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Sources: Jessica Heath, 785-532-6506, jheath@k-state.edu
Pat Pesci, 785-532-2210, patpesci@k-state.edu
http://www.k-state.edu/media/mediaguide/bios/pescibio.html
News release prepared by: Emily Vietti, 785-532-2535, evietti@k-state.edu

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

DINING ETIQUETTE WORKSHOP TO HELP STUDENTS NAVIGATE TRICKY SITUATIONS

MANHATTAN -- Where should you place your napkin after you eat? Don't know? Pat Pesci can help you figure it out.

Pesci, a hospitality management and dietetics professor and K-State's own "Mr. Manners," is conducting a dining etiquette workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Derby Dining Center Gold Room. Pesci will help students sail through the muddy waters of dining etiquette -- especially dining during job interviews.

"We cover many different things that could go wrong during a job interview meal," Pesci said. "Most students are happy to have a refresher and the reassurance that they do have good table manners."

Pesci said the biggest mistakes people make are often related to whether or not to order an alcoholic beverage -- and what kind is OK to order -- during a meal with a potential employer.

"There are many different approaches to etiquette, and most of the approaches are generally correct," Pesci said. "Ultimately, I host the dining etiquette workshop because I want people to remember to think about what they're doing in these situations."

The workshop is open to K-State students. The cost is $9, but students with a K-State meal plan can sign up for only $5. Professional business attire is required.

To sign up for the workshop, visit 100 Holtz Hall or call 785-532-6506. Reservations and payment are required by Friday, Oct. 29.