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Spring Semester Kickoff Focuses on Image

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Suzanne Libfraind discusses proper jacket fit with the help of Troy Winstead, coordinator of the Adult Enrichment Center.

“Realities of Image” was the theme of the spring semester kickoff for college employees held Tuesday, January 4. Suzanne Libfraind, a wardrobe consultant in Raleigh, was the keynote speaker, and she discussed the “three Vs of professional dress: visual, what you put on, body language, and facial expression; voice, whether strong or weak; and verbal, the words that you choose.”

Libfraind outlined the guidelines of business casual dress and provided tips on wardrobe basics for men and women. Several ECC employees served as models for appropriate workplace dress. Models were Jessica Exum, Tim King, Ginny McLendon, and Troy Winstead.

ECC President Dr. Deborah Lamm explained that the image presented by employees creates a first impression and often lasting impression. "When we communicate with people, the majority of our message is communicated nonverbally and through voice and facial expression--about 93 percent. Only 7 percent of the message is communicated through words."

She added, "Edgecombe Community College is fortunate to have professional faculty and staff who set the standards for us every day."

A “fashion patrol” committee that included Billy Arp, Teresa Bottoms, Lynn Cale, Ann Kent, and Kathy Williford recognized employees for their professionalism. The committee chose the following individuals following careful observation during the fall semester:
• Most Professionally Dressed
Jonathan Wirt and Tony Rook (tie)
Lori Winstead
• Most Professional Conduct/Behavior
Samanthia Phillips and Carolyn Sherrill (tie)
Jerry Harper and J.H. Koonce (tie)
• Most Conservative
Henry Anderson and Ralph Webb (tie)
Susan Roberson
• Most Trendy
Charlotte O'Neal and Tiffany White (tie)
Richard Greene