Etiquette dinner teaches students networking skills, proper dining

The annual Laramie County Community College Etiquette Dinner serves as a place for students to learn proper dinner etiquette, as well as network with business professionals. This year’s dinner took place April 10.

The etiquette dinner has been going on for four years, and it is part of the Student Leadership Institute.

“This dinner provides training for our student leaders,” Zeke Sorenson, coordinator of Student Engagement and Diversity, said. “Every year we incorporate new groups into it.”

At the dinner, there were professionals from around Cheyenne to help with the networking portion of the evening to help students learn how to interact in a business setting.

“The goal is to provide students with more opportunities to get more engaged with the community, but also provide training and skills, so when students leave LCCC they have those skills to succeed,” Sorenson said.   

Crystal Smith with the Career Center did a lot of the planning, while Sorenson helped facilitate the event.

This year’s theme was volunteer work and service, so the professionals who came were based out of businesses or organizations who focus on volunteerism.

These businesses included:

  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Cheyenne Regional Medical Center
  • United Way of Laramie County
  • Julie’s Closet
  • Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce
  • Wyoming Department of Education
  • Black Dog Animal Rescue

In the past, the dinners have focused on multicultural components as well as fine dining.

Sorenson said that organizers change the experience so students aren’t going to the exact same thing each year.

“My favorite part of the etiquette dinner is learning about American etiquette and European etiquette,” Brayden Johnson, a member of Campus Activities Board, said.

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