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Spotlight on Life-Skills 101: Navigating Life after College

March 16, 2007

Category: Academics, Alumni, History & Politics, Staff, Students


Question: What do you get when you mix twenty forward-thinking Catawba students, two staff members, one professor, two trustees and seventeen members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors?

Answer: A wonderful life-skills series!

Jointly, the Alumni Office and the Office of Career Services hosted Life-skills 101: Navigating Life after College, open to students of any class year. Twenty students accepted the invitation to learn about Personal Finance from Professor Al Carter; transitioning from "Backpack to Briefcase" and business etiquette from Marcia Miller, Director of Career and Service Learning; and enjoyed the grand finale of networking with the alumni association board of directors and two trustees, as well as learn the finer points and importance of dining etiquette presented by Alumni Director Margaret Faust. The night concluded with a very nice meal at the Country Club of Salisbury where dining skills were highlighted.

The Life-skills series has evolved over the years. Originally a thirty minute seminar required only for athletes, it has grown to be an open invitation to any interested students. This years’ three part series was met by eager participants wanting to polish the skills that may set them apart. Elisa Alfieri, a senior Political Science major summed it up best "The Life-skills seminars were some of the most personally enriching activities that I have engaged in at Catawba. I couldn't have been more impressed with the organization of the event or the variety of topics that were discussed. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone wishing to advance themselves both personally and professionally."  Alumni Board President-Elect Kelly McKinley Kepley ’87 added "The Life-skills program has provided not only an awesome well-rounded introduction into the working world, it has allowed Alumni to participate with students and share career experiences.  I am very impressed with our students and their drive for success, and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to improve my own life skills."

* The college wishes to acknowledge the support of Alice and Fred Stanback for the Life-skills seminars. We are grateful!