On May 6 at 6:00 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Center, The Office of Institutional Advancement held their annual Student and Alumni Networking and Etiquette Dinner. Alumni joined current students for an evening of conversation, fine dining and professional advice.
The purpose of the event was to teach networking and etiquette skills to students. The Office of Institutional Advancement and the Student Alumni Association want to help students become prepared for business dinners and luncheons. This event is an ideal “practice” for students to become comfortable and confident in a professional dinner setting.
“They can be focused on their conversations and not struggle to figure out which napkin to use or how to pass the rolls!” said Lauren Hansen, Assistant Director for Alumni and Parent Programs.
Beginning at 6:00, students had the opportunity to gain experience networking with alumni. The dinner, a four-course meal, began at 6:30. Diane Hoffman, Carthage’s Catering Manager, gave instructions on proper dining etiquette.
Table settings, first course, second course, dessert and coffee were among the dinner etiquette topics touched on at the event. Professional attire, what to order, proper use of utensils and appropriate topics of conversation were also discussed.
“Although a bit intimidating at first, the etiquette dinner provided an invaluable networking opportunity and knowledge and skills that will undoubtedly be of use in the quickly approaching professional world. As a senior preparing to graduate in the next few weeks, meeting and interacting with successful and engaged Carthage alumni also inspired me to continue my relationship with Carthage long after graduation. I’m eternally grateful to have attended a school where the faculty and staff continue to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth even after graduation,” said Amanda Garrigan, ‘15.
“It’s so wonderful to see alumni and students come together. Alumni are able to share their knowledge and experience with students and, together, students and alumni were able to learn about dining etiquette. I talk to graduates who attended the etiquette dinner as students and they still use what they learned today! This is a great event for alumni to give back and for students to gain professional development skills,” said Hansen.