Programming is truly one of the best aspects of residence life. These events provide the opportunity for residents to form bonds with one another, network for their futures, and expand their knowledge. I love seeing residents enjoy themselves, knowing each person takes something away from the events we host.
Thinking about the past year, one of my favorite programs was our Dress for Success Interview Attire Fashion Show. My goal is that last year’s event will be known as our First Annual Fashion Show and turn into a tradition which our students will look forward to year after year. This event encouraged students to think about what it takes to stand out against their competition in the professional world, particularly as they strive to obtain jobs in a very competitive economy.
The idea for hosting the event was brought to my attention by one of my transfer residents, who had participated in a similar event on the Cattaraugus County Campus last year. He said he really enjoyed it, and thought it would be beneficial for our students. Back when I attended JCC, I remember attending a very similar event during the activity hour. I had learned a lot of valuable information about interview preparation that I called upon when I interviewed for various jobs after I graduated.
Once the idea was formed, I spent numerous hours calling various local stores and picking a date, and finally we were all set. Genevieve, one of the other Residence Directors on campus, volunteered to take our six female models to Maurice’s at the Warren Commons, and I met up with the seven male models at JCPenney at the Chautauqua Mall. The guys seemed to learn a lot as they browsed the business section and obtained assistance from the lovely consultants at JCPenney.
Eleven Hillside Suites residents hit the runway Tuesday evening, April 23, modeling styles in business casual and business professional attire. Kelly Jo DeJoe, a Mary Kay consultant, volunteered her time to provide make-up for the models. Chelsea, an employee from Maurice’s, volunteered to provide music and MC the event. We had over 60 residents in attendance, and overall the event demonstrated how to dress professionally while also offering tips for interviewing. Our residence life staff is looking forward to continuing this event next spring and we may even be looking at a new venue: The JCC Sharmann Theater.