Providence Campus Facilities Summer Update

  • Marketplace is moving to the old Clocktower Lounge in Snowden – to open for the start of school, fall 2019 (pictured)

  • Statler will soon be the new SEEM Lab for the College of Hospitality Management – to open for the start of school, fall 2019

  • The Yena Center’s first-floor main corridor and bathroom renovation – to be complete for the opening of school, fall 2019

  • Updates to residence halls including HVAC replacement in Harbor View; new showers in McNulty; renovations on top floors of Renaissance for apartment style housing; bathroom renovations on first-floor of South Hall

  • New Providence Police Substation on the Harborside Campus – work to be completed in August

  • The former City Burger space is being renovated into JWU’s new E-Games team space – to open for the start of school, fall 2019

  • Health Services at the Harborside Campus relocated from the Wildcat Center to HAC (entrance facing CCCE)

  • The Center for Media Production, located on the first-floor of the TACO Center, is complete and open for the start of school, fall 2019

Chef Rizwan Ahmed Headlines “Vine to Table” Event at Local Vineyard

Members of the JWU community participated in the Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery’s “Vine to Table” experience on Saturday, July 27. Chef Rizwan Ahmed, instructor, College of Culinary Arts, prepared the gourmet four-course dinner made from all locally sourced ingredients. The menu’s theme was “foodie adventure” with fresh local seafood, local vegetables, and farm raised sustainable meats, including a whole lamb rotisserie. Chef Ahmed is also the owner of Rhode Rage food truck.

Joining Chef Ahmed were JWU chefs Rob Lucier, associate instructor, and Ray McCue, associate professor, and JWU staff member Cindy Coates, online student services associate, along with a number of JWU students to assist with the evening event.

Before dinner, several stations were set up with locally sourced meats, cheese and produce. In addition, guests were able to meet and visit with local farmers, and engage in a discussion about the vineyard with its owner.

Faculty Accomplishment – College of Arts & Sciences

Estelle Lebeau, Ph.D., associate professor of science, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, has been named to the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education Examinations Institute committee to develop the next General Chemistry (full year) exam, due to be released in 2021. The ACS Examinations Institute is unique in that it produces national exams for most chemistry courses, ranging from high school through the entire undergraduate chemistry curriculum in the United States.

Committees of educators who teach the courses, for which the exams are intended, create all ACS exams. The value of assessment materials to the chemical education community is a direct result of volunteer efforts by chemistry educators from throughout the United States. The exams produced by the Institute can rightfully be called standardized exams for course content and concept expectations for a given chemistry curriculum.

Lebeau was recognized by the American Chemical Society in 2015 for her Outstanding Achievement in College Chemistry Teaching. In 2003, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Science & Technology at Central Michigan University. Lebeau has been a member of the JWU faculty since 2016, and in 2018 she was nominated for the Society of College Science Teachers Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award, as well as the National Science Teachers Association’s Distinguished College Teacher Award.

Hospitality Management Faculty Member to Ride for Cancer Research

College of Hospitality Management
Robert Wahl, associate professor, will be participating in a bike ride from New York City to Niagara Falls, covering 540 miles over the course of seven days, at the end of July. This ride will help raise funds for cancer research.

Wahl, a long time biker and North Kingstown, Rhode Island resident, was featured in an article printed in The Standard Times. In it, he says, “I do this because I feel if everyone can just do a small part, we can continue the research that has helped closed to 17 million cancer survivors in the United States alone. Because of these small efforts, this number continues to grow annually.” Read more.

Faculty News: College of Arts & Sciences

Kevin M. DeJesus, Ph.D., assistant professor, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, participated in the International Studies Association/ Central & Eastern European International Studies Association joint conference themed, "International Relations in the Age of Anxiety," held in Belgrade, Serbia. University of Belgrade Political Science faculty hosted this conference. DeJesus served as a discussant for two panels: "Anxiety of Energy Insecurity" and "China and the Global Political Economy.”