CSU, Chico News

Students Attend Dinner to Learn Etiquette

Date: 03-26-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Think manners don’t matter anymore? Apparently they do to some college students.

Two hundred and eleven California State University, Chico students attended a dinner to learn etiquette skills needed in their post-graduation careers Tuesday, March 23, in the BMU Auditorium.

The importance of projecting competence and confidence in professional settings and dining occasions was stressed to the students, who were joined at the event by 19 CSU, Chico faculty and staff.

Sharyn Amoroso, owner of Etiquette and Protocol Services, showed the attendees a wide variety of etiquette best practices ranging from what forks to use during dinner to how to handle mishaps like spilling water on a client’s shirt.

Amoroso was trained and certified by The Protocol School of Washington, a Washington, D.C.-based firm specializing in business etiquette and protocol. She has been teaching etiquette at corporations such as Chevron, Merrill Lynch and Motorola for 16 years.

In evaluating the event afterwards, student comments included, “I feel much more confident in a professional dinner setting,” and “I learned a lot of new things and some things that I never really thought about before.”

The event was sponsored by Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Gallo Sales Company. The Chico State Career Center and the Associated Students put on the event.