By: Leo Dassa - Maryland Media Relations Student Assistant
As part of the University of Maryland’s commitment to student welfare and career development, the department of athletics held an etiquette dinner which included a full course meal for Terrapin student-athletes Wednesday in Orem Alumni Hall.
The event brought together people from different backgrounds with a goal to learn the 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 10 dos and don’t’s for proper etiquette during the two-hour program.
The event was well-received by the student-athletes and many felt it served various purposes.
“I got a lot out of this,” Tony Gardner, a senior wrestler, said. “I actually went to this last year and I thought it helped prepare you for formal meetings. There were a lot of things I didn’t even know are frowned upon when you’re meeting with important people.”
“I think it was a good experience to be able to know these things for the future,” Bridget Nolan, a senior on the track & field team, said.
The dinner began with potato and leek soup, leading to an entre of chicken bruschetta and topped off with Appledore Island crisp.
“From my vantage point it is important that the student-athletes are comfortable with this type of environment so that when they go out into the real world they are comfortable,” Ziz Abdur-Ra’oof, the Director of Student Welfare and Career Development, said. “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.”
The speaker of the event, Alexandra Kovach reiterated Abdur-Ra’oof’s sentiments on the evening.
“It’s fantastic. Maryland has been doing this for over 10 years,” Kovach said. “I think this is a great program. It’s extremely important for these students to know proper etiquette when they leave the University setting and begin to interact with people in business environments or any type of industry. These are really important skills to know.”
Important skills indeed, even if it meant extra work in the gym the next day to work off the Appledore Island crisp.