Election security is a complex issue — and as the 2020 election cycle revs up, a crucial one to understand from multiple angles. To help his students grasp the big picture, Assistant Professor Kevin DeJesus, Ph.D., invited Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea to speak to Political Science and Criminal Justice students about statewide efforts to ensure safe, confidential voting — particularly in the face of emerging cyber security threats.
Today’s world is full of conflict and demands for opinions. Whether it's 24-hour news cycles or pressures to pick a political side, almost no topic, however benign, seems to be off-limits for debate. Enter Justin Lee, author, vlogger and LGBTQ Christian advocate who aims to fight polarization and increase understanding. He addressed a packed Pepsi Forum as part of JWU Providence's Media & Politics Café series. His book, “Talking Across the Divide,” is a step-by-step guide for having difficult conversations with people on a variety of issues & whether it's politics, faith, or even a family squabble.
“Even though nutritional science is a traditional science of research, the currency of nutrition is food, and that’s where JWU is really changing things,” said Chef Todd Seyfarth ’01. He served as one of the two panel moderators for Eat Well, Play Well, the first installment of “Game Days: Advancing Innovation,” the ongoing seminar series presented by JWU, TD Garden and the Boston Bruins.
One hundred high school students and 20 educators from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire gathered at TD Garden’s Legends restaurant on October 2 to hear from panels made up of JWU alumni about the power of sports nutrition and dietetics.
Homecoming & Family Weekend is just around the corner, October 18-20. All faculty and staff are invited to join in the festivities or volunteer to help make this annual event even more memorable for students, families and alumni. This year’s events include the annual Wildcats on Parade, alumni tailgate, academic showcases and the spirit zone – and bring your family!
The connection between engineering design and occupational therapy might not seem obvious at first, but add a little coffee into the mix and things start to make sense. At least that’s what JWU faculty Amy Wagenfeld, Walter Zesk and Jonathan Harris were hoping for when they decided to have their classes meet over coffee for a unique collaboration focusing both on design and accessibility.
Each of JWU’s four campuses have been recognized among a number of noteworthy rankings, including five prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Rankings 2020. In addition, JWU North Miami ranked #4 in the nation for Environment — awarded to schools with the highest scores for diversity.
It is an exciting time for the Sports, Entertainment, Event — Management (SEEM) major and for the College of Hospitality Management. On September 17, the much-anticipated and beautifully appointed Delaware North SEEM Lab opened with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the beginning of a dynamic and innovative era for hospitality education at JWU.
JWU has unveiled more than 10 new undergraduate programs for the 2020-21 academic year. These programs are in a diverse range of fields — from biomedical engineering to adventure tourism, sustainable food systems to sport/event management — and are designed to meet the needs of today’s (and tomorrow’s) growing industries. All of them offer opportunities for collaboration, world travel and work experience with leading-edge companies. Please note: most of these programs are still being finalized and that some of this information might change by the time the 2020 academic year begins.
Providence’s Downcity and Harborside campuses came alive this past weekend as new and returning students moved into residence halls and participate in Welcome Week. This annual kick-off to the fall term is jam-packed with more than 20 events to welcome students back to campus.
Sunday evening saw the return of a new JWU tradition: Ignite the Night. Now in its second year, the event is an opportunity for the entire campus community and JWU alumni to welcome the class of 2023.
The Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour made its stop in Providence on Sunday, August 25, and Wildcat Willie was there to join in the fun. As the official education partner of TD Garden and the Boston Bruins, JWU was excited to have the Bruins just a few blocks away.
Wildcat Willie made the rounds to greet fans and reunited with his good friend, Blades the Bruin, which included chest bumps and even a dance battle.
SkillsUSA’s annual National Leadership & Skills Conference is one of the best ways for JWU students to test their technical, presentation and leadership skills on a national stage. The 2019 event brought more than 6,500 students from across the U.S. — all regional winners in their career fields — to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in more than 100 trade, industrial, STEM, health and leadership skill competition areas. This year, 14 JWU students competed or took part in leadership events. Of that group, 10 students competed — with seven of them placing in the top 10.
There’s more to an occupational therapist’s work than what can be found in hospital settings. The faculty of JWU’s Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program know this and are teaching their first cohort of students just how wide the world of occupational therapy can be. As part of an ongoing research initiative, Associate Professor Amy Wagenfeld brought her cohort of OTD students to the Center for Equine Studies to explore how occupational therapists can use horses as part of a robust therapy program.
A group of 15 students from JWU Providence, Regis College (Weston, Mass.) and Universidad de Congreso (Mendoza, Argentina) recently toured the Southside Community Land Trust’s City Farm as part of their research into food security and food access. Thanks to a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the students were at the midpoint of a 3-week collaborative study abroad program to explore issues of sustainable community wellness and nutrition in the Americas.
Some ad campaigns on social media take off with such force and speed that it is easy for some to miss the details behind the scenes. That’s where you’ll find Edzer Roukema ’15 — a Graphic Design JWU alum currently working as a digital designer at Ralph and Co., where he’s been the mastermind behind such popular projects as Netflix’s “Stranger Things” 80s movie theme poster campaign.
Imagine immersing yourself fully in another culture — to learn its history; explore its architecture, art, and beautifully preserved ruins; and even learn about your own chosen industry through its lens. A group of 27 JWU hospitality students recently did just that. The group split their week between the capital city of Athens and the historic island of Rhodes (or Ródos in Greek) to learn about international hospitality and tourism firsthand.
It is ironic that an event as deeply anticipated as Commencement seems to go by in a flash. JWU Providence’s 2019 ceremonies were no exception, and the day was filled with laughter, tears, joyous memories, and the high-wattage power of unlimited potential. Read blog.
In less than five weeks, the Johnson & Wales University community, under the leadership and direction of New Student Orientation & Support Programs (NSOSP), will transition and acclimate incoming JWU students and their families to the Wildcat community during JWU’s summer New Student Orientation.
The ADTEAM’s campaign for Wienerschnitzel, a hot dog restaurant chain, brought them to victory in the district round where they competed against five other colleges. It was followed by another win in the semifinals on May 8. Now, the team prepares for the national competition in Hollywood, Florida in early June. Read Blog.
Professors Christos Dimos and Donald Kaczmarczyk, along with four students, have completed the initial stage of an undergraduate research project on algae. Read Blog.
Self-reflection was a huge theme of Cindi Bigelow’s recent visit to JWU Providence as the inaugural speaker of the university’s Visiting Industry Professional (VIP) Speaker Series on May 2.