LSU College of Agriculture Residential College Hosts Manners and Dressing for Success Dinner

11/26/2012 11:59 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Agriculture’s Residential College, or ARC, recently hosted a Manners and Dressing for Success Dinner in the lobby of the Human Ecology Building.


The dinner was comprised of several student-involved activities, including a presentation by upper-level dietetics students on proper dining etiquette, such as which fork to use, seating arrangements, using a napkin properly and more.


Elva Bourgeois and Judy Myhand – faculty members in the LSU School of Human Ecology who both serve as track leaders for ARC’s Food, Fitness and Fashion track – worked with the students on the development, planning, and execution of this event. Distinguished guests in attendance were A.B. Clarke, former director of the LSU School of Home Economics, and Diane Rhodes, retired School of Home Economics faculty member.


To prepare for the event, students created and displayed posters with the proper etiquette regarding dressing for a dinner. In keeping with ARC’s theme of reducing its carbon footprint, students made placemats for guests out of recycled materials. Students also designed invitations for LSU dignitaries and also selected healthy and fun dishes from around the world that included plenty of locally-grown fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins and dairy items to provide a delicious and well-balanced meal. Items on the menu were cream of spinach soup, chicken tagine, Moroccan couscous with vegetables, Japanese cucumbers, roasted sweet potatoes, Chinese green beans and cupcakes with ice cream topped with homemade berry sauce. Students then prepared the ingredients and cooked the entire meal from scratch.

The LSU College of Agriculture Residential College is open to all first-year students in the College of Agriculture. By taking several core courses together, students form relationships more quickly with classmates and professors both inside the classroom and out. ARC offers opportunities to travel and hosts 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 achieve a greater sense of awareness, cultural competence, leadership and community.


For more information or to see additional pictures from the event visit or contact Mary Claire Gilder, coordinator of recruitment for the LSU College of Agriculture, at

Aaron  Looney 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Monday, November 26, 2012