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Students receive a dose of Emily Post

by William Shealy, College of Pharmacy
Phi Lambda Sigma
Beta Chi Chapter Historian
Oh, the life of a student. Constantly cramming, rarely relaxing, unceasingly stressed.  Somewhere along the way between our mothers yelling “sit up straight!” and the school’s dean lauding congratula-tions as we stride down the commence-ment  carpet we picked up a bad habit or 12.
Phi Lambda Sigma, the pharmacy leadership society, has set out to correct the egregious dining faux pas before the pupils hit the interview circuit and professional world. 
The organization held its aptly named Etiquette Dinner at Anson Restaurant  Nov. 19.  The director of the Mount Pleasant Junior Cotillion, Mary Kennerty, provided the instruction and training as students and guests enjoyed a four-course meal.
Kennerty’s meticulous attention to detail and readiness to catch the etiquette-inept kept all in attendance minding their Ps and Qs.  Of the many offenses committed by the starving students, pausing to converse between bites was surprisingly common.  At work we often do not have but a few minutes to down a cafeteria delight and then it is back to the patients.  Everyone’s etiquette repertoire became as full as their stomachs by the evening’s end.
If there was only a sliver of knowledge to be consumed, one could say that at work, we have patients, but while dining, we need more patience.

Friday, Jan. 8, 2010

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