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Etiquette dinner draws large crowd

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 11:24 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Focusing on the food was only half of the battle for Marshall University students who attended the biannual Etiquette Dinner Wednesday night on campus.

The event, which takes place once each semester, has become a mainstay on the calendar of Marshall's Career Services, which conducts the event each semester said Debby Stoller, assistant director of Development and Outreach at the Career Services Center.

Wednesday's event marked the largest gathering since the event's inception. About 98 students registered for the event, which took place in the basement of the Memorial Student Center, Stoller said.

"We want to help them be polished and be professional," Stoller said. "More than that, we want to help them build confidence for if they are going into an interview. Professional dinners and situations like this can be wrenching if you've never experienced it before."

The four-course dinner included soup, salad, an entree and a dessert.

The meal is part of the presentation given by Terri Thompson, founder and owner of Etiquette in Action. Thompson travels throughout the country giving business and etiquette training to business professionals as well as other college students.

She said the food, while an important part of the event, serves as a catalyst for whatever business is to take place during the professional situations in which students may find themselves in the future.

"I hope they have fun and enjoy the presentation, but, most of all, I hope they leave here comfortable in the knowledge they gained," Thompson said. "If they can go into an interview and have the confidence they need, the food doesn't even matter. It's all about having that confidence."

John Fauss, a journalism major from Charleston, said he and other members of his fraternity on campus were attending the event.

He said he was curious to see what tips he might pick up from the event.

"It's important for students to have the opportunity to broaden their horizons no matter what they plan to do after college," Fauss said.

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