UNCW COM Studies Day: Students Will “Suit Up and Swim with the Sharks” at 13th Annual Fashion Show on March 27

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wilmington, N.C. – The theme for the UNCW Communication Study Society’s (CSS) 13th Annual Dress for Success Fashion Show, “Suit Up and Swim with the Sharks,” sounds more marine biology than Madison Avenue, but the students planning the program are playing on popular culture to make a point about professional style.

The students were inspired by “Shark Tank,” ABC’s popular reality program that features would-be entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to self-made business tycoons.

The 12:15 p.m. fashion show in Warwick Center Ballroom is one of several events planned during the 2015 UNCW Com Studies Day on March 27. Other activities include networking sessions and panel discussions where current students have the opportunity to interact with alumni now working in a variety of professional fields. All events are free and open to the general public.

COM Studies Day, sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, offers students opportunities to learn how to successfully navigate the transition from college to careers. The fashion show’s mission “is to teach students how to create a professional image for themselves through what they wear and what they say in an interview,” explained senior lecturer Jennifer Chin, CSS faculty advisor.

“We accomplish this through applied learning as our students who are involved in public relations, event planning, marketing and studio production collaborate on the outfits, the media relations and the production of an informative skit,” she said. “Throughout the event, students will learn about appropriate business professional and business casual attire, how to tackle tough interview questions, how to network and how to invest in their future.”

This year, UNCW invited high school students from New Hanover County Schools’ Mosley Performance Learning Center to attend the fashion show. Mosley students and faculty hope to host their own fashion show next year as part of the school’s transformation into the premier career readiness academy in the region, according to the New Hanover County school system.