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The Lookout | July 17, 2018

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Students sharpen skills at AMA Etiquette Dinner

Students sharpen skills at AMA Etiquette Dinner

Sarah Spohn
A&E Editor

The shiny silverware and sparkling glasses adorned the white linen table. There were to be no drunken toasts or throwing of the bridal bouquet though.

This night was all business, when the LCC American Marketing Association (AMA) hosted their eighth annual business etiquette dinner on Nov. 18.

180 people, students, teachers, business professionals and community members were in attendance at the Kellogg Center.

The evening started with an hour of networking with business colleges and universities Siena Heights, Spring Arbor, U of M Flint, and Northwood leading the discussion.

Following the networking portion it was time for a little food for thought. Mary Rosell, co-founder of Biggby and a distinguished LCC alumnus gave the dining etiquette speech.

Nicholas Montry, President of the LCC AMA said this year’s event went very well.

“The previous 3-4 years we had the same etiquette host. Mary Rosell doing it this year gave guests that came every year a little different flavor,” Montry said.

This year’s presentation on manners and main dish plates was more casual than year’s past, according to Montry.

Jennifer Slaughter, CASE Credit Union Vice President gave an inspiring speech to students on reaching higher for their dreams. Her keynote address appealed to push student’s just a little further.

College sponsors including Northwood University, U of M Flint and Spring Arbor University representatives spoke on a variety of topics.

Choosing the right school, the nontraditional student and advice for staying motivated were all discussed.

Given the young entrepreneurs and upcoming professionals that filled the room, another unique but relevant topic was discussed.

Courtney Maki, co-founder and managing director of GLOW Social Media Management, spoke on the dos and don’ts of social media.

Maki gave tips on profile pictures, synching LinkedIn contacts as well as pointers for student’s real-world professional lives, not just their virtual worlds.

Chelsea Jenkins, LCC marketing major, learned about the event from her marketing classes. “It was very insightful,” Jenkins said. “It motivated me to network and be more confident with networking.” This was her first time attending the event, but now Jenkins is planning on joining the AMA officially.

The LCC AMA is already in the prepping stages of its next upcoming events.

A comedy show is being planned for mid-January, to raise money for Helping Hands of Mid Michigan as well as a band showcase.

All students are welcome to attend LCC AMA meetings Wednesday at 4 p.m. in GB 304.

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