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April 21, 2015

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Dr. and Mrs. Robin Jumper were honored guests at the recent BCM formal event, “An Evening of Class.”

On Friday, April 17, at 6:00 p.m. (CST), students who had attended the three etiquette classes at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville were invited to “An Evening of Class,” a Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) event in which students dressed up in some of their more elegant attire and put into practice the information they learned.

Over the past several months, BCF students were given the opportunity to attend seminars on societal etiquettes, specifically learning the basics on formal events and apparel, appropriate workplace communications, and dining in a formal venue. Several guest speakers were invited to share their expertise with students on topics ranging from appropriate phone conversations to knowing the difference between business casual and black tie attire. Pete Chamberlain, President of B.R. Chamberlain Wealth Management and Chair of the B.R. Chamberlain Foundation, instructed students on “dressing for success” and business protocol. Terri Jumper, coach for several beauty pageant winners and the wife of BCF Academic Dean Robin Jumper, instructed students on the characteristics of a refined lady and true gentleman. Addressing the topic of proper formal dining etiquette, Chef Marty Bednar, the Director of Valley Food Services at BCF, stepped out of the kitchen and into the classroom to illustrate appropriate eloquent dining (which utensil to use when). BCF Dean of Students Roger Richards assisted in teaching the classes, adding some of his own personal and sometimes humorous experiences having spent 20 years serving as a Navy Chaplain and attending many formal military events.

The BCM formal dinner, “An Evening of Class,” provided the perfect setting for students to put into practice many of the etiquette tips that they had learned. The evening began with greeters at the door directing students to the entrance table which held all of the place cards. After locating their own place card, students were able to have their photograph taken followed by the smooth sound coming from the BCF Jazz Quartet welcoming them into the elegant dining area. After the blessing and the head table introductions were complete, students were served the meal by members of the BCF faculty and staff. Along with ice water and sparkling grape juice, students enjoyed a delicious green salad covered with a berry vinaigrette and pecans. Students had been given an entrée option when they responded to attend (RSVP) of either steak or chicken cordon bleu for the main course. At the end of the meal, students were served a delicious chocolate tart followed by BCF Assistant Professor of Mathematics Phillip Shutt performing illusions as part of the after dinner entertainment.

“My hope was that students would relax and have fun,” stated BCM Director Jonah Powers. “This was a preview for future BCM events. Everyone looked amazing.” Many of the BCF students stated that they thoroughly enjoyed the event and had been counting down the days. “Etiquette is not just for dinner, but for everyday life and activities,” stated BCF English Major Melody Barney excitedly. “An Evening of Class gave us an opportunity to dress up and have fun while we applied what we learned from the classes.”

Over a hundred and fifteen students were in attendance at the formal event. Powers and faculty and staff volunteers went to great lengths to make the evening as fun and enjoyable as they could for the students. BCF President Thomas Kinchen stated that, “Good Taste is Never Out of Style!”

To learn more about upcoming events held at The Baptist College of Florida, call 850.263.3261 ext. 513 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.