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Dining Etiquette Presentations at Hudson Valley Community College Offered to Students and Community

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In a series of fun and interactive presentations, Dr. John Mellon, aka Dr. Etiquette, will demonstrate and discuss manners for dining, whether among family and friends or in a business/professional atmosphere, at Hudson Valley Community College on Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25.

The public is invited to attend free of charge on Monday, March 24 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Hudson Valley student sessions are on Monday from 3 to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Siek Campus Center. Students also are welcome to attend the Monday evening session.

Sponsored by the college’s Student Senate, Dining Etiquette is part of a leadership series of events designed to further prepare students for the career world. “Programs of the Leadership Institute at Hudson Valley are intended to complement the academic side of education and give students confidence in all aspects of their lives,” said Louis Coplin, Director of Student Life at Hudson Valley. “We cover topics that may not be included in coursework, but are valuable for all students in school and out.”

Dining Etiquette sessions will focus on understanding of place settings, handshaking and meeting new people, conversation at the table, introducing oneself at a function, when to sit or stand at the table, meal ordering, cell phone use and more.

“We all have something to learn when it comes to etiquette. Dining and related situations should be enjoyable and relaxing. Knowing what to do or not to do in a given situation assures that everyone is comfortable,” he says.

An associate professor of Marketing at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, Dr. Mellon teaches etiquette for educational institutions and businesses in his free time. He writes extensively and speaks at numerous conferences and symposiums on marketing, especially in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 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 more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.