Norfolk State’s SPICA Holds First Annual Soiree

Courtesy of Norfolk State University

Student Pathways and Academic Formation hosted its first annual Student Pathways Industry Collaborations and Alliances (SPICA) soiree, “A SPICA Soiree: The Art of Professional Networking & Dining”. During the event, Norfolk State students interacted with industry representatives and NSU faculty and staff to discuss work-based expectations and strategies for a smooth transition from the classroom to the workforce. The goals of the professional networking soiree were to encourage students to participate in networking activities, practice effective communication skills, and learn about various industries and careers from professionals.

The professional networking soiree provided a platform where students displayed the practiced skills acquired in the Student Pathways Professional Empowerment Academy (SPPEA). SPPEA sessions focus on emotional intelligence’s impact on professionalism, professional branding, networking, integrative learning for professional growth, and interviewing strategies.

SPICA Advisory members pinned students who completed all six SPPEA professional development sessions during the program’s inaugural year with a professionalism micro-credential badge to recognize their accomplishments.

In addition, the event gave students the opportunity to learn proper dining and business etiquette for formal and professional settings. This presentation was conducted by Chef Rachel Amato, Assistant Director of Food Services, who has over 14 years of hospitality experience in education, restaurant, catering, and management.