Book Club: Encouraging Metacognition

Book Club: Encouraging Metacognition

Join for session 1 of the Encouraging Metacognition book club. We’ll read a chosen section of the book between each meeting and get together during lunch time to discuss what we read, how we connect or experience this information, and where it can be woven into our work on the JWU Denver campus.

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New Module: Curating Resources for Education

New Module: Curating Resources for Education

There is a new self-paced module in the Faculty Center uLearn Org related to Open Educational and Free-To-student Resources.

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JWU Denver wins NCAA Special Olympics Spotlight Poll


Johnson & Wales University is thrilled to announce the Wildcats have won the August NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll.

The NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll is a story-telling initiative located on ncaa.org/D3SpecialOlympics. It features three new stories per month – each highlighting a Division III and Special Olympics joint activity or event.

JWU Denver was recognized for a story highlighting its United Basketball game hosted in conjunction with Special Olympics Colorado last February.

The contest saw JWU student-athletes team up with athletes from Special Olympics Colorado for a basketball game in the Wildcat Center. The two teams battled through two 10-minute halves with three JWU athletes partnered with a pair of Special Olympic athletes on the court at a time with Wildcat men's basketball players serving as officials.

Following a halftime free throw contest by the participants JWU Denver SAAC President Bryce Moore presented Ben Wrubel, Unified Champion Schools Sports Manager for Special Olympics Colorado, with a check from JWU and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference's 'Change for the Better' campaign. During a pair of basketball doubleheaders in early February, SAAC members collected change from the crowd, resulting in $376.67 being donated to Special Olympics Colorado.

JWU Denver was one of three finalists in the August Spotlight Poll and received 90 percent of the votes. The Wildcats will be awarded $500 for its next Special Olympics event for winning the August Spotlight.

Michael Smoose named Interim Director of Athletics


Michael Smoose, Associate Athletics Director for the Johnson & Wales University Providence campus, will serve as the Interim Director of Athletics for the JWU Denver campus, Dean of Students Dr. Scott Lyons announced Tuesday.

Smoose has more than two decades of experience in collegiate athletics administration, including the past four years as Associate Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director at JWU Providence.

Smoose will serve as the interim AD in Denver while the university completes the search for a full-time athletic director this fall. He will begin his new role immediately, assisting Dr. Lyons in creating a long-team growth plan for the department as the Wildcats continue their NCAA Division III provisional membership process.

In his role in Providence, Smoose oversees athletics communications, game operations, facilities, club sports, campus recreation and intramurals as well as sport oversight. The Brookville, Pa., native also oversaw the redesign of the athletic department's website while also revamping the Wildcats' social media platforms. Smoose has helped Johnson & Wales athletics receive increased local, regional and national coverage, including two spots on ESPN's Top 10 plays. In 2018, JWU won the NACMA "Best of" Award in the Fan Engagement category.

Prior to joining Johnson & Wales, Smoose served as Assistant Director of External Relations at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga. He oversaw the department's marketing and promotions plan as well as corporate sponsorship and the Pirate Athletic Association. Under his direction, corporate sponsorship revenue doubled and PAA membership rose by 75 percent.

Smoose spent 11 years in sports information with stints at Ohio University, Fresno State University, Northern Illinois University and Florida State University. While at Florida State he publicized the Seminoles' nationally ranked women's basketball and track and field teams while serving as a secondary contact for football and men's basketball.

Smoose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sports industry from Ohio University. He received his Master of Business Administration degree at Florida State. He is married to Melissa Batie-Smoose, the associate head volleyball coach at Fairfield University. The couple has one daughter, Madison.

Josh Stewart takes over Wildcat cross country & track programs


Johnson & Wales University has announced the hiring of Josh Stewart as the Wildcats' interim head coach for cross country and track and field.

Stewart takes over for Chris Sandefur after Sandefur recently became an assistant at Maryville University.

"I can't wait to get started and continue building on our success from last year," Stewart said. "I think it will be great for our student-athletes to have a familiar face leading these programs."

Stewart joined the JWU Denver cross country and track & field teams as a volunteer assistant at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Stewart helped the Wildcat men's cross country team finish third at its first SCAC Championship meet in the fall of 2018. In the spring of 2019, he helped John Jacob earn all-conference honors with a runner-up finish in the 10,000-meter run at the SCAC Track and Field Championships.

A USATF Level 1 Certified coach and official, Stewart earned his bachelor's and master's degrees, both with honors, at Liberty University in Virginia.  He has coached at several high schools in the Virginia and Colorado areas, most recently at Northfield High School, and has had several runners earn state-wide recognition.

He is also still active in the sport and has recently posted performances of 33:05 in the 10K and 1:12.37 in the half marathon.

Robin Scheimer hired as head athletic trainer


Johnson & Wales University is proud to announce the addition of Robin Scheimer as the Wildcats' new head athletic trainer.

A native of Pittsburgh, Scheimer brings seven years of athletic training experience to JWU Denver. Most recently she was the Director of Sports Medicine at Allegheny College, an NCAA Division III member in Meadville, PA.

In her role with the Gators, Robin oversaw and coordinated medical coverage and injury rehabilitation for the college's 21 varsity sports. She also managed two staff athletic trainers, was a member of the athletics administration team and established Allegheny's first weekly on-campus team physician clinic.

Scheimer's contributions to the Gators went far beyond her day-to-day responsibilities and included her aid in securing two additional sports to the varsity athletics program, adding a third assistant athletic trainer on staff and designing the expansion of the stadium athletic training room.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, with a master's of science in athletic training from Ohio University in 2013, Scheimer was also the NCAA Athletics Healthcare Administrator for Allegheny.

Scheimer came to Allegheny after spending four years as the assistant athletic trainer Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.  While at Kenyon, Scheimer was the primary athletic trainer for men's soccer, baseball, men's basketball, field hockey, swimming and diving, tennis, and cross country.  In addition to her role with her assigned sports, Scheimer was also responsible for a number of administrative duties, including serving as the primary liaison with the team' physician, nurse practitioners, and school's health center, coordinating all off-campus medical appointments and testing, assisting with medical and rehabilitation services for the school's non-athlete population, maintaining all medical record documentation, and assisting with external healthcare coverage for the school's club teams.

A certified BLS, CPR, AED, and First Aid instructor, Scheimer also was a professor of Sports Medicine and Wellness at Kenyon, as well as an assistant professor for Anatomy and Physiology.

Scheimer spent the 2012-13 academic year as the head athletic trainer at Meigs High School in Pomeroy, OH.  At Meigs, she was the lone athletic trainer responsible for coverage of 22 varsity teams, and performed all administrative duties.  During her time at Meigs, she also worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Ohio University, assisting with varsity and club athletic coverage, while also serving as a teaching assistant for the school's Introduction to Athletic Training class.

Robin currently resides in Denver with her husband Andy.