5 Questions With…Orville Forbes ’82, Campus Dining


Described as a hard worker who is always willing to pitch in where needed, Orville Forbes ’82, a delivery driver for Campus Dining, truly embodies the Wildcat Way. Helping the JWU community and the greater community at large is his number one priority. Orville is a high-ranking member of the Masons and is a dedicated member of his church. Family is also very important to him, especially his daughter Tori.

Orville celebrated 35 years of service to the university this year. In addition to Campus Dining, he has also worked in student activities and vending services. Colleagues in Auxiliary Services have never heard Orville complain. “He is kind, strong and reliable,” they say. “He is without question a team player, but every year on his birthday, he takes the day off.” Orville also served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 28 years, and as he would add, “one month and 17 days.” Thank you for your service, Orville.

1. What is your dream vacation? To travel to Egypt and the Holy Land.

2. What’s your favorite place to dine in Rhode Island? Hemmingway’s in Providence and The Red Parrot in Newport.

3. If you could learn another language, what would you choose? French

4. What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of—personally and/or professionally? Raising my daughter Tori and making the rank of First Sergeant. I served in the Army Reserve from October 1978 till December 2006. I made the Grade of E-8 in 2002 and earned the rank of First Sergeant in 2003 after completing First Sergeant Academy.

5. What’s your favorite thing about JWU? The people—staff and students.