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Saint Xavier Minding Its Manners

Third Annual Etiquette Dinner to be held Feb. 10

CHICAGO (Feb. 3, 2005) – With the job market as competitive as ever, applicants must take every opportunity to impress prospective employers. Sometimes, a gleaming resume is simply not enough. Credibility can be completely undermined with one slurp of soup or a limp handshake. Saint Xavier University’s Third Annual Etiquette Dinner will help prepare students for the professional world beyond the classroom. The event will be held 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 in the Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

“Integrity, professionalism, a positive attitude and proper manners are just as important as a resume in getting a job,” said Jamie Manahan, assistant director of alumni mentoring in the Office of Counseling and Career Services at Saint Xavier. “You can tell someone how to dress or what to put on a resume, but you need to provide an example of good etiquette.”
Gloria Peterson, an expert in etiquette and image training with Global Protocol, will provide a tutorial in proper behavior for a plethora of situations, from interviews to business meetings to everyday social situations. Students will receive guidance throughout dinner and will practice interacting with professionals from many fields.

Saint Xavier alumni mentor and alumni board members have volunteered to act as table hosts, providing their expertise and experience with dining in a business setting. Students will dine with Teresa Cornejo, a banking professional; Tom Sigel, senior district manager with Janssen Pharmaceutical; Patricia Ryan, a senior manager with Deloitte and Touche LLP as well as educators and hospital administrators.

With the $10 fee, students will receive a five-course meal and helpful tips regarding mingling and what not to order at a dinner interview. Business attire is required. Participants must register ahead of time by calling 773-298-3974. It would be impolite not to.

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