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Tennessee Tech University business students are shining their shoes, pressing their suits and putting the finishing touches on their resumes because March 21-25 is the College of Business Spring 2011 Professional Development Week.

The event is held each semester and features a variety of business professionals from local, regional, national and international companies who speak about topics ranging from business etiquette and community involvement to networking and self-marketing.

"Business students affiliating to upper division are required to register for and attend a number of Professional Development Week sessions, but all other students campus-wide are welcome to attend any of the sessions without registering," said Amy Jo Carpenter, program manager of the College of Business Student Success Center, which plans and organizes the event.

The week offers professional speaker sessions, oral communication speaker sessions and written communication workshops.

Featured professional speakers this semester include Tim Bulow, Brad Dozier and Jenny Smith.

Bulow is a TTU accounting graduate who earned an MBA from Harvard University and now serves as global marketing director of General Mills in the company's Minneapolis headquarters.

Dozier is a member of both the Nashville and Tennessee bar associations. For the Nashville Bar Association, he serves on the Estate and Probate Committee and Committee for Continuing Legal Education. He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association of Middle Tennessee and teaches a federal income tax course at Belmont University.

Smith is a Putnam County native who is currently serving as executive producer of marketing for WMC-TV, the NBC affiliate television station in Memphis. She is the recipient of two Emmys, one for promo spot news and the other for short form writer.

The professional speaker sessions will also feature Men in Business and Women in Business panel discussions.

Featured panelists of the Men in Business session include Craft Hayes, who is in business development at Bernard Health; J. Mark Hutchins, vice president for University Advancement at TTU; and J. Phil Wilbourn, a registered professional engineer and a principal consultant at Global Business Management Consultants, as well as an adjunct civil engineering instructor at TTU.

Featured panelists for the Women in Business session include Laura Canada, vice president of communications and programs for the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, and Julie Huffines, chief administrative officer and senior vice president of Community Bank of the Cumberlands.

Speakers for the oral communication sessions include James Akenson and Bob Luna.

Akenson is a TTU curriculum and instruction professor who teaches a course dealing with the educational applications of country music. Luna is the voice of TTU's Golden Eagle Marching Band and branch manager and senior partner of the Luna and Birdwell Investment Group.

Donna Smith, a TTU communications instructor for more than 30 years, will coordinate and lead all of the written communications workshops.

Another event that will be held in conjunction with Professional Development Week is the College of Business Board of Trustees Etiquette Dinner, set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, at TTU's STEM Center.

"Throughout a person's career, he or she encounters numerous situations where business networking or discussion coincides with dining, and the Etiquette Dinner gives College of Business students an opportunity to practice their networking, interviewing and dining etiquette skills," Carpenter said.

"Participating College of Business students and professionals from all over the state will enjoy a wonderful five-course meal while meeting and networking with each other," she continued. "With final resume evaluations and etiquette reviews, this is a great opportunity for business students to meet new people, expand their networking skills and practice skills that will serve them throughout their careers and lives."

While all students are welcome at any of the Professional Development Week sessions, Carpenter points out that the Etiquette Dinner is exclusive to business students.

For a complete schedule of Professional Development Week speakers and sessions or for more about the Etiquette Dinner, go to the College of Business web site at , look under "announcements" and click the Student2Career event link.