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3/5/19

170+ Companies Attending JWU’s Career Fair and Tips for Your Students

Faculty and staff are encouraged to send their students to the Harborside Campus next week for the university’s 43rd annual Career Expo and Summer Job & Internship Fair on March 14, 10am-2pm. More than 170 companies will be on campus speaking to students about employment and internship opportunities—over half of the companies attending are outside the food and beverage industry. Experiential Education & Career Services continues to see an increase in interest in JWU students by employers. In addition to the career fair, many companies are staying to participate in On Campus Recruitment (OCR) until Friday, March 15, and there are currently over 500 interview slots that are available to JWU students. 

To help your students get the most out of the career fair, Maureen Dumas, vice president, Experiential Education & Career Services, has some tips to share with your students:

Preparation and research: students should identify 5-8 employers who they want to meet with and review the university’s online job site for posted job descriptions and any current information about the company. At JWU, Ex Ed & Career Services works with employers to make sure they have all of their positions posted on the online job site, HIREJWU, prior to the career fair. If the student identifies a position of interest, they should apply prior to the career fair.

Visit the career services office: students should meet with a career advisor prior to the career fair. The career services team knows the employers and can provide valuable insider information.

Bring the right the tools: students should make sure they have everything they need to be successful: a well-crafted elevator pitch, an up-to-date resume, business cards, and a pad folio for notes.

Show confidence: follow the advice of Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist, who has researched the influence our own body language has on our perception of ourselves. Before entering the fair, and especially before an interview, or any stress-provoking activity, take a “power stance.” This simple act can instill confidence to the individual. Remember, all of these employers are here for one reason, to hire JWU students.

To help keep employers coming back year after year, it is essential that they see both the quantity and quality of the student body here at JWU Providence. All are welcome.

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Alternative Spring Break 2019

During JWU’s annual Alternative Spring Break (Feb. 22-24) a group of 7 Wildcats - representing Student Government Association, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and National Student Organizations - volunteered at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center in northern Rhode Island, helping camp staff with two bathroom demolitions, and numerous painting, cleaning, and organization projects over the course of the weekend. This year’s theme was Explore Local, Think Global. ASB is sponsored by Student Involvement & Leadership and the BRIDGE.

Aldersgate Camps & Retreat Center aims to provide a sacred space, empowering all in faith and friendship to change the world through inclusive social justice frameworks. Each summer, the camp hosts about 300 individual campers in both overnight and day camp programs and provides special funds or “campership” programs for campers who cannot afford the cost of camp, but would benefit from the experience, as well as a specific program for children of immigrants and refugees. During the summer they work with a number of organizations that provide a camping experience for campers who otherwise might not have the opportunity to attend camps, including:

  • Camp Hope: For childhood cancer survivors and their siblings

  • Forever Siblings: Run by Adoption Rhode Island, designed to provide a camp experience for campers split up by the foster care system

  • Camp Mauchatea: For children with visual impairments

  • Camp Celiac: For children with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance

Pictured, left-right: Tynita Clouden, Loay Alshehri, Hannah Farr, Samantha Sobbell, Colin DeVico, Mohammad Ali, and TsheWang Sherpa.

Attend the Investiture Ceremony of Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D.

The JWU community is invited to the Investiture Ceremony of Mim L. Runey, LP.D., as the third chancellor of Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 2pm at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

The ceremony, which is traditionally held during the first year following the appointment to the position, is an opportunity for the JWU community and invited guests to come together to celebrate Johnson & Wales’ history and future.

All RSVP’s must be received by March 8. Please do so by email to events@jwu.edu. If you are not able to attend, you can watch the ceremony livestreamed on the Investiture Ceremony webpage.

JWU Students Seek Solutions to Latin American Food Scarcity

Recently, JWU became one of nine international university partner teams to receive a grant through the "100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund" grant competition. The competition is coordinated by the U.S. Department of State, US Embassies, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. JWU students from multi-academic programs will join peers from the Universidad de Congreso (Mendoza, Argentina) and Regis College (Weston, Mass), along with respective faculty and study abroad administrators, to explore sustainable community wellness and nutrition in the Americas.