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Students Learn Dining Etiquette In Hopes Of Impressing Future Bosses

Nov. 2, 1999 -- For many students, the interview process is punctuated by a stressful and awkward event, the business dinner. During an extensive interviewing process, students are often invited to attend formal dinners and receptions as a way of meeting potential interviewers and future employers.

To equip students to handle those kinds of situations, a Corporate Etiquette Dinner will be held at the University of Virginia on Wednesday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Alumni Hall.

Organized by and for fourth-year students, and sponsored by Class of 2000 Trustees, the University of Virginia Alumni Association and the investment banking firm, Credit Suisse First Boston, the event will include a four-course meal and an instructional presentation by Joanne Mahannes, an etiquette consultant.

Everything about the evening -- from the business attire students will wear to the menu --will reflect real-life recruiting experiences.

"The menu is designed to generate tricky dinner situations," said Shelley McQuality, one of the event organizers. "The salad alone forces students to maneuver around coarsely chopped vegetables and radicchio leaves. The instruction will be extremely valuable if it saves one student from squirting a future manager with the juice of a cherry tomato."

Contact: Shelley McQuality, (804) 296-1434

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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