October 2, 2018

JWU Newsmakers

  • With the popularity of "The Great British Baking Show" among American television viewers, the website How Stuff Works asked JWU to clarify the confusion between British and U.S. baking terms. Chef Tim Brown, CHE, department chair and associate instructor, International Baking & Pastry Institute, College of Culinary Arts, sorted out the differences. Read “Great British Baking Terms: Know Your Scones From Your Biscuits.”

  • The Providence Journal published a story highlighting WhatsGood, the app created by JWU alum Matt Tortora ’15 to enable consumers to order goods from a variety of local farms and vendors and have them delivered to their kitchen. In the article, Tortora credits his time at JWU for giving him a jumpstart. Read now.

  • JWU alum Aura Fajardo ’17 of Aura’s Chocolate in Olneyville discusses her career in confectionery and her slow-but-steady plans for her artisanal chocolate company in the latest edition of Edible Rhody. Read now.

  • Paul Sylvestre, department chair and associate professor, Criminal Justice, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, discussed the importance of 9-1-1 response times with NBC 10 I-Team reporter Katie Davis. Watch nowyvyuysbbzvscbtfvfwzeubx.

Photos of the Week

Thirty students in JWU’s Fashion Merchandising & Retailing program visited the Michael Kors Outlet store in Wrentham, Mass. as part of the Retail Industry Seminar, led by Pat Fisher, associate professor in the College of Business.

Brandi Janelle Varlaro ’05, store manager, hosted the class and discussed the differences between outlet retailing and regular priced retailing.

Experiential Education & Career Services and the College of Business hosted a Digital Marketing & Social Media panel of alumni speakers prior to the annual College of Business career fair on September 27. JWU welcomed back to campus: Jordan Schorr ‘18, independent contractor with Hasbro; Ryan Healy ‘12, senior digital strategist with Hill Holiday; Luann Edwards ‘02 global strategic marketing communications consultant and founder of Socially Professional; and Sierra Barter ‘09, social media manager at AAA Northeast.

The JWU student chapter of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) toured Twin River Hotel and Casino last week. Dale Silva, associate professor in the College of Hospitality Management and NSMH advisor, attended the tour as well.

The group of 26 students learned about the casino and gaming industries and what it takes to have a successful career in hospitality.

Campus Announcements


Institutional Review Board
To continue to foster a robust culture of scholarship and research, JWU has established an Institutional Review Board (IRB), effective with the 2018-19 academic year. The establishment of an IRB supports JWU’s guiding principles and new strategic plan FOCUS 2022 by encouraging members of the JWU community to engage in scholarship appropriate to their disciplines and individual aspirations. Read more in a recent memo from Provost Lily Hsu, Ed.D.

Fire Alarm Testing Postponed
Sprinkler testing has been completed; however, fire alarm testing throughout the Harborside and Downcity campuses has been postponed to Monday, October 15, through Friday, October 26. These tests will occur sporadically and throughout all of our buildings, including residence halls. The fire alarm will set off short beeps. For questions, please call Andre Vafiadis, building services administrator, Facilities Management, on his cell phone at 401-741-3287.

Revised Employee Reimbursement Form
Effective October 1, 2018, the per-diem rates for meals will change. Please reference a recent memo from Joseph Greene, treasurer and chief financial officer, for more details and to access the revised form.