Volume 96, Issue 84
Tuesday, March 11, 2003

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Western etiquette

Re: "How not to be a wanker," Mar. 6

To the Editor:

The article written by Tom Podsiadlo entitled "New Brunswick Teaches Etiquette Course," caught the attention of several of our staff members at the Student Development Centre. While Western may not offer a formalized, credit course to teach etiquette, there has been an etiquette workshop offered twice already this semester through Career Services and the Backpack to Briefcase team (a partnership between the University Students' Council, Alumni Relations and Development and the SDC).

This workshop, titled "Etiquette for Professionals," was well attended and generated considerable student interest. "Etiquette for Professionals" delivered information on appropriate behaviour in interviews, courteous communication, proper protocol for manager/employee introductions and handling a multicultural work environment. This workshop was developed and delivered by SDC's Career Services intern, Stephanie Pantel.

While it would be wonderful if an official academic course was developed and approved on this topic, please let students know that this isn't their only option. SDC's Career Services and the Backpack to Briefcase Program is available to provide information on this and other topics to help students make a successful transition between the academic and working world. For more information about this and other programs, check out upcoming events at www.sdc.uwo.ca

Pamela Bere,
MA Education (Counselling)
Career Services and Psychological Services
Student Development Centre,
Rm. 210, UCC

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