October 8, 2019


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This month’s contest theme is “JWU History.” Today through Monday, October 14 by 4:30pm, submit your answers to the following 5 questions to Lauren Tkacs. You will be entered to win a free grande drink at Starbucks Downcity, Starbucks Harborside or Wildcat Cafe. Answers (and two winners) will be published in the October 15 issue. All entries will be eligible to win, so take a guess! Submit your answers now.

  1. In what year did the four-day class weeks first begin?

  2. Where were the two branch campuses located that were consolidated into the Charlotte Campus?

  3. In what year did Johnson & Wales College become Johnson & Wales University?

  4. When was the Wildcat statue installed on the Harborside Campus?

  5. What country was JWU’s first international student from?

JWU Newsmakers

Michael Sabitoni ’90, ’92 M.S., CHE, chairperson, College of Hospitality Management, makes a visit to Bonchon sound worth the trip in his interview with FSR Magazine. The full-service brand that began in Korea and has gone global, with closest locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, is showing signs of becoming a formidable competitor to its fast-food rivals. Read his reasons for its growth in this article, “Bonchon’s Rapid Rise to Fried-Chicken Stardom.”

College of Culinary Arts Assistant Dean TJ Delle Donne ’04, ’07 M.A.T., has been a reliable source for the Worcester Business Journal as the area develops as a food destination. While its restaurant scene has improved, it still fights for talented chefs and industry respect. Chef Delle Donne shared insight to help offset that problem. In another story that appeared this summer, he assessed how the region's new Worcester Public Market is on trend.

JWU celebrated the opening of The Center for Media Production with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 4. The program concluded with video messages from ABC 6, NBC 10 and WPRI 12 reporters. NBC 10 covered the story during the stations Friday evening newscast, as did ABC 6.

Photos of the Week

The Center for Media Production official ribbon cutting in the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences

Video of the Week

Bistro 61 in the College of Hospitality Management

Campus Announcements

Emergency Management Plan Training
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes September as National Preparedness Month to encourage and remind people to be better prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. JWU is committed to educating and preparing its community by providing the necessary resources to react and respond to a variety of emergency situations that may occur. All JWU full- and part-time faculty and staff members are asked to take the online Emergency Management Plan (EMP) training by October 31, 2019. This is an annual requirement by the university. Instructions to access the training are included in the recent memo sent by Christopher Harwood, director of emergency management.

Dorrance Street Road Closure
As of Monday, September 30, the southbound lane on Dorrance Street in front of The Yena Center is closed. This road may be out of service for up to four weeks; however, every effort is being made by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to reduce that time frame. Please note that northbound traffic will not be detoured.


NECHE Open Forums for Faculty and Staff
From October 20-24, 2019, JWU will host a team of peer reviewers on campus as part of the university’s comprehensive evaluation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) to maintain its accreditation.

During their visit, the team will hold open forums for faculty, staff and students at all four JWU campuses. I hope you take this opportunity to express your thoughts about Johnson & Wales to the visiting team, share what it is like to work here, and answer their questions. Please make every effort to join NECHE’s visiting team at one of the following sessions. Registration is not required. 

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Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report
Executive Director of Campus Safety & Security LeRoy Rose Jr., shared the 2019 Annual Security Report and First Safety Report on September 30 with the JWU community. View the Providence Campus report.

Purple Challenge
This October, in support of Domestic Violence Awareness, Human Resources & Payroll and is providing ways JWU departments, clubs and organizations can all band together as a community to get involved, show our support and make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors.

Experiential Education & Career Services Upcoming Career Fairs and Panels

  • October 9, 2019 (Accounting & Finance)

  • October 17, 2019 (Culinary & Hospitality)

  • November 7, 2019 (Business)

Eat Healthy Recipe


French Toast
By: Jonathan Poyourow '03, RD, LD, CSCS, associate professor, Culinary Nutrition

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



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