Loyola University Maryland

Office of the Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services

11/15/10 - "Where Are Your Manners?"

Our second-to-last Jesuit Dinner strayed from the panel of speakers format that the previous dinners had used and instead encouraged students to engage in a lively discussion about common sense, manners, technology, and the Millennial Generation. On November 11, 2010, Professor Ron Tanner of the Writing Department, his Aide Anthony Vitti, and Father Tim Brown of the Law & Social Responsibility Department led the discussion, which was entitled "Where Are Your Manners? How to Win Friends and Influence People." The evening began with Professor Tanner showing a video that he had made in which a young man, not much older than the Alpha students, went on a job interview for a big company. In the first scenario, the interviewee answers a cell phone call during the interview; in the second scenario, he texts throughout the conversation. The discussion following the video focused on when it was and was not appropriate to text message friends and family and why we feel that texting during many situations is "okay." Next, Father Brown showed this video: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=3486473n. The program explored encountering the "Millennial Generation" in the workplace and how employers are finding ways to interact and manage these new employees. Some students denied sharing the broad characteristics of the so-called Millennials, while others admitted that they saw themselves in the video. Hopefully this is a conversation that will continue outside the dinner and outside the classrooms!