April 13, 2013
Faculty of Business Students of Sheridan’s Tourism and Travel program once again created, planned and presented their year end function as a culmination of their final semester Meetings and Event Planning course. This years’ event was entitled From Bollywood to Hollywood and the event was held at Oakville’s Hilton Garden Inn.
Each final semester Tourism and Travel class are required to create plan schedule the activity by members of the 4th semester Introduction to Meetings and Events class. The Event assignment is focused on experiential learning for the students who were divided into teams based on their interests: Décor, Food and Beverage, Media and Program. A leader was nominated for each team and then overseen by the Assistant Coach.
“This is a great example of experiential learning and is just one component of the Tourism and Travel program. Graduates of our Program use the real-life, hands-on business training included in the program at Sheridan College to go into many areas of the Tourism and Travel Industry, including the exciting world of Meetings and Events Planning and Incentive Travel Planning,” said Donna Black, Coordinator, Sheridan Tourism and Travel program.
- A delicious themed buffet was a main attraction for everyone, with the addition of Hollywood and Bollywood style movie posters and decor, authentic Bollywood dress and a movie theme for each table.
April 5, 2013
Six students from the Faculty of Business recently participated in the inaugural Business Interview Competition held in the Residence Conference Centre at the Davis campus. The Sheridan Career Centre sponsored competition required students to participate in a preliminary event where they filed an application, a resume review, attended a career workshop and participated in a video interview submission. These submissions were then reviewed by Employment Consultants in the Career Centre and the students received feedback on how to prepare for the April 3 event.
The Sheridan Career Centre promoted the event as a way to help students gain valuable interview skills and learn how to use Optimal Resume (an on-line resource for Sheridan students), to boost a student’s career capital and provide an opportunity to meet with employers and receive immediate feedback.
The competition was set-up in a speed networking format, allowing students the opportunity to meet with all six judges from Winners, Staples, Wrigley’s, TekSystems and Technical Standards and Safety Authority TSSA. Prizes were awarded to the overall winners in first and second place. Nicole Whitewood, 3rd year Business Marketing student was this year’s 1st place winner and received a $250.00 gift certificate from Winners. Second place went to Jason Dunphy, a 3rd year Business Marketing student who received a $140 gift certificate from Staples. Each student received Sheridan professional portfolios to assist with their overall interview impression.
The feedback from the participants was unanimous – all of the students felt this was a fantastic event and gained valuable feedback to assist with their future job search strategies.
“The Business Interview Competition was a great opportunity for me to perfect the skills I’ll need after I graduate at the end of this month. I had the chance to network with 6 recruiters in a speed-networking style which allowed me to speak one-on-one with potential employers, without the pressures of an actual interview. The employers also provided feedback on what they’re looking at when they hire,” said Nicole Whitewood, first place winner.
March 27, 2013
Professor Ginger Grant speaks about Business Innovation through Storytelling
Faculty of Business Professor Ginger Grant recently hosted a presentation on the impact of storytelling on business transformation at the Sheridan Applied Research Collaboration Centre, Trafalgar campus.
Storytelling is a tool increasingly used by business to portray complex issues in an engaging and comprehensive manner. Professor Grant says that the ethical complexities involved in conducting business in a global environment require a multicultural approach to business problems. Stories also provide the context where students can hone their moral imagination bringing a balance between critical and analytical thinking.
Professor Grant says the purpose of story has always been to act as a bridge between the past and the future: It is the stories of old that carry the cultural value system into the present and on into the future, re-contextualized to suit the time at hand. Why is this important now? Our mode of production has shifted to organizational knowledge creation and knowledge workers. In this new economic environment, a traditional mode of production thinking is potentially counter-productive if not destructive. A new paradigm is needed, one that recognizes that the future belongs to people who use their hearts as well as their heads. Awareness of this shift is the key to realizing a new paradigm that links passion to purpose with an economic driver.
This presentation is a sneak peek of Dr. Grant’s upcoming lecture at the Global Innovators Conference 2013 in Doha, Quatar, on April 4-7th.
March 26, 2013
Sheridan Faculty of Business students practice their etiquette in public
Good manners and a working knowledge of professional behavior are always essential and productive skills in every business person. These are the same skills that Sheridan Faculty of Business students practice in their Professional Edge course, a required second-year course in the Business Administration programs at Sheridan. The evening of March 25th, saw 50 students come together for the opportunity to learn and practice this important professional behavior at the annual Guided Dinner event, a capstone project of the Professional Edge course.
Louise Fox, professional etiquette coach
The elegant evening was orchestrated by industry expert Louise Fox, who provided a step-by-step commentary guiding Sheridan Faculty of Business students through contemporary business dining protocol as they enjoyed the wonderful five course meal.
This year’s event was held at Alice Fazooli’s restaurant in Mississauga. The guided dinner is offered as part of the Professional Edge course but is open to all interested students. The students who attended were very pleased with the event and vowed to practice their new skills daily.
The event was sponsored by the Faculty of Business and organized by Professor John McRae and Program Support Specialist Lesley Rumsby.