Students Learn to Dine with Style

Thursday, January 22 2009

Jan. 22, 2009 Written by Jessica Berwick MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho students have the opportunity to learn professional dining etiquette at the annual Dine with Style etiquette dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 5-8 p.m. in the Idaho Commons Clearwater and Whitewater rooms. “Students often don’t realize it, but they are sending employers a message through the way they dress and the way they behave," said Suzi Billington, director of Career and Professional Planning. "This event can help students fine-tune their non-verbal messages to create a strong and lasting first impression." Attendees will enjoy a six-course meal designed by University of Idaho food and nutrition students Michelle Alexander, Maureen Sepp and Amber St. Amand. The meal will begin with a hard-to-eat, finger-food appetizer, then moves on to a cold soup course and other entrees. Students can expect a dining challenge when they attempt to eloquently enjoy dessert: a whole-poached pear, stuffed with mascarpone and drizzled in caramel crème. Tickets for students are subsidized at $20 each and currently are available for advance purchase in the Career and Professional Planning office, Idaho Commons, room 334. Faculty and staff interested in attending this event will be charged the full ticket price of $25 and only will be allowed to register after students have had an opportunity to sign up. “The fee associated with this event shouldn’t deter students from attending. It’s a 'crash course' on networking and dining etiquette. Students will walk away with etiquette skills that will last a lifetime,” said Billington. “Thanks to our sponsors, we are able to offer students a reduced ticket price. When it comes down to it, the cost is cheaper than what students would pay to dine-out for a six-course meal.” Etiquette dinner sponsoring companies include: Fast Enterprises LLC, Stryker, First Investors, Idaho National Laboratory, Target Corporation, Wells Fargo Financial and Power Engineers “This event is really meant to be fun," said Noell Kinyon, event organizer. "It gives students an opportunity make a mistake and learn proper etiquette before they embarrass themselves in an interview over dinner.” To view the full six-course menu or for more information about this event, visit
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About the University of Idaho Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s flagship higher-education institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year; the University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to earn the prestigious Carnegie Foundation ranking for high research activity. The university’s student population includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars. Offering more than 150 degree options in 10 colleges, the university combines the strengths of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. For information, visit Contact: Jessica Berwick, Career and Professional Planning, (208) 885-2100,

About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals. For information, visit