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Students and Staff Learn to Dine with Class

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Written by: Communicator StaffMarch 22, 2018

Written by: Nicole Winans

Returning for the 11th year, IPFW students, staff and alumni are welcome to attend the Alumni Relations Dining Etiquette Dinner, co-sponsored by Career Services and IPSGA.

“Interviews are often stressful, and interviewing can be even more stressful when you are expected to eat and talk at the same time,” Ashley Calderon, IPFW director of Career Services, said. “This event really helps to prepare our students in terms of the etiquette needed at an interview over dinner or lunch.”

Calderon has attended the event numerous times and said she has gained valuable information and always learns something new.

Based on the book “Kiss, Bow, Or Shake Hands: The Bestselling Guide to Doing Business in More Than 60 Countries”, the evening will teach students the do’s and don’ts of formal dining.

During the dinner, the chair of IPFW Hospitality and Tourism Management Department, Dr. John Niser will give a brief presentation on dining etiquette tips and tricks.

He will guide guests through the event, answering questions such as “What fork?” and “Which glass?”

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“Proper etiquette is part of a well-rounded education and is vital for making a great first impression,” according to the event website. “The skills learned at the Dining Etiquette Dinner will be useful not only for business occasions, but in every first impression.”

About 90 percent of the attendees are students, all coming from different degree fields.

“Anyone who wants to be ready and comfortable in any formal dining situation can attend,” Shawna Squidd, director of Alumni Relations, said.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a formal welcome at 6 p.m.

Prior to dinner, attendees will experience a mocktail reception with sparkling cider and hors d’oeuvres.

Here they will learn cocktail hour etiquette, including introduction and networking skills.

Dinner will be served by Hospitality and Tourism Management students and will include a four-course meal, featuring house salad, cream of broccoli soup with dinner rolls, chicken breast paired with roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts with bacon, and chocolate cake for  dessert.

Offered on many other college campuses, the event is intended to help prepare students for the workforce and other formal situations, and business dress is expected.

7be94d12-c0bb-4f64-ab8f-30754f5e86d2Topics covered will include American vs. Continental table manners, order of food served, how to hold silverware, use of technology at the table, conversations and posture.

The Dining Etiquette Dinner will take place at the Holiday Inn Ballroom March 27 and is expected to last approximately two and a half hours.

The cost is $5 for IPFW students and $25 for non-students.

The event has sold out every year for the past several years, and space is limited to 96 guests. Register at ipfw.edu/dining-etiquette.

“It is definitely a high-demand event,” said Squidd. “I have always heard from other alumni that when they have attended, they always learn something new.”

For more information about the dinner, visit ipfw.edu/offices/alumni/events/dining-etiquette-dinner.