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EATING HABITS COST JOBS FREE CONCERT With today’s fast-food mentality, Americans often forego table manners in favor of convenience. But according to Beth Waddelow, director of Career Services at the University of Central Oklahoma, that mentality could cost you a job. On 1 p.m. April 1, in the Night University Center, Waddelow hosted a business etiquette luncheon for student business leadership. Waddelow explained that as social manners have deteriorated, business manners, or protocol, have remained much the same. “We’re using the hierarchy to gauge our behavior,� Waddelow said. Waddelow said a person’s manners subtly indicate his or her level of education, knowledge of propriety, and even personality characteristics. The way a potential employee interacts with a server can forecast future interactions with co-workers. She warned both against rudeness toward servers and undue accommodation toward servers. “Don’t bus your table for them,� she said. Waddelow walked students through the process of arriving for an interview during a meal, saying that they should plan to arrive five to ten minutes early, but should “scope it out� earlier. She also recommended calling ahead to confirm the location of a meeting place and calling the executive assistant or secretary to clarify areas like name pronunciation or even gender. “Always make sure you’re in the know,� Waddelow said. The topic of knowledge dominated the presentation, which took place as students put the new tips to use in a mock business luncheon. Understand-

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By Rachel Williams/ Contributing Writer

FOR STUDENTS By Jenefar DeLeon / Staff Writer

A fast-food mentality lowers one’s chance at impressing possible employers. Career Services provides free training in business etiquette.

ing of higher social etiquette can leave an impression on potential employers in an increasingly international market where business etiquette is far more standardized across cultures than social etiquette. Simple consideration determines much of business etiquette. The table manners your mother taught you, like not chewing with your mouth full or not rushing, usually remain applicable. “The process of eating is a slow process, and you have to accept that,� Waddelow said.

She said potential employees must take into account other considerations, like the possibility that the interviewer could be aurally sensitive to clanking of silverware on plates. “I’m one of those people,� Waddelow said. “The two most important things are to know where you are and who you are with,� she said. Waddelow said she offers free training in business etiquette and is willing to go off campus for practice meals with student organizations.

UCO’s Student Programming Board along with the Campus Activities and Events will be hosting a spring concert. The spring concert will present Christian musicians and bands Leeland, Phil Wickham and Matt Maher at 7:30 p.m., April 11. Kay Robinson, director of Campus Activities and Events, said she hopes the students will enjoy the spring event and is happy to have three great musicians on campus. “It is a free event for UCO students to attend,� Robinson said. “The Student Programming Board and our office worked hard to set up events like this so that our students can enjoy.� Tickets are available for students at the Campus Activities and Events Office located at the Nigh University Center Room 424. Nonstudents are welcome to attend. Tickets are available at http://ticketstorm.com for $15. Grammy-nominated, Leeland consists of vocalists Leeland and Jack Mooring, drummer Mike Smith and bass player Jack Holtz. The Christian rock band has been known to deliver genuine rock music with lyrics of worship and beliefs since their debut in 2006 called “Sound of Melodies.� They have been Grammy nominated for both “Sound of Melodies,� and their 2008 album, ‘Opposite Way.’ The band has partnered with Christian relief organization Food for the Hungry, which took them to an outreach trip to Africa and Asia, and attend Hillsong Church’s 2008 Conference in Australia. Phil Wickham is a contemporary Christian songwriter and vocalist. He is originally from San Diego, Calif. He has released five albums, including “Give You My World,� and “Cannons.� Matt Maher is also a contemporary Christian musician and a worship leader. He is originally from Canada but relocated to Arizona to further his career. Currently the Student Programming Board consists of eight members, with 25 general members who are responsible of helping set up the spring concert and upcoming events. Upcoming events include Open Mic Night at 8 p.m. on April 15 at the Food Court, and Broncho Jam 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on April 21 at Broncho Lake.

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