Otterbein PRSSA co-sponsored an Etiquette Dinner with the Center for Career & Professional Development and Bon Appetit on Monday, Feb. 9. The event took place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Otterbein's Campus Center dining rooms, and the program was facilitated by Otterbein alumna Cathi Fallon, owner of The Etiquette Institute.
The Etiquette Dinner has been cancelled in the past due to lack of registrants, but this time around, the turnout was greater than expected as 35 students attended.
"The dining etiquette event was a huge success," Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development Ryan Brechbill said. "The partnership between the CCPD, PRSSA and Bon Appetit was definitely a key factor in the success, and we are so grateful for the collaboration."
Senior Carli Zurface attended the event and said she found it to be very informative.
"It was interesting to learn that the smallest things such as always passing the salt and pepper together, for example, matter a great deal. I have learned several new things from the dinner, and I have walked away feeling more confident and prepared for my journey in the business world," Zurface said.
In addition to learning dining etiquette lessons, students who came also enjoyed a free three-course meal as well as opportunities to network before, during and after the program. There were seven table hosts, six of whom are Otterbein alumni.
"We are so appreciative of the alumni who attended and networked with our students, and we look forward to a continued partnership," Brechbill said.
Top five takeaways from the Etiquette Dinner
By: Byron Brenneman '16
Otterbein PRSSA Historian
1. Always pay attention to your host, as they will set the tone and pace of the meal.
2. Don't mix eating styles when it comes to using your forks and knives because that just isn't proper.
3. Order wisely; some foods are not appropriate for these occasions.
4. Nail the handshake because first impressions matter the most.
5. Don't mix pockets. The last thing you want to do is be handing out someone else's business cards.