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Professional Development Program Impacts Nearly 450 in First Year

     The RCBC Professional Development Program had great success in its inaugural academic year.  Designed to help prepare students to communicate effectively, interact professionally, and develop leadership skills for today’s challenging business environment, the Program included a total of 22 events highlighting business communications, leadership, corporate culture, industry-specific topics as well as transitioning from college to career. Counting both semesters, more than 420 students participated in the program, which included hour-long workshops, panel discussions, Women in Business luncheons and the second annual International Business Day in New York City.

     The success of the Professional Development Program is greatly due to the dedicated alumni who participated by donating their time and efforts.  Alumni participants include Chuck Breuer ’76, Mike Chieco ’10, David Cohen ’08, Beth Ann Eason ’89, Faith Glazier ’87, Jonathan Green ’92, Chris Hite ’89, Christine McLaren ’12, Matt Petrozelli ’03, Erika Riddle Petrozelli ’03, ’04 and Maureen Sagi ’87.  CBE faculty members Liuba Belkin (Assistant Professor, Department of Management) and Matt Melone (Professor, Perella Department of Finance and Law) contributed as presenters, and many other faculty and staff greatly aided in the success of the Program throughout the year.

     The RCBC also organized an Advisory Council of sophomore, junior and senior students who assisted in promoting, planning and enhancing the RCBC name and Professional Development Program.  Advisory Council members include Taylor Alexy ’16, Emily Balfour ’16, David Betz ’16, Jillian Forbes ’14, Briana Gardell ’14, Katie Kiewel ’15, Ryan Lichtenberg ’14, Paige Mitchell ’15, Victor Mohlin ’15, Jacob Mutchler ’15, Matt Novich ’15, Paul Sloand ’16 and Connor Timmerman ’16.  Because of their leadership and participation, the Advisory Council helped to advance the Program and enhance the student experience. 

Contributed by: Jamie Pugh, Associate Director, Rauch Center for Business Communications (RCBC)

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