Club Conference

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Friday, September 20
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
University Events Center (UEC)

Student organization leaders will learn everything they need to know in order to have a successful year.

This year we are featuring a keynote by Michelle Guobadia, director of fraternity & sorority life at UNCC, on recruiting and retaining members.

There will also be other sessions throughout the day to help student org lead their groups to success! 

Welcome New Employees

Brent Stirewalt is our new campus controller. He comes to JWU from Compass Group where he was the field accounting supervisor for more than three years. Prior to that, he worked for the Institute for Professional Development as a regional director of accounting and director of FP&A. Brent has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting from UNC-Charlotte. He lives in Waxhaw, is married with three children and enjoys spending time with his family.

Mandy Hines is our new admissions rep. She will cover Eastern Carolina including Greenville, Fayetteville and Wilmington. You might know Mandy during her time with the NC Restaurant & Lodging Association where she was the director of hospitality education. She has been on campus numerous times during her work with ProStart. She also recently worked as a sales development and training manager for Inmar in Winston Salem, a consulting and digital software service in the promotional, health care and supply chain industries. Mandy has two children currently attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., who both graduate in May 2020.

Darin Spencer is a new instructor in the College of Business. He will teach Management and Human Resources? Darin comes to us from?

Gregory Taylor is a new adjunct instructor in the College of Business. He will teach Management 2030..? Gregory comes to us from ?

Mariko Dailey is our new part time librarian.

Bank of America Student Investment Summer Program

Kira Reaves

Kira Reaves

Kira Reaves, a baking & pastry student, is meeting with her mentor and talking about internship possibilities which is remarkable because classes haven’t even started yet. Kira and 14 other incoming students are spending five weeks of their summer getting a head start on their college career. “I know my way around campus, I know the professors and stuff, I know my way around Charlotte, like overall, and I got some of my classes out of the way, so that’s good,” Kira says.

US National Whitewater Center

US National Whitewater Center

This is the Bank of America Student Investment Summer Program created for incoming first-year students in order to prepare them for the rigors of college. The students live within 60 miles of the Queen City and meet one of three criteria: low income, first-generation or academically at risk. They live in the residence halls and have a full college experience. “This is an incredible opportunity for the students, their tuition is covered, their books their supplies,” Lauren Smalley, program coordinator, says. “They are eating in the residence halls and we even have a budget for activities for the students so we’ve been able to get them out into the community to several museums, to a baseball game, and out to the whitewater center which is a uniquely Charlotte experience and most of the students had never been there before and they had a wonderful time.”

Fernando Miranda at BoA

Fernando Miranda at BoA

Fernando Miranda lives in Gaffney, SC, about an hour from campus. The distance alone is enough to make a new student nervous. But it didn’t take long for Fernando to fit in with his summer program classmates. The highlight for him was a visit to the 60th floor of Bank of America headquarters for a luncheon and meet and greet with bank executives – an honor for the finance and accounting major. “They were the ones who funded,” Fernando says. “So this was a great opportunity to meet them and see how they were part of our journey and them letting us begin college.”

Andree Taylor, BoA

Andree Taylor, BoA

And beginning college also means a course in financial literacy. Andree Taylor, senior financial analyst, presented Better Money Habits, BoA’s financial education program for young adults. From the classroom where they were studying survey of math and algebra and one-on-one time with mentors and tutors to time in the labs where they got information about uniforms, knife kits and class expectations and field trips. This is a program for students with guidance from JWU student peer mentors. 

“It taught me a lot about myself,” Fanta Sokona ‘20 says. “I found out I like working with kids and helping them and directing them to the resources at the school.”

For Kira and Fernando, and the rest of their class, attending this Bank of America Student Investment Summer Program has been “investment” in their future. 


Wellness Symposium

Sarah Shahab, MD and Chef  Peter Reinhart

Sarah Shahab, MD and Chef
Peter Reinhart

Sarah Shahab, MD, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, bone marrow cancer, when she was 43-years-old. She was given three to six months to live. That was 10 years ago. “America is the cutting edge of medicine and no one could do anything. Plant medicine came to my rescue.”

That is why Dr. Shahab attended the first annual culinary wellness workshop: Farm to Fork, From Therapeutic to Lifestyle Culinary Solutions. The three-day wellness seminar was held at JWU (Aug 9-11) and hosted by Standard Process, a company dedicated to whole food nutrient solutions, located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. “As healthcare influencers, we address how to improve the state of health across America,” said John Troup, Ph.D., vice president of clinical science, education and innovation. “Cuilnary is at the intersection of nutrition science and making it practical - and realistic - to apply at home.”


Hands-on workshops with chef instructors Deet Gilbert, Susan Batten, Michael Calenda and Peter Reinhart included healthy cocktails and cocktail shrubs; different cuisines using flavor profiles adapted from the Mediterranean Food Pyramid; and ancient and whole grain breads.

Jerry Lanuzza, dean of culinary education, says, “Johnson & Wales University has a very strong culinary arts reputation around the world. However, we are also dedicated to Changing the Way the World Eats and have begun to partner with companies like Standard Process and other healthcare providers to educate people about the link between what ones eats (or doesn’t eat) and their health. We don’t look at chefs to be ambassadors of out of the home entertainment anymore. More and more they are becoming a vital link in the health and wellbeing of everyone.” 

Megan Hamrock, clinical coordinator, says nutrition if the first line of care before a prescription. “Prevention comes down to diet and nutrition.”

Dr. Shahab, who lives in Richmond, Va., says she is eating to beat cancer. “Even if you have to have chemo and radiation, nourish yourself with the right kind of food. Your body will heal better when its nourished. You will fare better. I have more energy now than the last 30 years of my life.”

JWU Olympiad 2019 - faculty/staff volunteers needed!

Fri - Sat, Sept 27-28
Times:  TBD 

 Volunteers are needed for the staff/faculty/alumni Olympiad team! This event is a great way to show our Wildcat pride, positively impact retention, and contribute to the overall student experience!

 If you would like to participate, email Chris Plano, or call ext. 1204.

 Even if you just want to cheer us on, we can use the support from the sidelines!