Highland Ambassadors host etiquette dinner for EU students and faculty

Category:  News
Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 at 11:02 PM
Highland Ambassadors host etiquette dinner for EU students and faculty by Madi Gross
Photo: Nathan Brennan

On Thursday, April 18, the Edinboro Highland Ambassadors hosted the annual etiquette dinner in Van Houten Dining Hall. When the doors opened at 4:30 p.m., partakers could be found in Van South dressed dapperly and mingling with others.

Guests such as students, faculty members and other invites filled the floor by the start of the event. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Stacie Wolbert; Marilyn Goellner, vice president for advancement; and Dr. Michael Hannan, interim president of the university were also in attendance.

Highland Ambassador President Kelly Krechowski first welcomed guests and gave opening remarks. Krechowski then invited special guest Tim Vickey — chief of staff for state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro — to begin the night’s presentation.

Vickey led the presentation throughout the entirety of the evening. He discussed topics such as proper dress, proper speaking points at the table and etiquette in other cultures.

Throughout dinner, Vickey spoke of topics such as where to place your napkin when eating, tipping standards and more.

Each place setting was set identically, and the speaker explained this set-up to the guests, including how to properly use the utensils. Before each course, Vickey explained proper etiquette for the particular food they would be encountering next.

Guests were served five different courses, including: French onion soup and rolls, a wedge salad, lemon sorbet, chicken parmesan and fettucine, and a cheesecake trifle. The Highland Ambassadors thought ahead as they also logged guests’ dietary differences and planned accordingly.

As the event drew to a close, Vickey gave his closing remarks and the guests slowly left after finishing out conversations with those at their tables.

“Not everyone has the opportunity to learn these skills, so coming to a dinner and being talked through how to do those things is important,” stated Highland Ambassadors Vice President Samantha Johnson.

She continued: “I think a lot of people learned a lot of things — especially even just where to put your nametag — you (the students learned a lot of things through the presentation.”

Johnson added: “It was nice to walk through it and to eat along with the presentation.”

In related events, Kristin Brockett — manager of communications at the university — was also recently appointed as a co-advisor for the Highland Ambassadors.

“I was an ambassador when I was in graduate school and I loved it. It was a great opportunity for me to meet people, network and build my communication skills. So, when I was asked to be the co-advisor for the Ambassadors, I was thrilled,” she exclaimed.

She went on to explain who the Highland Ambassadors are: “The Highland Ambassadors are a group on campus that represent the student body at formal events, the president’s events, open houses [and] admissions events.”

She continued: “Their job is to represent the university well and be the face of the campus. When people come onto campus for the first time, the ambassadors are there to welcome them, give them directions if needed and to make them feel comfortable here.”

Brockett then explained why an event like this is very important for students. “Our mission here at the university is to educate students.” With this, she believes it’s also equally important that they learn skills that they will need outside of the classroom. “You (the students) might know the business principles that you learned in the classroom — which is great — but you might have to do business during a dinner.”

She explained that she is very excited to continue working with Rachel Scofield, the Highland Ambassadors and the student body as the co-advisor of the Highland Ambassadors.

“I am very excited that there were so many people that attended tonight. It was great to be able to sit down with students, to interact with them and learn about business etiquette.”

Madi Gross | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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