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Released Februrary 17, 2004


LONG BEACH -- Some of South Mississippi's future community leaders will soon get some training in business and dining etiquette at The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Twenty-three students of the Junior Leadership Program from Harrison Central High School will come to the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach Feb. 19 to receive a class in "Business and Dining Etiquette." The event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

"So much of what we will serve them, not only in business situations but in social situations as well, will give them a feeling of confidence when placed in a business environment," said Chef Pam Lewis, senior instructor at the Southern Miss Culinary Arts Academy, who will be one of the etiquette presenters. Jean Wiesenburg of Hancock Bank will be the other presenter.

The importance of this kind of etiquette can not be stressed enough.

"In today's society we are so caught up in 'technology' that we as educators or parents forget the importance of simple etiquette," said Kelli Fore, a Harrison County High School adviser and representative. "Many of our students are lacking the confidence that is needed in a formal business atmosphere. Therefore, with the cooperation of The University of Southern Mississippi, we are working towards achieving these goals."

Fore also said that the etiquette session will give her students the opportunity to learn, as well as demonstrate the appropriate etiquette behavior that is expected in high- pressure formal settings.

This year's Junior Leadership class began last month and continues until May 4, with a graduation scheduled at the Oasis Spa and Resort in Gulfport.


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