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PDA Special Topics and Programs


1. PDA Title: Mock Interviews

Description: A mock interview gives students firsthand experience with the interview process by allowing them to engage in a real-life interview with a trained professional. Following the session, students will receive constructive feedback from the interviewer. Students will also have the option to have their interview taped. This PDA is intended for students who are currently in the internship or job application process.  If you are interested in scheduling a mock interview, email pda@coastal.edu.

Length of PDA: Variable


2. PDA Title: Utilizing the Business Card

Description: In this PDA, you will use your networking skills to get the most use out of your business card. Independently attend a civic or professional organization meeting (Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary, industry meeting, such as a Strategic Human Resources Management, Board of Realtors, Marketing meeting, American Culinary Federation, etc.) and exchange business cards with business professionals from at least three organizations. The organizations can be profit or nonprofit. Choose one of the organizations to schedule a follow-up meeting with. This follow-up activity can take various forms, but the purpose is to connect with the person or organization outside of the initial meeting place. An interview with someone at the organization (not necessarily the initial contact), a tour of the facilities and other correspondence can meet this requirement. 

Note: Before starting the PDA, make sure to print the “Utilizing the Business Card PDA Credit Approval” form from Here: PDA Form: Utilizing the Business Card. To earn PDA credit, you must submit this completed form along with copies of three business cards to:

Nicholas W. Twigg, D.B.A.



Wall 230C

For more information about this PDA, contact Nicholas W. Twigg.

PDA prerequisite: Multiple personal business cards are required for this activity. To learn about creating your own personal business card, you can attend the Business Card: World’s Smallest Resume workshop.

Length of PDA: Variable


3. PDA Title: Each 1 Teach 1

Description: The Each 1 Teach 1 is a program dedicated to helping at-risk youth succeed, and is administered through a unique partnership between the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration and the Spadoni College of Education's Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement. The Brown Scholars are a select group of Coastal Carolina University students who educate and mentor the students in the Each 1 Teach 1 Entrepreneurship Institute. The scholars are trained by the director of the Each 1 Teach 1, the director of the Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement and local entrepreneurs. The scholars deliver workshops on life skills and entrepreneurial skills during the summer programs and mentor the students in the program throughout the school year. Scholars are community leaders, enthusiastic educators and caring role models. For more information, contact Yoav Wachsman, Ph.D., at yoav@coastal.edu or visit the website at coastal.edu/business/entrepreneur/index.html.

PDA prerequisite: None

Length of PDA: Variable


4. PDA Title: Job Shadowing

Description: This is an opportunity to spend time in a real-life work setting to observe a professional in your career field of interest. Job shadowing allows students to gain exposure to a career to determine if it would be a good fit for them. If you are interested in job shadowing,  email pda@coastal.edu

Length of PDA: Variable


5. PDA Title: The Coastal Greeters

Description: The Coastal Greeters are a group of volunteer students who are dedicated to welcoming prospective students and families to the Coastal Carolina University campus. This group will volunteer with the Office of Admissions once or twice a week to greet families and assist with weekend visits. If you are looking to become less shy and work on public speaking, this is a great group to join. For more information, visit coastal.collegiatelink.net/organization/greeters or contact Derek Doss at dldoss@coastal.edu or 843-349-2022.

PDA prerequisite: None.

Length of PDA: Once or twice a week


6. PDA Title: Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women

Description: Women's Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women

Lead the Change

Conference and Celebration:  

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

Pre-Conference Workshops:  Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Join hundreds of women leaders for two days of learning, connecting and empowerment at the 4th annual Women’s Leadership Conference & Celebration of Inspiring Women to be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Hosted by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership (WIPL) for Coastal Carolina University, the Women’s Leadership Conference educates, motivates and challenges women to lead change in their  lives,  communities and the world.

The conference will be held Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. Following the conference, WIPL will host the annual Celebration of Inspiring Women at 6:30 p.m. The Inspiring Women Awards, created as a lasting way to recognize the incredible achievements of women who have called the Palmetto State home, will be presented at this highly anticipated annual event.

Pre-conference workshops and a networking reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for participants who wish additional, in-depth training experiences focused on small business and entrepreneurship. For more information or to register for the conference, visit wiplconference.com/.

****Students can earn two (2) PDA credits for attending the conference. To earn PDA credits, you must complete the External PDA Credit Approval form, which can be found by clicking here.

Length of PDA: One to two days


7. PDA Title: Research and Reflection on Business Networking Opportunities

Description: Select one of the businesses from your Utilizing the Business Card PDA and complete a 3 page paper on the company (which investigates their website, their industry, and discusses  meetings with key people in the organization, tour the facilities, etc.). The paper shall be in an APA style (see the Kimble Library website) and include all applicable references and citations.

The paper should have the following criteria:

  1. TITLE

Describe your interaction with the company from your initial meeting where you exchanged business cards to the final meeting with the Organization (include other meetings with officials, tours, and other communications, etc.).


In the conclusion, reflect on this assignment and how the assignment relates to your choice of employment or career. Discuss how you feel this has helped or hindered you in your career.


There should be references to the initial meeting attended to exchange business cards, references to the Global website, references to the National Website, references to the local business website, and references for all meetings communications with the company.

PDA prerequisite: Must have completed the Utilizing the Business Card PDA.