Teaching Curley's Gentlemen

Curley Magazine, Summer 2002

by Barry Stitz

There's more to the value of a Curley education than what students learn from books. Although a goal is to prepare each and every graduate for the challenge of college academics, readying them for the "real world" is equally important. This involves educating students in all areas of their development.

Over the past two years, Carol Haislip and Cathleen Hanson, from The International School of Protocol, have helped with this development. They have instructed Curley men in the areas of social etiquette and dining skills. This year they expanded their presentation to include tolerance and communication skills.

The tolerance presentation, given to sophomores, focused on respecting the beliefs and opinions of others. The goal was to get the students to think about other people rather than themselves. The junior's lesson on communication skills included eye contact, listening to what others have to say, clarity of speech, and nonverbal communication.

Haislip, co-founder of the School of Protocol, believes that today's teens are taught technical skills, but are lacking in other areas. "Young men are not getting an education on life skills at home like past generations. These skills are what you need to know to be truly successful," she adds. "You need to make a positive impression on others, especially when you need to excel in social or business environments."

Haislip believes the presentations have made an impact on the students. "I think many of the boys are hearing about etiquette and communication skills for the first time. Even if they pick up just a few things, the program is making a difference." Principal Barry Brownlee agrees, "Our students are responding positively to the instruction. We plan on having the teachers return again next year."

Providing the highest caliber of protocol and etiquette training for businesses, adults, educators, and children has kept Haislip and Hanson busy. Their training sessions have been featured in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, Baltimore's Child, The Towson Times and on Maryland Public Television. The two are also no strangers to radio, having appeared on a number of local talk shows.

Haislip and Hanson are extremely impressed with the quality of Curley's young men. "Curley students are always anxious to learn more," notes Haislip. "They also are able to rehash what we spoke to them about the previous year. We look forward to interaction with them." Possible topics for next year's session include public speaking, interviewing techniques, and conversation skills.