Ichabods In Depth

Published Nov. 6, 2012

Etiquette dinner skills could help in job market

Honors Student Council logoIf getting a job after graduation came down to proper table manners, would you be ready?

Honors Student Council’s second annual etiquette dinner on Nov. 13 could be your ticket to confidence.

Tickets will be sold through Friday in the Memorial Union, at a table on the main level and on the lower level at the student activities and Greek life office. The cost is $5 per student and $10 per faculty or staff member.

A four course meal of soup, salad, entree and desert will be served beginning at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Memorial Union Washburn Room. Appetizers will be served during the social, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and will give participants a chance to perfect their networking skills with representatives of several on-campus offices and Topeka businesses.

Anita Welch, event coordinator with Top of the Tower, Inc., will provide etiquette instruction starting with what flatware to use when, how to know which bread plate and drink go with which place setting and other important area, such as the correct way excuse oneself in order to use the restroom or how to leave flatware at the end of the meal. During the dinner, Welch and a team will provide critiques to participants.

Lucy Hesse, president of Honors Student Council, said the dinner has been in the works since last spring. Several business sponsors have been secured for this year, including the Topeka Chamber of Commerce and BlueCross, BlueShield of Kansas. Sponsors, Hesse said, are helping to off-set the cost of the $20 per person dinner, as well as enhancing the atmosphere and networking opportunities.

Business professional attire is required for everyone.

“We have to go all out,” Hesse said. “You don’t really get the mood if you’re just sitting there in jeans eating pasta.”

As of Monday morning, 60 students already have purchased tickets and more than 30 tickets had been issued to sponsors. Hesse said she hoped the Washburn Room would be nearly full on the night of the dinner. Everyone is welcome, she said: “It is a learning experience for everyone.”