By Linda Pollock/News writer

Students in the College of Business & Technology will learn how to “be the best” during the 8th Annual Professional Skills Conference April 2. Nationally recognized speakers will be on-hand to give advice and meet with students. Lt. Gov. Steve Pence will be introduced as the distinguished alumnus of the college this year. He will address the audience and participate on a panel for EKU Business students.

Author and motivational speaker Harvey Alston will speak at 8:30 a.m. about his book “Be the Best.” He is a former teacher, college financial aid counselor and businessman.

“The theme (of the conference) ties in with the speakers but also corresponds with skills needed not just to prepare for a job but for a professional career,” said Janna Vice, associate dean of the College of Business & Technology and event chairperson. “The conference is to provide an opportunity for students to interact with professionals in the field.”

Session two of the conference will be on “Interview Protocol” with Regina Horine, founder of Etiquette and Protocol Inc. She will share universally accepted actions during an interview including practical elements such as dining skills in a professional setting.

“The conference gives an opportunity to view professionals in action as well as to showcase our students,” Vice said.

Registration is from 8-8:30 a.m. in the Brock Auditorium. Eastern’s steel drum band will be on-hand to start off the programs. The two speakers will be at 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. followed by a breakout session for students in the various departments to meet with professionals in their respective fields and ask questions.

The senior luncheon will be from 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. It is another opportunity for students to interact with Eastern alumni.

“I believe (the conference) will help students be ready to bridge the gap from the classroom to a career field,” Vice said.