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Tips for Students’ Mealtime Success Offered at Etiquette Dinner

Event coordinator Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming (second from left) enjoys chatting with her mentees.
Event coordinator Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming (second from left) enjoys chatting with her mentees.
Dennis R. Williams, associate professor of business administration/management (right) – and adviser to Students in Free Enterprise – mentors a table of SIFE members.
Dennis R. Williams, associate professor of business administration/management (right) – and adviser to Students in Free Enterprise – mentors a table of SIFE members.
Amelia A. Seaton, dining room manager, demystifies the wine-selection process.
Amelia A. Seaton, dining room manager, demystifies the wine-selection process.
Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller (with blue nametag) keeps the conversation flowing at her table.
Career Services secretary Shawnalee E. Miller (with blue nametag) keeps the conversation flowing at her table.
Students mingle with waitstaff and mentors for an after-dinner group photo.
Students mingle with waitstaff and mentors for an after-dinner group photo.

Tuesday night’s Etiquette Dinner gave dozens of Penn College students the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of fine dining to prepare for a job interview or other professional event in which social graces could be a make-or-break consideration. The banquet drew about 50 students and nine mentors to Le Jeune Chef Restaurant for a School of Hospitality primer in which fork to use, why not to text during dinner, the enduring necessity of “please” and “thank you,” and what to do with that pesky napkin when temporarily leaving the table. The soup-to-coffee crash course, which has grown into a semi-annual event in barely two years, is co-sponsored by Career Services and Alumni Relations.

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