College of Business Hosted the 2015 Student Etiquette Dinner

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College of Business hosted 2015 Student Etiquette Dinner

March 25, 2015, Christie Mitchell


The College of Business hosted its annual Student Etiquette Dinner. Thanks to the generous support of the college’s advisory boards and alumni, this year’s dinner was transformational.

“I believe providing our students with the skills required to excel in today’s competitive job market is the right thing to do,” said Jill Gobert, director of development for the College of Business. “We have a tradition of producing well-educated students. Now we need to be equally dedicated to training our students in areas such as etiquette and professionalism. Our corporate partners and employers expect it from us.”

More than 200 students attended the dinner. The evening began with a reception, where students learned how to make proper introductions, initiate appropriate conversation starters and hone their general networking techniques. The reception was followed by a three-course meal provided by Mary’s of Herrin, Illinois.

Melenie Broyles of Etiquette St. Louis guided the attendees throughout the entire evening with etiquette instructions. Broyles founded Etiquette St. Louis 10 years ago as a way to emphasize to individuals that having good manners is more than knowing which fork to use.

“Etiquette is not about impressing people,” Broyles said. “It is about using kindness, courtesy and respect in every part of our daily lives.”

Broyles also has found ways to use humor to make etiquette training fun.

College officials were thrilled to see the number of students who have made dinner reservations increase dramatically this year from past average attendance of 40. Jason Greene, interim dean of the College of Business, credits the effort of the Etiquette Dinner Committee for the growth, planning and improvements made to this year’s dinner.

The event was funded by the generous support of the college’s alumni, board members and corporate partners, and the college thanks the sponsors for their support. The college also extends its gratitude to the Etiquette Dinner Committee members for making this event possible through their time, dedication and hard work.

The committee members were:

  • Larry       Bailey
  • Sean       Boston
  • Karen       Bedwell Herhahn
  • Charlie       Brown
  • David       Depkon
  • Jill       Gebke
  • Jill       Gobert
  • Jason       Greene
  • Tom       Harmon – Co-Chair
  • James       Karayiannis
  • Gray       Magee
  • Mary       Mechler – Co-Chair
  • Christie       Mitchell
  • Rick       Navarre
  • Susie       Rashid
  • Sunil       K. Sinah, M.D.
  • Heather       Willis

The Etiquette Dinner took place on Thursday, April 9 at the Carbondale Civic Center. This was a free event for College of Business students. Reservations and business attire were required. For more information, please contact Gobert at 618/453-5117 or