Spring 2010 Issue

Barry student athletes learn to ‘Dine like a Diplomat’

Student athletes Kisa Duncan (women’s basketball) Kadi Karam (rowing) Drew Dwelly (baseball) brush up on etiquette January 26 at ‘Dine like a Diplomat.’

Barry student athletes took a night off from practice January 26 and brushed up on their table manners. About 100 people, including student athletes, coaches and alumni, attended “Dine like a Diplomat,” hosted by Career Services, Athletics and the Alumni Association.

Junior and senior student athletes and coaches from each of Barry’s intercollegiate teams, as well as former Barry athletes, participated in a four-course seminar on proper table manners held in Andreas 111.

“They [Barry athletes] need to be role models,” said Dr. Amy Diepenbrock, director of Career Services. “They’re in the spotlight a lot, so they need to know how to act professionally.”

The seminar, presented by The Protocol Centre, featured tips on topics such as seating, ordering, setting the table and hosting an event. Participants wore professional attire and dined on vegetable soup, salad, chicken francaise and coconut cake.

In August, Athletics received a $1,000 grant from the NCAA’s CHAMPS/Life Skills program for events and initiatives designed to supplement the development of student athletes and members of the student body.