FORT WAYNE, Ind.—How do college students, some of them soon-to-be-graduates, know how to behave in social business situations? If they are Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) students, they can find out the dos and don’ts of cocktail party conversation, which fork to use at dinner, and proper netiquette on Wednesday, October 23, at the semi-annual Dining Etiquette Dinner, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum.
The evening will include a 'mocktail' reception where students will learn proper cocktail hour etiquette and how to network; a four-course meal where students will learn table manners, flatware/silverware placement, how to eat 'difficult' foods (such as a Cornish hen); how to carry on conversation while dining; and proper Internet etiquette (netiquette).
John Niser, chair of the Department of Consumer and Family Sciences, will entertainingly guide participants through the evening, while tweet monitors--a designated person at each table responsible for tweeting--will make sure each student receives personal time and attention and that their questions are voiced via Twitter.
“There is no event like this for students at IPFW and we feel that knowing proper etiquette is part of a well-rounded education. The Dining Etiquette Dinner will assist students in learning vital skills which will be useful not only for business, but in every first impression. We are confident that this event will be both fun and educational," said Jessica Butler.
The event is co-sponsored by IPFW's Alumni Association, Career Services, the Hospitality Management program, Indiana–Purdue Student Government Association (IPSGA), and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). Additional sponsors include Diskey Sign Company and the Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum. Tickets are $5 for IPFW students and $25 for adults, and seating is limited. Advance registration is required. Register for the dinner