Students from area K12 schools recently had the opportunity to enhance their etiquette skills through a seminar conducted at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC). The seminar, entitled Social Graces, was conducted by NACC’s Ms. Chasley Bellomy, the college’s Event Planner and Director of Alumni Relations. In this hands-on, interactive seminar the students learned proper etiquette for dining, every day interactions, being your brand and interviewing.
In today’s world, there is more and more need for proper etiquette both socially and in the workplace. Many professional schools provide this training in etiquette for their students, and employers in the workforce often encourage the development of those “soft skills” knowing that this leads to better interaction among all employees.
Ms. Bellomy said, “Etiquette is something that I am very passionate about, and the focus of Social Graces is kindness, respect and consideration which is the true meaning of etiquette. Etiquette is something that we can all practice no matter our setting or age. I really encourage the students to practice kindness, respect, and consideration in their social interactions, and we talk about ways each of them can do so.”
Ms. Bellomy conducts many of the college’s very popular events on campus, such as Sand Mountain Soiree, College Advisory Board meetings, and Music on the Mountain. As a part of the professional development training for the seminar, Ms. Bellomy herself received training in etiquette. She completed a workshop on etiquette conducted in New York City by one of the nation’s leading etiquette experts, Myka Meier, founder of Beaumont Etiquette, the Finishing Program at The Plaza Hotel. “I loved being able to share everything I learned with our community,” Ms. Bellomy stated.
In all, twenty students took part in Ms. Bellomy’s Social Graces seminar at NACC. The students ranged from seventh to twelfth grade and were chosen to participate on a first-come, first serve registration basis. Ms. Bellomy, with assistance from NACC staff, created the imaginative and colorful decorations and setting for the seminar, which also demonstrated the care and attention to detail that goes into planning a social event. The seminar included a four-course luncheon at which proper table manners and settings were illustrated.
“This seminar is another way that Northeast serves our community,” NACC President Dr. David Campbell stated. “We of course do focus on educational training in the classroom or now online. However, it is lessons learned through seminars such as Social Graces that can help students advance in those careers. Ms. Bellomy envisioned and put together this seminar and volunteered to conduct it in addition to her other responsibilities. Special thanks to her and we do hope to provide more etiquette seminars in the future. I am certain they will be back by popular demand!”
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