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Students: This Year’s Evening with Business the Best Ever

November 24, 2007
By Wayne Sheets, Contributing Business Writer
    Students of the Business Administration Department at Davis & Elkins College said that the Evening with Business activities  in the Robert C. Byrd conference center on Nov. 13 was the “best ever.”

    Tigran Ghazaryan, an exchange student from Armenia, said, “This is the best college so far I [have] ever seen in the United States.” Majoring in hospitality, he has also attended American University in Washington, D.C., studying English. He came to America in August and will return to his home country in June of next year.

    “Tonight, I’ve learned so much from the business professionals who have been so kind to come up to the college. I’ve gotten some hot tips for interviews and networked with so many successful people,” said Becky Sinclair, a senior from Franklinville, N.J.

    Second-year international business management student Joel Richardson from Trinidad and Tobago said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the businessmen and women and top management officials and not be seen as a mere college student, but as young professionals soon to enter the job market.”

    In her welcoming comments, Dr. Gloria M. Payne, chairwoman of the Business Administration Department, said to students and business executives alike, “You are the reason this program is so successful. If it weren’t for the students taking an interest in learning from the experts of the business community, there would be no reason for the representatives of business to be here.  And, of course, the converse is true. We appreciate the efforts you, our business leaders, make to share your expertise with our students. The interest our students have demonstrated by being here tonight to take advantage of this event as a means of gaining a deeper insight into the various career fields they are interested in speaks to their concerns for being the successful business executives of the future.  In the past, I have had numerous senior, who were undecided or struggling with confusing issues regarding choosing a career field, come to me within days after these events and tell me that their interactions with a particular professional was the experience that helped them make their career choice.”

    Executives representing accounting, advertising, commercial aviation, communications, financial planning, healthcare management, hospitality management, human resource management, insurance, law, retailing, marketing, office administration and management, public relations, real estate sales and mortgaging, tourism, and writing were present to answer the students’ questions and share expertise with them.

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LEARNING FROM BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS — Becky Sinclair speaks with John Elza, executive director of the Homeownership Center Inc.



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