October 16, 2018


Eat Healthy

An Argument for the Imperfect
By Chef Matthew Britt, CEC

When choosing ingredients, perfection should never be the enemy of good. We’ve all done it. You're in the produce section of the grocery store and you squeeze every avocado, looking for that perfect ripeness, unaware of the damage this causes to the fruit. In the dairy section, you inspect each gallon of milk for a magic date. The irony is that sell-by or expiration dates are assigned by the producer and have little to do with quality. The reality is that in our search for perfection, we are adding to the nation's growing food waste problem. Read more.

Video of the Week

JWU staff and faculty continue their work to make sure every interaction with a prospective student and family is a positive and memorable experience. This Saturday, October 20, JWU will host its first open house for the 2018-19 year. One of JWU’s largest recruitment events is the open house. The program begins with an overview of the institution and college in which the prospective student is interested. This year, new videos featuring JWU students and faculty have been produced for this audience. Each week, This Week at JWU will share one of the six college videos. Stay tuned!

First up: College of Engineering & Design.

JWU Newsmakers

  • Following the recently publicized deaths of two customers of the UK's Pret a Manger, College of Culinary Arts Bridget Sweet, executive director of food safety, describes the multiple challenges restaurants face when managing food safety measures in Forbes.

  • Diane McCrohan, associate professor in the College of Business, shared her thoughts on the announced closure of Nordstrom at the Providence Place Mall, the pending move in of Boscov's, and the future of shopping malls with WPRI 12 reporter Steve Nielsen (watch), NBC 10 reporter Michelle San Miguel (watch) and the Providence Journal (read). Only a few days later, McCrohan also discussed the viability and long-term outlook of Sears after its decision to file for Chapter 11 and close over 140 stores with NBC 10 (watch).

  • Kristen Regine, professor, and Tim Howes, associate professor, both in the College of Business, also discussed Nordstrom’s decision to leave the Providence Place Mall and its impact on the mall and its other stores on WPRO radio.

  • JWU’s partnership with TD Garden and the Boston Bruins, announced on October 10, was featured by the following outlets: NHLBruins.com, Blackandgoldhockey.com and the Providence Chamber of Commerce.

Campus Announcements

Thank You from John J. Bowen ’77
In his closing memo to the JWU community as chancellor, John J. Bowen ’77 extended an invitation to faculty and staff to spend some time with him and his wife Kathie during the times below:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from noon-2pm
Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence
Harborside Campus

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 3:30-5pm
John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation
Downcity Campus

Scott Lyons Accepts Dean of Students Position at Denver Campus
In a memo on October 3, Denver Campus President Richard Wiscott, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Scott Lyons, Ed.D., as dean of students at JWU Denver. Lyons worked at JWU Providence for 13 years, most recently serving as director of student involvement & leadership.

Fire Alarm Testing October 15-26
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.