On Monday, February 20, Student Development hosted the annual Etiquettes Dinner at Martinelli’s Little Italy. This event was aimed to help students learn the proper etiquette to dining with professionals. Along with learning the basics of dining etiquette those in attendance also had the opportunity to interact with local community professionals. The overall night was successful with both students and community members enjoying the night.
Before the dinner, there was an introduction and a prayer. Throughout the dinner, community members would take the podium and speak about various topics. Some of the topics included the importance of networking, job interview etiquette, cell phone and email etiquette, and professional networking attire. Owen Freiburger, of NextHome Pro Realty, advised the group on what to wear to an interview and how to present yourself. He also alluded to the fact that no matter what you wear confidence is the most important aspect of presenting yourself.
There was a wide variety of business professionals in attendance. There were representatives from AFLAC, Salina Regional Health Care Center, Salina Parks and Recreation, OCCK, Eagle Communications, Bennington State Bank, Accessible Home Health, Salina Area United Way, NextHome Pro Reality, USD 305, Salina Police Department, and Salina Police Department. The Salina Professionals gave information as to what openings are available at their workplaces. The openings varied from full-time jobs to internships. Each professional had their own table where they were paired with students that had relevant majors
These events are beneficial for those just starting to network. Hailey Vandevanter, a freshman business management major, said, “Getting first-hand knowledge from professionals was very helpful since I haven’t had much experience with interviews.” The first-hand knowledge lets those that have little experience make connections with the professionals they met with.
Upperclassmen that attended the event appreciated networking with community members over a quality meal. “My favorite part,” said Kate Salmonsen, “was connecting with the members of the Salina community while eating delicious food.” Whether upperclassmen or underclassmen students took away valuable lessons in regards to the different etiquette practices one should follow.
The etiquette dinner would not be possible without the planning of Courtney Miller, the Career Services Coordinator. “I think that the etiquette dinner was very successful,” said Miller, “and I think that a lot of students made great connections with business professionals tonight.” The connections that the students made will help them in the future for locating internships and jobs later in their college career. This is an annual event and she believes that it will continue on in the future. “The students love it. The business professionals always really get into it” commented Miller after the event on Monday.
For those that missed out on the opportunities that the etiquette dinner provided, there are two upcoming events that students can attend. One being the Career Expo in March and Speed Networking event in April. More information about these events can be found in Student Development.