The Black Executive Exchange Program of the National Urban League sponsored a career awareness and planning seminar recently for University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students.
The theme seminar was “LAWS for a Successful Career,” with special emphasis being placed on Listening, Appearance, Writing and Speaking (LAWS). Presented annually by the Office of Career Services at the UAPB, the seminar began with an orientation for BEEP representatives and UAPB students that are selected to serve as official escorts for the representatives during their stay on campus. The orientation provided the representatives and students with expectations of the seminar and information about the university.
The program began at UAPB 27 years ago. “Because of the outstanding program format and participation from corporate executives during the 2011 program, which included UAPB alumni, UAPB was voted ‘BEEP’s University of the Year’,” a spokesman said.
Executives spent a day on campus speaking with students about being successful in the real world of work. The student escorts were responsible for introducing the executives to instructors and the classes they visited. In classs, they were able to deliver their messages and address any concerns students had about making the transition from school to a career or about the companies or government agencies they represented.
BEEP is a voluntary effort on the part of industry and government agencies to loan key African American professionals to participating colleges and universities.
This year, two alumni representatives participated - Joe Blanks, vice president-consumer lending at Pine Bluff National Bank, and Hannibal Bolton, assistant director of the USDA Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.
Five BEEP executives participated in this year’s program along with one Urban League representative. The other representatives were Shawn Coates, chief of staff, CIA; Candice Jones, senior manager talent acquisition, Walmart, and Ann Williams, executive director, Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The student escorts and their fields of study were Marquies Carter, industrial technology; Kiara Ford, agriculture business; Raven Handley, biology; Courtney Henderson, accounting; and Charlyse Lawson, business administration.
A similar project, the Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF) Program, will be held Feb. 24-26.
Mary M. Jones, director of career service, encourages students to visit the Office of Career Services and get involved in making plans for life after graduation.
Additional information on BEEP and other Career Services’ events may also be obtained by calling 575-8461.