CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — More than 40 Penn State Lehigh Valley students learned about the importance of proper etiquette in a professional business setting during the annual etiquette dinner held on Oct. 11 at the Lehigh Country Club. They learned about how behavior can affect how professionals differentiate individuals from one another.
The event’s purpose was to demonstrate the importance of appropriate conduct within a professional dining setting. It featured gourmet food as well as advice on professional attire and conversation for future business dinners that students may attend in their careers.
Alumni Relations Director Diane McAloon organized the event hoping that it would give students the opportunity to gain confidence in a professional atmosphere which will benefit them in their future careers. Students were also able to network with their peers and local professionals.
Sheryl Trower and her business partner, Duffy Johnson, both from the Etiquette School of Central Pennsylvania, were the featured special guest speakers for the event. They both shared the importance of dinner etiquette in a business setting.
“It was a good life lesson to prepare us for a corporate environment,” said Nicole Vasquez, senior majoring in corporate communication at Penn State Lehigh Valley. “It was a great opportunity to network with other students and alumni.”
Besides proper dinner etiquette, Trower also discussed the importance of proper professional attire for men and women, including outfit colors, grooming habits, makeup and jewelry.
“Etiquette is important in the career development world. Learning proper etiquette in a professional setting will help you stand out from your peers,” said Christopher Landino, director of academic advising and career services at Penn State Lehigh Valley.
The students were able to network with alumni after the dinner to discuss opportunities in their fields of study.
This event received support from Arbor Insurance and Penn State Student Activities Fee.