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Heath Studies seniors have lunch with business professionals

Published December 13, 2017

Thirty-five ULM Health Studies seniors took part in a professional business luncheon in the Student Center on Oct. 11.

As part of their HLST 4002 Healthcare Law class, instructor Dr. Paula Griswold coordinated a professional business luncheon where several community business leaders attended. The goal of this event was to improve the students’ awareness of business dining customs to help them succeed in this area of workplace communication in the future.

The students were prepared with individualized career-based questions and were divided into groups of five with one community leader at each table. Throughout the business luncheon interaction, the students were able to sharpen their networking abilities, learn dining etiquette as well as their interpersonal and communication skills. 

The local business leaders present were Jonathan Phillips – President, University Health Conway; Brad Burtram – Human Resources Director; Vantage, Jeanette Ellington – Executive Director, West Ouachita Senior Center; Kevin Goldman – CEO, North Louisiana Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Clinic; and Adebola Shoyebi – Marketing Director, Centric. 

According to Griswold, her objective of this luncheon was “to enhance the students’” soft skills which are critical for productive performance in today’s workplace.  She highlighted that, “Our business leaders continually emphasize the need to develop these types of skills in future employees.” 

Program Director of Health Studies Dr. Jessica Dolecheck stated, “These types of engaging experiences are extremely meaningful for our students in helping them prepare for their future.”

Dr. Stacy Starks, a faculty member in Health Studies, also attended and observed the overall enthusiasm of the students taking part in this event.  

The professional business luncheon launched in hope to aid students strengthen important professional areas for future employment opportunities. The Health Studies department is aiming to implement the event once a semester after this year’s enormous success.