April 23, 2019

According to a study conducted in 2017, 72 percent of all restaurant workers left their jobs compared to a 47 percent rate across all industries. Associate Professor Nicholas Makris, CHE, College of Hospitality Management, recommends that restaurant owners/managers keep three things in mind to combat this turnover rate. Read his comments in this month's FSR Magazine.

On Friday, April 18, Kristen Regine, professor in the College of Business, reviewed the trends that influence Easter consumer spending. Read more.

Roger Achille, professor in the College of Business, joined Dan Yorke on April 17 on his television program Dan Yorke State of Mind to review the ongoing strike of Stop & Shop workers. Watch the full episode.ydwvyrcqbwsv

Photos of the Week


Society for Human Resource Management Competition
On April 13, College of Business Human Resources graduate students Zenobiya Khambati and Antonilia Anthony earned first place in the second annual tri-state SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) case study competition. Khambati and Anthony demonstrated their mastery of human resources concepts, professional comportment, and composure under pressure during the competition and also represented JWU well while networking with HR professionals from the area. The team was accompanied by Nicole Amos, assistant professor, Management.

Pictured (l-r): Khambati, Anthony, and a representative of SHRM.


Michael Smith Regional Ethics Competition
A team of JWU College of Business undergraduate students placed second in the Michael Smith Regional Ethics Competition held at Providence College on April 6. Congratulations to Alexandra Thaller, G. Eldon Miller, Jacqueline Balamas, Marie Saine and Seon Bowker.
Students received their case two weeks prior to the competition. They were commissioned to design a 15-minute presentation outlining their ethical analysis of the opioid crisis and provide recommendations to the Congressional Opioid Task Force. Competitor teams included Providence College, Boston College, Simmons University and LaSalle University, among others.

CFA Society Providence
JWU Finance & Investment Academy (FIA) student leaders were honored by CFA Society Providence on April 17 at the State House for participating in the state's financial literacy initiatives through Stock Pitch RI. Cameron Ponce, Brandon Kauffman, Timothy Sullivan, Christopher Behen, and Alexander Liang represented JWU FIA at this event.
The students volunteered and dedicated their time to work with Al Cumplido from CFA Providence, Marcy Reyes from The Financial Literacy Youth Initiative program (FLY), and local high school students who competed in Stock Pitch RI this year. Rhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magaziner personally thanked students for their efforts.

FAM Trip to Ecuador
Katie Horrigan ’20, Tourism & Hospitality Management major, shared her experience traveling to Ecuador as part of the FAM Tour. Tourism & Hospitality Management students are required to take the Tour Management Operations course, which includes traveling aboard.

The course and trip is led by Tiffany Rhodes, assistant professor, College of Hospitality Management, who has an extensive knowledge of life abroad and the dynamics of people. Read Horrigan’s blog, 8 Days in Ecuador, One Life Changing Trip.

Campus Announcements

Sustainability Update
In line with FOCUS 2022 and in support of our guiding principle to “undertake continuous improvement and planning for a sustainable future,” JWU has made strides to implement energy efficiency measures and sustainable practices. On April 22 – Earth Day – Jason Witham, executive director of facilities, design & construction, provided the Providence Campus with an update on the progress made. Read more.

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 7:15pm 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.  

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.

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