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Etiquette Tip of the Week: Interview meal quick hits

Culture and Manners Institute

No matter what business you are in, you are always eating with others. There are meetings that run long, where sandwiches are ordered in; dining with clients or vendors; lunches and dinners with trade groups or at conventions; charitable fundraisers; company events with food; and if you have a cafeteria on site, you might lunch with many different people.

So what are some of the Interview Meal Quick Hits that apply to other business dining situations, too?

  • Keep pace with your dining partners – don’t finish too far ahead or too far behind.
  • Don’t order the most expensive items on the menu. Don’t order the largest items on the menu.
  • Avoid messy items like spaghetti, a French Dip sandwich, or finger food like ribs.
  • Taste your food before seasoning it. Seasoning first makes you look like one who doesn’t think before you leap.
  • Take small bites, so you can answer questions or discuss business.
  • Don’t order things on the side. It makes you look high maintenance.
  • Don’t try to cool hot soup or hot coffee with ice from your water glass. Waiting for things to cool shows patience.
  • Leave your plates where they are at the end of the meal. Don’t stack them or push them away.
  • Turn off the cell phone or PDA and be attentive to the people around you.
  • Don’t order a doggie bag in business. Your dog never has to know.
  • No grooming at the table – lipsticks, combs, nail files are to be used in the restroom, not at the table.
  • Kill the wait staff with kindness. How you treat them is a reflection of how you will treat co-workers, reports and clients.



Wednesday, April 30, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Wesemann Cafe

One-stop shopping for the May 2014 graduates to learn everything you need to know about graduation. This event is designed to ensure things go smoothly as you prepare for the May Commencement ceremony and life after graduation.

Pick-up your cap and gown, participate in the mandatory financial aid exit counseling sessions, enter to win prizes, enjoy refreshments, receive your class gifts from the Steering Committee and obtain information about preparing for the bar exam.

Participation at this event is REQUIRED as this is the only location these services will be provided.

What you can expect to accomplish at the Law Grad Finale:

•    Pick-up caps, gowns & hoods

•    Receive graduation line-up & hooding instructions

•    Review your name reader cards for graduation

•    Receive your mini-class composite & glass gift

•    Receive commencement photo details from Grad Images

•    Obtain graduation information for family members

•    Complete the Graduate Survey

•    Learn what to do with your law school email and document accounts

•    Obtain information about bar prep

•    WIN PRIZES including Graduation Diploma Frames

•    Participate in mandatory financial aid exit counseling for federal student loan borrowers

(Two exit counseling sessions offered: Tabor Classroom at either 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.)


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On Friday, April 25, graduating Valparaiso Law students participated in the annual Cane Walk. After unveiling the class’ composite picture students walked to the Porter County Courthouse with their canes in hand.  The Cane Walk symbolizes the end of the journey from law student to lawyer. The walk was led by Valparaiso Law class advisor, Professor Bruce Berner. Upon reaching the courthouse, Professor Berner reminded students that the practice of law is a calling and as lawyers we are expected to be leaders in our communities.

The Cane Walk began in 1923 when students began carrying canes in addition to wearing straw hats as part of the “Straw Hat Parade.”  The tradition was dropped during World War II, but was revived in honor of the law school’s 125th anniversary in 2004.

Alumni Events

Be sure to visit the Alumni “Coming Up Next” Page to see the upcoming schedule of alumni activities. All students are welcome to attend!

Wesemann Café Menu

For the menu (week of 4/28/14), please click on the following link:  Menu