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Students to get pointers on business etiquette

Oct. 17, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Some 100 Western Michigan University students will be displaying their good taste by attending WMU's eighth annual Etiquette Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Fetzer Center on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo.

The Etiquette Dinner, which includes a seminar and group meal, imparts bread and butter information about proper business etiquette in social situations. It is organized by Career and Student Employment Services each fall for juniors, seniors and graduate students.

The seminar portion of this CSES program allows students to pick up pointers for avoiding social gaffes during such common business situations as mealtime interviews and meetings.

The dinner portion of the evening gives participants a chance to practice their newly learned skills. While dining, the students will network with up to 20 different employer representatives who are co-sponsoring this year's event, one of them being Fifth Third Bank.

Presenting the seminar portion of the program will be two members of the human resources department at Fifth Third Bank (Western Michigan): recruiter Jamie Martinez and department Vice President Thomas Brown. Martinez, a 1998 WMU alumna, will be honored during the evening as WMU's 2004-05 Recruiter of the Year.

In addition to her duties managing the Fifth Third's college recruiting program, Martinez recruits for the retail division in Kalamazoo and southwest Michigan as well as the credit analyst program. She also manages Fifth Third's diversity internship and scholarship program in western Michigan.

Martinez is active in the Grand Rapids community, serving as a member of the Young Leaders Society, Women's Leadership Council and planning committee of the Children's Assessment Center.

Brown has more than 17 years of experience in the recruiting field, primarily in the areas of employment and behavioral recruitment, and has presented a variety of workshops and seminars to Michigan businesses, colleges and universities.

He serves as state communications and technology director for the Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, West Michigan Recruiter's Roundtable and national Association for Internet Recruiting.

Students attending the Etiquette Dinner must register in advance and show up dressed in business attire. Space is limited, so immediate registration is encouraged. Event tickets cost $8. To register, students should call CSES at (269) 387-2745 or visit its offices on the first floor of Ellsworth Hall.

For more information, call Grisel Puertos at (269) 387-6280 or visit the Web site at www.Broncojobs.wmich.edu.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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