Student Professional Development Program

Mission

The Seidman College of Business Student Professional Development Program (SPDP) is designed to prepare students to successfully compete in the marketplace of the future.  To accomplish this goal, we instill our students with the knowledge, confidence, and business savvy needed to gain access to and function successfully in their chosen professions.

The Student Professional Development Program is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled in business courses at GVSU.  This program is designed to develop academic and employment career goals through attendance at selected events. 

Each semester, SPDP offers opportunities for self-improvement and self-discovery.  Examples of these events include:  Intercultural Awareness Training, Portfolio Development Training, Networking Skill Development, Dining Etiquette Training, Developing Interviewing Skills, and a Dress for Success fashion show. 

The Seidman Passport Program:  A vital part of the Seidman Student Professional Development Program is the Passport experience.  This component of professional development consists of specially selected seminars custom tailored to prepare students for today’s competitive work environment.  Once students have filled their “passport” or completed the necessary requirements of attending three choice elective events, four choice required events and a mock interview, they will be given a certificate of completion acknowledging their commitment to self-improvement and professional development. 

 

Passport Program Events Winter Semester 2014

Note:  You may only attend an event of the same title once to receive Passport Program credit.

January

Tuesday, January 14 – Study Abroad and International Internship Opportunities for Seidman Students, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Room 1008A, L William Seidman Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus (Required Choice)

Wednesday, January 22 – Discover Business Abroad, 6:00 p.m., Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus (Elective Choice). 

Thursday, January 23 – Finance Internship Expo, 4:00-7:00 p.m., Room 1008A, L. William Seidman Center, Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus (Elective Choice)
 

February

Thursday, February 6 – Professionals of Color Lecture Series with Patrick Miles, 4:00 p.m., Cook-DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus.  Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Seidman Student Undergraduate Professional Development Program (Required Choice) 

Wednesday, February 12Peter F. Secchia Breakfast Lecture featuring Dan Musser, President of the Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, 7:30-9:00 a.m., Charles W. Loosemore Forum, L. William Seidman Center.  Register online by February 5, 2014 at http://www.gvsu.edu/business/index.cfm and click on the Peter F. Secchia Breakfast (Elective Choice)

Wednesday, February 12 – Economics Department Winter Open House, 11:45-1:15 p.m., Room 2266, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus (Elective Choice)

Wednesday, February 19 – Etiquette Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Registration, Perry Room, Alumni House & Visitor Center, Allendale Campus. Career Center sponsored event. To attend you must reserve a space through the Allendale 20/20 Desk. (Elective Choice) 

Tuesday, February 25 – Intercultural Awareness Training, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Room 2270 Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus (Required Choice)
 

March

Wednesday, March 12 – Careers in Management , students register at 4:15, Keynote Presentation starts at 4:30 p.m. The location is the Charles W. Loosemore Forum, L. William Seidman Center, Grand Rapids Campus (Elective-Choice).

Thursday, March 13 - Using Social Media to Build Relationships, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Room 2270, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus (Required Choice)

Friday, March 28 – Passport Program Mock Interview, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 2266, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus.  To schedule a mock interview, go to www.gvsu.edu/lakerjobs  and click on the blue “Student/Alumni Login” button. Login with your network ID and password. On the top of the home page, there is a tab for “Career Events.” Click on this tab, and you will see a list of all of our Career Center events. Choose “Practice Interviews for Seidman Passport Program” on either March 28 or April 11. Click the “Register for Event” button at the top of the page. You should receive a message: “You have successfully RSVP’d for this event”

April

Thursday, April 3 - Dress for Success Event, 4:00 p.m., Grand River Room, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus (Required Choice)

Friday, April 11 – Passport Program Mock Interview, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Room 117E, DeVos Center, Grand Rapids Campus.  To schedule a mock interview, go to www.gvsu.edu/lakerjobs  and click on the blue “Student/Alumni Login” button. Login with your network ID and password. On the top of the home page, there is a tab for “Career Events.” Click on this tab, and you will see a list of all of our Career Center events. Choose “Practice Interviews for Seidman Passport Program” on either March 28 or April 11. Click the “Register for Event” button at the top of the page. You should receive a message: “You have successfully RSVP’d for this event”

Friday, April 18 – What to Expect When You Play at a Golf Course, 1:00-3:00 p.m., The Meadows Club House, 4645 W. Campus Drive, Allendale Campus (Required Choice)

Event reminders may be found in Connections, the Seidman Undergraduate Newsletter. Are you professional developed? Get professionally developed through the Seidman Student Professional Development Program

Questions?  Call the Seidman-Allendale office at 331-2165 or email Robbi Osipoff at osipoffr@gvsu.edu.

 

Contact Information:

Catherine Jones-Rikkers
Director
Phone: 616-331-7464
Email: Jones-rc@gvsu.edu

Robbi Osipoff
Special Projects & Student Professional Development Assistant
Phone: 616-331-3774
Email: osipoffr@gvsu.edu

 

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