Agriculture students mingled, networked

Agriculture students had the opportunity to mingle and network professionally at a business dinner held by Norman Career Services.

Career counselor Melanie Diffey said that the scheduled etiquette dinner was a private event for agriculture students and students taking agriculture courses.

Diffey said that students who attended the dinner had a chance to mingle and speak with nine different representatives from several different local and statewide businesses, such as ConAgra Brands, Simmons Foods, Farm Credit and the University of Arkansas Extension Service.

Diffey also said that Career Services has extended the invitation for more of these events to be held for other departments and colleges in Tech.

“Since we do feel like it went well, we may open that up as an opportunity for specific departments or industries to host their own networking dinners,” Diffey said. “We have already extended an offer to the Hospitality department and Parks and Recreation to potentially host something like that for them in the future.”

Diffey said that the invitation was first extended to the Hospitality and Parks and Recreation departments because of the departments’ involvement in the etiquette dinners held in previous semesters.

The dinners were prepared in-house at the Williamson Dining Hall by students in two different courses taught by Cass Capen-Housley, instructor and event coordinator of Parks and Recreation and Hospitality administration, Diffey said.

The students who assisted in preparing the dinner came from two courses, one focused on food preparation and another focused more on event planning, Diffey said.

For more information on this or future events, students can contact the Norman Career Services office by phone at (479) 968-0278 or by email at Students can also schedule an appointment with a career counselor via Handshake, a professional social network.

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