Campus dinner to focus on business etiquette

Michael True, a career services professional, leads last year's etiquette dinner at Penn State Hazleton.

Michael True, a career services professional, leads last year's etiquette dinner at Penn State Hazleton.

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HAZLETON, Pa. — Penn State Hazleton students are invited to a special dinner to learn more about business etiquette in formal and informal settings.

The etiquette dinner will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Slusser/Bayzick Black Box Theater.

“The dinner provides a way for students in all majors to receive information that will be useful during a job or internship search, as well as in their professional lives during their career,” Career Services Coordinator Kaitlyn Krasucki said.

The dinner will be guided by Michael True, a career services professional with expertise in etiquette. The dinner menu includes a salad, main course and dessert with coffee and tea service, with True offering instruction throughout each course. True has led etiquette dinners for other Penn State campuses, including last year’s dinner at Penn State Hazleton.

Topics that will be covered during the dinner include clothing selection, the importance of first impressions, body language, cellphone usage, place settings, table conversation and more.

Krasucki said it has become increasingly important for students to learn proper etiquette in a business setting.

“Meals are frequently part of the interview process during a job search or graduate school interview. Dinners with colleagues and clients are also part of many positions. By coming to the etiquette dinner, students will have a chance to learn how to navigate these professional meals and events,” she said.

Faculty and staff will be at the dinner to support and interact with students and demonstrate examples of professionalism. Community partners and employers from a variety of industries also will attend. Students and professionals will be seated according to their majors and career interests.

Limited seating is available, so students should register soon. Preregistration can be made in Butler 105 or by contacting Krasucki at [email protected] by Friday, March 16. All students are welcome, with preference given to juniors and seniors. Dress for the event is business casual.