Students learn how to dine with class

Students learned about business etiquette and networking at Dining Out in Professional Style, sponsored by the office of Career Services on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

“I expect to expand my networking capabilities and further develop my interpersonal and interviewing skills,” Karen Nici, freshman accounting major, said.

Dressed in business attire, students impressed potential employers and sponsors.

“I’m extremely honored and very pleased to each of you for joining us this evening,” James Chambers, associate director of Career Services, said. “You all look very lovely.”

The auditorium in Brower Student Center was transformed into a business dinner setting. Tables with linens, centerpieces and silverwear were serviced by waiters in suits.

“This is one of my most favorite annual events because I get to see you the way you look tonight, dressed all professional,” James Norfleet, vice president of Student Affairs, said. “This is my eighth etiquette dinner and I always walk away learning something.”

Ann Marie Sabbath, the founder of At East Inc., guided the dinner and lesson. At Ease is a firm specializing in domestic and international etiquette programs.

“It’s best to have a meal after a business dinner because the focus is never on the food,” Sabbath said.

Sabbath went on to teach the students about silverwear and the proper way to eat, using a salad to demonstrate. The main course was an artichoke and parmesan stuffed chicken breast, roasted broccoli spears and rice pilaf and apple tart for dessert.

The discussion was open and had ample audience participation.

After the dinner, door prizes were announced, and every student left with a gift bag provided by the sponsor at each table.

“I really enjoyed the dinner,” Grace Chun, freshman business major, said. “I felt like I got a lot out of it.”