Distributed January 18, 2002
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Kristen Cole

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Career Week dinner to serve etiquette lessons for job-seeking seniors

Cornish game hen, wild greens with cherry tomatoes, brownie royale and tips on dining etiquette are on the menu for a three-course mock interview dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Brown University Faculty Club. The dinner is part of Career Week 2002, Jan. 22-26, which features more than 100 alumni speakers.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — After four years of picking from pizza boxes and filling trays at the campus dining hall, Brown University seniors will sit down to a three-course gourmet meal – complete with a side of etiquette lessons. The dinner and etiquette lessons are designed to prepare them for job search situations.

Agnes G. Doody, professor of communication studies at the University of Rhode Island, will lead the lighthearted etiquette dinner Friday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Brown University Faculty Club. Students will learn how to navigate through an interview meal or drinks with important colleagues. They have been asked to “dress to impress” for the occasion.

The dinner is part of Career Week 2002, five days of panels and presentations open to the entire student body about everything from writing a resume and interviewing for a job to creating connections with alumni. More than 900 students have registered for the week’s events, which will culminate Saturday, Jan. 26, with panel discussions featuring more than 100 alumni.

Editors: Although space is limited, news media are welcome to attend any Career Week 2002 events. Please make arrangements with Kristen Cole in the Brown News Service. A complete list of the week’s events is online at www.careerservices.brown.edu/career_week.html

Unlike a job fair, which brings recruiters to campus to fill positions, Career Week focuses on providing students with practical information to aid career exploration. Alumni will relate their individual experiences about entering and working in a variety of fields.

The list of alumni speakers includes Lorraine Padden ’88, audience development manager for the San Francisco Ballet; Ann Turley ’92, electronics engineer for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center; Cornelia Dean ’69, New York Times science editor; Raymond Rhinehart ’62, director of special projects for The American Institute of Architects; and Irma Valdez ’93, assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. One panel will feature alumni in nontraditional careers, such as Warren Brown ’93, who followed his passion into baking after becoming a lawyer.

“Brown students go on to do many varied and exciting things, but finding a way into a particular career is often not immediately apparent,” said Sheila Curran, director of career services. “Alumni can help students identify what they want to do after graduation and give them valuable advice on how to achieve their career goals.”

Students are able to register for three alumni panels grouped into five career categories: entertainment and the arts; science, health and technology; finance, business and consulting; teaching, administration and working for the public good; writing, communications, marketing, public relations and advertising.

Career Week 2002 is sponsored by individual Brown alumni, an anonymous donor, the Brown Alumni Association, the Office of Career Services, Goldman Sachs, the Office of Alumni Relations, and the Dean of the College. The etiquette dinner is co-sponsored by the senior class.