Dining Etiquette Workshops with "Dr. Etiquette" Return to Hudson Valley

February 20, 2017

What: Dr. John Mellon will demonstrate and discuss professional etiquette for dining in a business or professional environment as well as among family and friends during two 90-minute presentations at Hudson Valley Community College.

Why: Dining etiquette is part of a series of leadership workshops sponsored by the Student Senate to prepare students for the career world. The workshops complement classroom instruction and instill confidence in students preparing for careers. Dr. Mellon has led workshops at Hudson Valley for several years in a row.

Who: An associate professor of marketing at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, Dr. Mellon also teaches etiquette for educational institutions and businesses under the name Dr. Etiquette. He has written extensively on the subject and speaks at marketing conferences and symposiums within the tourism and hospitality industry.

Where/When: Workshops for Hudson Valley students will be held on Monday, Feb. 20 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Siek Campus Center, room 150 and again on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Siek Campus Center, room 150.

Details: Topics to be addressed include understanding place settings, table conversation, when to sit or stand at the table, introducing oneself and meeting new people at a function, meal ordering and cell phone use. According to Dr. Mellon, knowing the proper ways to react in dining and related situations puts people at ease and makes the experience comfortable, enjoyable and relaxing. Each participant takes away something different, whether it's new information or a new way of understanding something you learned in the past, he adds.


Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 11,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has 80,000 alumni.

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