LSU College of Agriculture Residential College to Host Manners & Dressing for Success Dinner Nov. 16

11/16/2011 09:26 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Agriculture’s Residential College will host a Manners and Dressing for Success Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Blake Hall.


The dinner comprises several student-involved activities, including a presentation by upper-level dietetics students on proper dining etiquette, such as which fork to use, keeping one’s elbows off the table, using a napkin and more.


Also, students in the college’s Food, Fitness and Fashion track – primarily those majoring in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising in the residential college – will be making posters with the proper etiquette of dressing for a dinner. Students will be photographing themselves, using cutouts from magazines, and hand drawing the posters.


In keeping with the Residential College’s theme of reducing its carbon footprint, students will make placements for guests out of recycled materials. They will also be transforming recyclable and organic materials into table centerpieces and room decorations. Some examples include soda bottles, cans, leftover Halloween pumpkins and tree branches.


Students are also transforming old tote bags into dog vests for the therapy dogs in the college’s animal-assisted therapy program. Students have de-constructed the bags and will be sewing them to fit the dogs. These vests will be on display at the dinner.


To prepare for the event, students divided into three teams – an invitation and planning group, a groceries group and a cooking group. The invitation and planning team created handwritten invitations for LSU dignitaries, and also selected fun and tasty dishes that include plenty of fresh locally grown vegetables and fruits, whole grains, protein foods and dairy to provide a delicious and balanced meal.


The grocery team made the list of ingredients needed to prepare the dishes, shopping at local produce marts and the downtown Baton Rouge farmer’s market to collect the items.


Finally, the cooking team prepared the ingredients ahead of time, and will be cooking the day of the event. Everything will be made from scratch.


The LSU College of Agriculture Residential College is open to all first-year students in the College of Agriculture. The residential college focuses on “Ag Leadership,” a recurring theme throughout this program designed for first-year agriculture students. By taking several core courses together, students will more quickly form relationships with classmates and professors both inside the classroom and out. The residence hall will offer opportunities to travel and host several special interest lectures that focus on the diverse needs of today’s ever changing world. By living in a “mini-campus” atmosphere within the larger LSU campus, students will achieve a greater sense of awareness, cultural competence, leadership, and community.


For more information on the event, contact Jennifer Neal, coordinator of student services for the LSU College of Agriculture, at 225-578-2083, or email

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2011