Students/Alumni News

Carolina Meat Conference

National farm-to-plate local meat conference
October 6 - 7
Marriott Charlotte City Center

Chef Craig Deihl ‘98 (Charleston Campus), Chef de Cuisine at Hello, Sailor, will present a session to 15 JWU students on Oct 7.

Track Description: Sourcing local meats can be difficult. Every part of the animal must get utilized to its fullest potential to maximize the return on investment for restaurants, especially given the tight margins within the food industry. In this special session Chef Deihl will guide students through hands on instruction in how to turn often discarded parts of a pig into high margin menu items. Students can expect an intimate class setting with adequate hands-on time to fabricate trotters, jowls, and lesser known items into high value products.

  • More than 400 local meat farmers, James Beard award-winning chefs, butchers, and allied local meat makers and entrepreneurs

  • 25+ local meat sessions ranging from butchery, whole animal utilization, showmanship in meat, charcuterie, etc.

  • 60+ nationally recognized speakers

Hunger Banquet

JWU Cares
Tuesday, Oct 15
7-8 p.m.

An interactive student-driven event that will demonstrate the difference between the haves and have-nots. Hunger and homelessness occur in every community across the United States and Charlotte is no exception. This program will provide experiential insight into the daily struggles for millions of Americans who struggle with providing nutritious meals for themselves and their families.Hosted by Student Affairs. Presented by Residential Life and Student Involvement & Leadership.

An interactive student-driven event that will demonstrate the difference between and have-nots. For example, you will see some students eating a four-course meal, while others are sitting on the floor. Hosted by Student Affairs.

Meet Two Volleyball Stars

Toniya was named 2018 USCAA 2nd Team All-American, and was also selected as the Most Valuable Player during the USCAA National Championships last year. She became the second Wildcat in school history to score 1,000 career points earlier this season. She already owns the school record for career blocks.

Teyana is a four year member of the volleyball team. She has appeared in 20 matches to this point in her Wildcat career. Her best volleyball to date came last year at the National Championships, appearing in all four matches. She recorded
five service aces and seven digs in JWU’s four wins.


Vegas Bound for the IBIE

In high school Amber Melsopp ’20 says she was interested in chemistry. She was excited to learn that she would enroll in the brand new Food Science, Innovation & Technology program, with state of the art science labs. “My uncle has Type 2 diabetes and a cousin with celiac disease. I have family who are messed up in the food-eating business.”

That’s why she was eager to accept her professor’s advice to apply for a mentorship program during the IBIE (International Baking Industry Exposition) 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She earned an associate degree in baking & pastry and is on her way toward a bachelor’s degree. “It’s a free trip and it’s about things I’m very interested in, so why not? My dream is to create a product that is delicious and nutritious for people who can’t eat a lot of foods, like some of my relatives. I want to make it so they can eat what they want. I am looking forward to seeing the new technology in our field, meeting the baking & pastry food scientists, and the idea makers.”

Robert Lothrop, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Hospitality Management and Amber’s conference academic advisor, says, this is a special opportunity for his students. “She will be exposed to experienced food technologists, product developers and others in the industry. This opportunity also pairs her with a mentor in a leadership position within the commercial baking industry.”

Student Communications 101

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Bank of America Student Investment Summer Program

Kira Reaves, a baking & pastry student, was meeting with her mentor and talking about internship possibilities which was remarkable because classes have not started yet. Kira and 14 other incoming students spent 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. Read more here

Meet Our Three Senior Women’s Soccer Players

Nya Hill ‘20 is from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Food Service Management senior. Nya has started every game of her career at JWU and has been a key defender for the team.

Lana Truese is from Herndon, Va. She is a Sports Entertainment Event Management senior. Lana is a two-time USCAA All-American and two-time USCAA All-Academic team member.

Jaedan Smith ‘20 is from Monroe, N.C. She is a Food Service Management senior. Jaedan is also a two-time USCAA All-Academic team selection and earned her first USCAA All-American selection last season.

Club Conference

Friday, Sept 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! 

Constitution Week

Constitution Week is the commemoration of America's most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept 17-23. The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights. Look for Constitution facts on signs, reading of the constitution, and cake!