Platinum sponsors: Bartlett & West, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Washburn Career Services, Washburn Libraries and First Year Experience, Washburn Leadership Institute, Washburn School of Nursing, Washburn Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Gold sponsors: Bill and Linda Rollins, M-C Industries Inc., Washburn Multicultural Affairs, St. Francis Health Center, Washburn Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Westar Energy. Other sponsors: Washburn Student Government Association, Top of the Tower and Anita Welch.
One of the hottest tickets on campus is on sale now.
The third annual Etiquette Dinner, organized by Honors Student Council, sold out last year. This year, a change in venue means fewer tickets are available.
Organizers say the important message of knowing how to behave in a formal, mealtime interview and networking atmosphere will remain the focus and individuals of all ages and experiences will benefit.
"The networking is great," said Amanda Kennedy, president of Honors Student Council. "Also, learning what silverware to use and learning there's a proper way to eat salad - it makes me feel more comfortable going into job interviews and the business world."
Kennedy, a junior majoring in social work originally from Parsons, Kan., said about 50 student tickets still are available. In total, about 120 people will attend the event on Nov. 12.
"Dinner is a five-course meal. You will never get this much food for $5 again," Kennedy said, smiling.
In addition to hors d'oeuvres during the networking social at 6:30 p.m., dinner will include soup, salad, entree and dessert. Throughout, participants will receive etiquette instruction from Anita Welch, of Top of the Tower in Topeka. All sorts of things will be discussed, from which flatware to use when to how to pass a dish around the table or how to excuse yourself to use the restroom.
Professional dress is expected and representatives of the dinner's sponsors could be at your table -- including several Washburn departments and local employers including Bartlett & West, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas, M-C Industries, Inc., St. Francis Health Center and Westar Energy.
The event is a good choice even for first year students and high school students, Kennedy said.
"As you start to go to career fairs and really take this next step in your life, there are lots of tips that are going to be able to help you," she said. "Bring a group of friends."
The Etiquette Dinner is a WU 101 passport activity as well.
Tickets for the Etiquette Dinner are on sale now.
- Purchase tickets in the Student Activities and Greek Life Office, the iCard Center or at a table in the Memorial Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 and 6.
- Ticket price: $5 for all students (college or high school); $10 for non-students (faculty, staff and community members)
- Be there: 6:30 p.m., Nov. 12, Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center's Ruth Garvey Fink Convocation Hall