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Etiquette Event Teaches Mason Students Practical Skills

Remember when you were a senior in college? If you were like many of your peers, it was an exciting time--but also a time of uncertainty.

Will I be able to find a good job? How can I make the best impression when meeting potential employers? At my last interview, should I have ordered something other than the garlic pasta with drippy sauce and stringy cheese? These questions, along with many others, are asked by inquiring George Mason students at the annual Dining Etiquette in the Workplace (DEW) dinner, held during the fall semester. DEW is designed to arm students with the knowledge and self-confidence required for successful interaction in social and employment situations. University Career Services, the Office of Alumni Affairs, and University Dining Services are the program sponsors.

This year, the DEW dinner will be held October 18 at George's (formerly Crossroads Restaurant) on the Fairfax Campus. It offers participants the chance to learn basic skills in dining and job search etiquette. The evening typically begins with a brief "mocktail" reception, during which students practice the art of "mingling," followed by a formal dinner and expert presentations on a variety of relevant topics--everything from "which fork?" to whether it is appropriate to discuss salary expectations during the first interview.

Another important component of the event is the presence of alumni volunteers, who represent a variety of employment fields and can share their personal experiences with students eager to gain as much knowledge as possible from those who have been through the job search process and who, in many cases, have a student's academic major or desired career in common. Mason alumni participate fully in the DEW event alongside the students, allowing them to connect on a very personal level--and to offer much appreciated real-life advice.

For more information about the DEW event, or to volunteer along with other Mason alumni, please contact Tami O'Brien, Office of Alumni Affairs, at (703) 993-8737 or

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