September 10, 2019



September Contest: Submit one photo along with a short caption from ANY JWU Providence event, activity, game or program, or from inside the classroom or lab, to This Week at JWU to be entered to win a free grande drink at Starbucks Downcity, Starbucks Harborside or Wildcat Cafe. Photos sent in will be included in the September 17 edition of the newsletter. Two winners will be drawn and also announced in the September 17 issue.

Submission Deadline: Monday, September 16, at noon to Lauren Tkacs, manager of internal university communications and editor of This Week at JWU.

Details: Photos taken on a cellphone are welcome. This contest is for JWU Providence faculty or staff only.

Save the dates: Experiential Education & Career Services fall part-time job and career fairs.

JWU Newsmakers

During the summer months, Chef Peter Kelly, associate professor in the College of Culinary Arts, took time to work with a writer seeking an expert with historical perspective on the multi-cultural wedding tradition of serving cookies for dessert. Kelly takes it all the way back to hot rocks in Neolithic times. Read For immigrant families, a sweet wedding tradition preserves a taste of home, appearing in Religion News Service.

The increased popularity and sales of bulletproof backpacks continues to make headlines. Kristen Regine, professor in the College of Business, discussed the retail trend with WPRI 12 Consumer Investigator Susan Campbell. Watch now. Regine also spoke with Campbell about the record consumer spending projections for the back-to-school shopping season. She also offered insight on the growing trend of donating school supplies to parent teacher organizations and teachers. Watch now.

On Wednesday, September 4, The Valley Breeze spotlighted Joe Greene’s appointment as vice chancellor of finance and administration. Read more.

Videos of the Week

Welcome Back Wildcats!
A message from Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa, LP.D., ’92

How Students Can Prepare for JWU’s Conversion to Semesters This video and FAQs about the transition to semesters can be found online.

Campus Announcements

Listing of JWU Alumni-Owned/Operated Restaurants in Providence Area
Hungry in Providence? Whether it is a lunch meeting Downcity or dinner with the family, you can support JWU alumni with your next meal. Alumni Relations is proud to share a list of alumni-owned/operated restaurants in Providence and the surrounding area. This list will be updated periodically as new restaurants and alumni are confirmed and added. View and download (PDF) the listing.

You’ll find many familiar names on the list, and you might discover a JWU connection you didn’t know about. This list is generated based on the information in JWU’s alumni database so if you think a restaurant is missing, please email so we can update our records.


Please note: the purpose of this list is to provide the JWU community with a tasty way to support our alumni. No discounts or special offers are available in conjunction with this list.

Alarm and Sprinkler Testing
Facilities Management will be conducting fire alarm and sprinkler testing throughout the Harborside and Downcity campuses from Monday, September 16, through Friday, September 27. These tests will occur sporadically and throughout all of our buildings, including residence halls. The fire alarm will set off short beeps. The sprinklers will not discharge, and no alarms will sound. We apologize in advance for the disruption. If you have any questions, please call Andre Vafiadis in Facilities Management on his cell phone at 401-741-3287.

Reserving Space on Campus
In a recent memo from Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Ron Martel, Ph.D., he shared the university’s protocol to reserve academic, non-academic and computer lab space on campus for meetings, events or other activities using Astra Schedule, the new room scheduling software. Read more.

NECHE Information Sessions for JWU Staff, Sept 19
In October, Johnson & Wales University will undergo a comprehensive evaluation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) to maintain its accreditation, culminating in a site visit by a team of peer reviewers.

To help prepare the JWU community for their visit, Provost Billye Auclair is hosting NECHE Information Sessions for JWU staff on Thursday, September 19.

  • 10-11 a.m. – Pepsi Forum, Downcity Campus

  • 2-3 p.m. – Wildcat Center Lounge, Harborside Campus

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Wildcats First is a monthly workshop series designed to develop skills for incoming students to be successful at JWU and beyond. Questions:

Homecoming & Family Weekend, October 18-20, 2019
All members of the JWU are invited to attend. Early bird pricing now available through September 30. View schedule and purchase tickets online.

Eat Healthy Recipe


Lemon Grass Pork Bánh Mì
By: Jonathan Poyourow '03, RD, LD, CSCS

Looking for something else? Check out JWU’s Changing the Way the World Eats library of recipes.



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