JWU: Official Education Partner of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden

With the start of the 2018 season, Johnson & Wales University’s colors of blue and gold will light up the TD Garden during Boston Bruins and Celtics home games. The massive LED board positioned high above the arena that shares the game’s action with the thousands of roaring fans will prominently showcase JWU as the Official Education Partner of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden. This five-year partnership, which is being publicly announced on October 10, includes experiential education opportunities for current JWU students.

Softball and Women’s Lacrosse Lending a Hand in the Community

In addition to succeeding in the classroom and on the field, Johnson & Wales University Athletics has always been good stewards of the community. Over the next two weekends, the JWU softball and women's lacrosse teams will hold events to benefit a pair of local organizations.

Continuing the strong relationship the athletics department has developed with the Tomorrow Fund, the softball team will hold their annual Swinging for Tomorrow Home Run Derby on Saturday, October 13, from 10am-noon at the JWU softball field on the Harborside Campus.

Each contestant will get 10 swings for $5 dollars and accumulate points for every swing (even if it is not a home run). To sign up for a time slot in advance, email JWU student athlete Brenna DuPerry. Anyone who can't participate but wants to donate can do so online. The team wants to match the $1,000 it raised last year.

On October 20, the women's lacrosse team will host its fall play date with Bridgewater State, Curry, UMass Dartmouth and Regis. That day, the Wildcats are also hosting a Thanksgiving can drive to benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank.

The team is accepting all non-perishable goods, which can be brought to the field on October 20 or beforehand to Head Coach Jessica Scannapieco's office in the Wildcat Center.

Staff News – College of Online Education

Cindy Parker, Ed.D., dean of the College of Online Education, was appointed as a member of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Regional Steering Committee representing the State of Rhode Island. The appointment was effective October 1, 2018 and is a three-year term.

The Regional Steering Committee evaluates and determines whether states that apply to participate demonstrate adequate capacity and sufficient standards for authorization and oversight of institutions under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). The committee is made up of seven members, with at least one from each New England state. 

Contributing to the Nation’s Health

National Physician Assistant (PA) Week, celebrated annually from October 6-12, recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. PAs are medical professionals who can diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.

Johnson & Wales University has graduated three classes since its opening in 2014. The program’s fourth class of students is currently on their clinical rotations throughout Rhode Island, and the fifth class of students is busy in the classroom learning all aspects of patient care.

Do you know why National PA Week is celebrated from October 6-12 every year? Before it was a weeklong event, National PA Day was celebrated on October 6, 1987, in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs from Duke University. October 6 is also the birthday of the profession’s founder, Eugene A. Stead Jr., M.D.