April 16, 2019

In case you missed it: Sustainability Week

On Friday, April 12, Roger Achille, professor in the College of Business, discussed the Stop & Shop workers strike with ABC 6 reporter Dan Keith (read more); NBC 10 reporter Michelle San Miguel (watch now); WPRI 12 reporter Kim Kalunian (watch now); and The Public’s Radio’s Shane McKeon (listen now).

In an opinion piece published in the April 7, Sunday edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kristen Regine, professor in the College of Business, explained why lawmakers must recognize that consumers and businesses no longer prefer to pay with cash. Read more.

Kevin DeJesus, Ph.D., assistant professor in the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, joined WPRO’s Steve Klamkin to review the aftermath of the Israeli election.

The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa’s appointment. Read more.

Video and Photos of the Week

Behind the B
Culinary Nutrition student Amy Peralta ’19 was selected to work with the Boston Bruins’ executive chef to prepare a pre-workout breakfast and post-workout lunch for players and staff at Warriors Arena, the Boston Bruins’ practice facility. This is an opportunity made possible through the university’s education partnership with TD Garden and the Boston Bruins. A portion from the visit appeared on a short segment on NESN’s Behind the B on Tuesday, April 9.


ADTEAM Wins Regionals
On Friday, April 12, in Pepsi Forum, JWU’s ADTEAM competed in the District 1 National Student Advertising regional competition—and took home first place! JWU’s 19-member team, made up of Advertising and Marketing Communications, Marketing, Design, and Media and Communication Studies, prepared and presented an advertising campaign (television, radio, social media and print) for this year’s corporate client, Wienerschnitzel. The semifinals will be held May 2-3. Go Wildcats!

VITA Team at NBC 10
The JWU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) team visited NBC 10 studios and took calls from viewers who had tax questions during the 5, 5:30, 6 and 7pm newscasts on Wednesday, April 10. The team received over 70 calls from viewers.

From left to right at the desk: Mara G. Hernandez-Mclean ’21 (finance major), Kiersten Messina ’19 (accounting major), Carlos Diaz, associate professor, Vicky Kumar (first-year MBA in Accounting).

Celebration of Service
More than 200 attended the university’s annual Celebration of Service held in Schneider Auditorium on April 12 where 156 recipients—representing 2,360 years of service to JWU—were recognized. Citations were read allowed for those who reached milestones of 20 or more years.

This year, there were a couple of individuals who were recognized for 40 and 45 years of service – Joanne Galenski, associate professor, College of Business (45 years) and Paul McVety, dean, College of Hospitality Management (40 years). As President Marie Bernardo-Sousa said about these individuals in her welcoming remarks, “They give true meaning to the phrase, ‘Forever JWU.’”

Campus Announcements

2019 Commencement Honorary Degree Recipients
JWU Providence looks forward to presenting honorary degrees to the following distinguished individuals:

Friday, May 3, 11am, Graduate Studies Commencement, Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Honorary Degree Recipient and Keynote Speaker: Cynthia R. Bigelow, president and CEO, Bigelow Tea, Doctor of Business Administration

Saturday, May 18, 8:45am, Undergraduate Morning Ceremony, Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Honorary Degree Recipient and Keynote Speaker: Nigel Travis, chairman, Dunkin’ Brands Inc.; chairman, Leyton Orient Football Club, Doctor of Business Administration

Saturday, May 18, 1:45pm, Undergraduate Afternoon Ceremony, Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Honorary Degree Recipient and Keynote Speaker: Mehmet Gürs ’93, chef-partner, Istanbul Food & Beverage Group, Doctor of Culinary Arts

Honorary Degree Recipient: Derek Wagner ’99, chef-owner, Nicks on Broadway, Doctor of Culinary Arts

For more about the 2019 Commencement Ceremonies universitywide, visit the JWU Media Center.

Senior Send-Off
Previously announced in a memo from Ronald Martel, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, the JWU community will come together to celebrate the graduating class of 2019 at the university’s first Senior Send-Off event.

On Sunday, May 5, festivities will begin in Schneider Auditorium at 7:15 p.m. where Alumni Relations will officially welcome our seniors into the JWU alumni community of more than 112,000. Each senior will receive their alumni pin and a blue senior send-off t-shirt to wear that night. The class will proceed down Weybosset Street to Gaebe Commons for a celebration that will include food, games and music.

Faculty and staff participation: Gather a group of colleagues for a JWU night out or bring your family. Volunteers are also needed – sign-up today.  

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