite to eat on the way home.
From April 7-11, the college participated in the national “Money Smart Week” campaign started by the Federal Reserve Bank. Created to help promote financial literacy, there was at least one event each day to help students become “money smart”. One of my favorite events was the Financial Fun Facts Drop. During lunch on Tuesday, we passed out 150 PayDay and 100 Grand candy bars with financial facts adhered to the back. The facts covered a plethora of categories – from “getting the most out of your student ID” to “being creative with your leisure time”.
On Wednesday, April 9, Wepawaug-Flagg Federal Credit Union offered a “Financial Boot Camp for the Millennial Student”. Marketing Manager David Hinchey shared the “top 10” reasons for traditional aged college students can become more financially savvy. At the end of boot camp, students were invited to “Take the Pledge” to be financially smart and think before swiping the card! Hopefully these events encouraged students to become smarter with their money.
Taking advantage of the experiential learning opportunities provided by Albertus Magnus College really expands your knowledge – inside and outside of the classroom.