Students preparing to enter the working world

Dress for Success at Saks Fifth Avenue highlights week's events, which include lecture, music, sports | March 13, 2004

Students are getting several lessons on how to enter the working world this week, including one of the more popular events of the year: the business profession series’ “How to Dress for Success” seminar at Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Cincinnati. Students are shown how to dress and groom themselves for the working world. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, Saks Fifth Avenue representatives provide tips to students on how appearances emphasized by clothing, grooming and posture make a positive first impression.

The store representatives give advice on cosmetics for women and grooming for men and stage a one-hour fashion show of business clothes.

“First impressions are important,” says Sarah Mock, director of cooperative education and mentoring at Xavier’s Williams College of Business. “It is an accepted fact that interviewers make a decision about an applicant in the first five minutes and spend the rest of the time justifying that decision. Appearance and dress play right into that.”

The first 40 students to sign up for the seminar receive personal consultations with company experts. In addition, each participating student receives a free gift card valued from $15 to $50 to be used Tuesday night. For more information, call the department of management and entrepreneurship at 513 745-2927.

Also, on Thursday, March 18, the center for career and leadership development hosts a professional experience program talk from 10:30 a.m.-1130 a.m., in its offices in the Gallagher Student Center. The center refers résumés of qualified students to employers to help the students find part-time, internship and summer jobs. For more information about the PEP talk, call 513 745-3141 or e-mail

Students who want to experience what the world is like in the inner-city can take the urban plunge, so to speak, on Tuesday, March 16, when the Dorothy Day house sponsors a mini-service learning opportunity in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. The urban plunge provides a story and tour of inner-city life. For more information, call 513 745-3046.

Also this week, the annual Beckman lecture features Michael Amaladoss, S.J., this year’s Beckman chair, who delivers his talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Cintas Center on Tuesday, March 16. His topic is “How to Live in a Pluralistic World: Lessons From Asia.” The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513 745-2009.

The University’s inaugural choir and Schola Cantorum, an eight-voice mixed ensemble for liturgical events, is also busy Tuesday night with their presentation of a choral evensong at 8:00 p.m. in the Bellarmine Chapel. Titled “Unceasing Love,” the performance features works of Allegri, Brahms, Casals, Mendelssohn, Rutter and the premier of new works by composer Paul French. The service also features Lenten prayer and scripture readings. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 513 745-3270 or e-mail

Though Wednesday, March 17, is St. Patrick’s Day, the only campus event that day is this week’s coffee hour sponsored by Campus Police at 3:30 p.m. at the campus police station, 3868 Ledgewood Dr. For more information, call 513 745-2864 or e-mail

Thursday evening, students perform their views on the changing social and political climate in the annual “Voices for Change” performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. The performances, produced and developed by students, bring contemporary issues of justice and social equality to life on the stage. For more information, call 513 745-3576 or e-mail "">

In sports this week, on Wednesday, March 17, the baseball team travels to Valparaiso University for a 3:00 p.m. game, and the women’s tennis team travels across town to meet the University of Cincinnati for a 3:00 p.m. match—snow permitting, of course.