Faculty in the Business Communication and Entrepreneurship Department have been teaching Employment Communication in the Business Communication course for over 40 years. With each passing year, these instructors have noted that students seem to know less and less about professional attire—what is acceptable to wear for an interview, for an internship, for a professional presentation, etc.
In the course of teaching this class, instructors have questioned students about their understanding of professionalism—including attire, attitude, actions, etc. While the students appear to have some grasp of the fundamentals of professional dress, many ultimately ask what happens if they cannot afford to purchase a suit. Each year brings an increase in the number of students asking this question—not an unusual phenomenon considering the economic climate and the rising cost of a college education.
Due to the economic hardships many students are facing, the Business Communication and Entrepreneurship Department decided to create a clothing closet project to help students acquire the needed professional attire. We want our MTSU students to be able to put their best “nonverbal” foot forward when seeking that internship or that first job post-graduation. The project has been named RAIDERS’ CLOSET to continue our Blue Raiders theme.
Interested in Donating to Raiders’ Closet?
We all know students who need professional attire because they simply cannot afford to purchase it on their own. Please help us stock our Raiders’ Closet with gently used, professional attire for both men and women (suits, jackets, slacks, shirts, ties, skirts, scarves). Any item of clothing that you wish to donate must be dry cleaned and on hangers except for men’s dress shirts which should be dry cleaned and folded for storage on shelves.
The BCEN Department will begin accepting clothing donations January 7, 2013. You may bring your items to the BCEN Department in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business, BAS N429, any time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.