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Students Work to Put Professionalism First!             

For release:  November 8, 2011

The Fogelman College of Business & Economics’ fall 2011 Professionalism First! program is under way, with 56 students selected for participation in the current semester. The class, which began Oct. 14 and runs through Nov. 11, is a free, non-credit professional development program designed to provide students with the personal and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in today’s business world. The program was developed by Fogelman College in conjunction with strategic partner First Tennessee Bank.

Professionalism First! promotes lifelong career readiness by providing a high-quality professional development program that teaches students how to improve their professional presence and image. The program includes five one-hour modules: Resume Writing, Interviewing, Networking, Career Strategy & Office Etiquette and Emotional Intelligence.

Fogelman faculty and First Tennessee Bank personnel guide participating students — who are selected through a competitive application process — along the path of professional development. The program is open to business majors who are in good academic standing; juniors and seniors are given priority in the selection process. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a certificate of completion.

The next session of Professionalism First! will be held in the Spring 2012 semester. For information about the program or the application process, please contact Gaylon Hall at or (901) 678-4740.

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