SOCORRO, N.M. March 20, 2012 – Which spoon to use? What is appropriate attire? What’s the appropriate manner to eat spaghetti?

The Career Services Office will answer all those questions and many more at the inaugural Etiquette Dinner and Fashion Show on Wednesday, March 28.

“Students can expect to learn how to handle themselves and how to present themselves in the best manner,” Career Services Coordinator Christina Anthony said. “If you have a great cover letter and resume and references, but you don’t make a successful first impression at a dinner or in a meeting, that’s a real detriment.”

Techies – upperclass students in particular – are invited to attend the event in the third floor ballroom of the Fidel Center. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and students must register beforehand. Capacity is limited to about 80 students and already 50 students have registered. Call 835-5060, email or stop by the Student Affairs Office in Fidel Center, Room 262 to register.

Members of two campus clubs – Society of Petroleum Engineers and Society of Women Engineers – will model various modes of apparel that are appropriate in different business situations. Anthony said the SPE members participated in a business event with a visiting company a few weeks ago. The company conducted interviews with students on campus, but wanted to stage an information session. The company provided a meal and an open bar in order to view how students conducted themselves outside of the interview setting.

“The recruiters said they were impressed with the students overall, but there is always room for improvement,” Anthony said. “That event was for petroleum students and this event is for everyone.”

Lillian Armijo, director of Student Services, added that, “The interview is more than just the interview. Students need to recognize that the interview starts when they enter the parking lot and doesn’t end until they drive away. This is some thing they should know because they are being watched by potential employers.”

In addition to instructions on how to navigate a place setting and how to approach difficult-to-eat food, Anthony and Armijo will also discuss what foods to avoid and which dishes to consider.

“Students at one time or another will be faced with these situations,” Anthony said. “They need to know how to handle themselves.”

The cost is one meal swipe or $8. The meal will include a first course of vegetable soup and a whole loaf of bread, followed by a salad course. The main course will be spaghetti with red sauce. Dessert will be cannoli.

Anthony completed an internship at her alma mater, Ohio Wesleyan University, where she helped organize a similar event that was very popular among students.

“We hope this will be a great opportunity for Tech students to learn about business etiquette and expectations in the workplace,” Anthony said. “Plus, we’re providing a delicious meal in a beautiful setting.”

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech