March 31, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) -- As part of the mission to prepare students for life, the SMU Department of Athletics held a business etiquette dinner which included a full course meal for SMU student-athletes Sunday in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom on campus.
The seminar brought together juniors and seniors from the 17 sports teams with a goal to learn the American and Continental style food etiquette, as well as how to utilize it for networking and professional situations. Among a host of other items, student-athletes were taught proper handshaking, eye contact pointers, small talk tips, making introductions and rules for business causal and business professional attire during the two-hour program. The Outclassing the Competition program was presented by certified protocol and etiquette specialist Julie Wakefield of JW Etiquette in Dallas.
The event was well-received by the student-athletes and many felt it served various purposes.
“I absolutely love the fact that the athletic department provided this dinner,” senior track and field student-athlete Lisa Egarter said. “As an international student-athlete I needed to learn the right American manners and etiquette. I will graduate this spring and the real business world will not take any excuses.”
“The etiquette dinner was great because it taught us life skills and how to conduct ourselves in a professional manner” said Caroline Daly, a senior on the volleyball team.
“From my vantage point it is important that the student-athletes are comfortable with this type of environment when they go out into the real world,” said the Director of Life Skills Allison Singleton. “I want them to be in a setting where their natural talent shines through and they are not worrying about the intricacies of proper etiquette.”
Cameron Smith, football junior noted, “the seminar taught us a lot about table manners and insider tricks to help us get an edge when we attend dinner events.”
This was the inaugural etiquette dinner for the junior and senior student-athletes. For photos from the event, please visit the SMU SAAC Facebook page.