Dinner returns to refresh, enlighten students on etiquette

Fun event teaches proper and professional table manners

By Mariah Powell
On February 15, 2013

The Career Development Center will host the University Etiquette Dinner on Feb. 27 at the Elks Lounge.

Students will have a chance to grasp basic table etiquettes from Dr. Sierra Howry, assistant professor of agriculture and certified etiquette expert from the Etiquette Institute of Saint Louis, Missouri.

"There will a five course meal in which our speaker will talk about different etiquettes during each course, such as how to pass the salt and pepper shaker and how to use your utensils in a professional setting," Career Development assistant Adra Enos said. "We go over little helpful hints on how to present yourself well when at a business dinner or lunch interview."

These same basic tips can be used at conventions or weddings, Enos said.

The dinner will be followed by an optional event, Networking Over Cocktails.

"We will have different professors there to work with students on how to visit with them on a more casual level but not making yourself sound too casual," Enos said. "Even though you're in a casual atmosphere, you still want to make a good first impression for that person to remember."

Enos said there is always something to learn about etiquettes.

"Even if you think you know etiquette and the proper way of doing things, the dinner is good to attend," she said. "I learned new things last year and I'm sure everybody that attended learned something that they did not know before."

There are only about 14 spots available for the dinner, Enos said. Over 130 people attended the etiquette dinner last year, but this year's venue has a capacity of 56 people.

If there is enough interest in the event, the Career Development Center hopes to have another etiquette dinner in April, Enos said.

The networking event will have alcoholic beverages, with a show of ID, at the cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages available, she said.

"Sometimes nervous, people have a tendency to drink too much so we will go over tips to pace yourself in a professional setting," Enos said. "If you know you do not handle alcohol well, then don't drink. It's not like being at a party where you want to fit in, if you don't want to drink it is acceptable to say no."

Career Development Center student worker Besspher Mannah said last year's dinner was really professional but it was still fun.

"We learned some great things, such as where to put your fork and how to scoop soup," he said. "Those are things you don't realize every day, I definitely wouldn't have just known those etiquettes. It helped educate me on things I would not have known then going into a business meeting or interview over lunch."

Mannah said he realized that he was doing a lot of things wrong at the dinner table.

"I am looking forward to sharpening my dinner etiquette because there are things I forgot from last year's dinner," he said.

Participants will be served a five course meal. It is $10 for ASU students and $15 for non-students. Stop by the Career Development to sign up for this event. The deadline to sign-up to be a part of this event is Feb. 22.

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