Inaugural Expo Draws More than 150 Attendees

The Transformative Approaches Expo, held on April 5, brought together more than 150 individuals for a morning of inspiration and collaboration. The planning committee would like to thank everyone for attending, as well as a special thank you to the presenters, student volunteers, and clubs, as well as Design Services, University Marketing, Special Events, Athletics, Academic Computer Services, Student Involvement & Leadership, Facilities Management, Communications & Media Relations, and the JWU Bookstore for their invaluable contributions.

Congratulations to the expo’s two raffle winners: Curtis Chin and Miriam FitzelleJones, both of Student Academic & Financial Services.

The Transformative Approaches Expo committee looks forward to hosting this event again during the 2019-20 academic year. If you are interested in presenting at next year's expo, please contact the committee at transformativeapproaches@jwu.edu. The team looks forward to continuing their work with the campus community to help bring the Campus 2022 initiative to life.

Committee members: Academic Success Center, Health Education, Off-Campus Student Services, Human Resources & Payroll, Student Academic & Financial Services, Library, Student Development, and JWU Global.

Faculty Spotlight: Steve Poplaski, Ph.D., College of Business

As part of JWU’s MBA faculty housed in a corridor affectionately dubbed, “Wall Street,” Steve Poplaski, Ph.D., CPA, CFP, AICPA, assistant professor, established the Certified Financial Planner Practitioner (CFP) Board Registered Program within the M.S. Finance degree, one of only three such programs in Rhode Island and one of 350 programs recognized nationally. He also serves as JWU’s CFP Board Registered program coordinator for its online offerings and previously for its on-ground courses. Unfortunately, due to low enrollment, the on-ground program was eliminated, an event which in itself, required countless hours of advising current students and guiding potential students.

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Faculty News – College of Business

Michelle Rego, Ph.D., professor, Marketing, presented a paper entitled "Creating purpose in advertising: a meta-analysis of gender effects and attitudes toward cause-related campaigns," at the 110th annual Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention held this week in Providence. ECA is a professional organization of scholars, teachers, and students of Communication Studies.

Faculty News – College of Hospitality Management

At the invitation of both National Restaurant Association President and Chief Executive Officer Dawn Sweeney and Rhode Island Hospitality Association (RIHA) President Dale Venturini, Michael Sabitoni, department chair and associate professor, College of Hospitality Management, joined the Rhode Island delegation at the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C.

As the restaurant industry's most important grassroots lobbying event, the conference, held in March, was an opportunity for business experts and leaders to visit congressional offices and educate lawmakers about the top public policy issues affecting the restaurant industry. Sabitoni and the RI delegation concentrated on tip wage, immigration, and equipment depreciation.

Photo left to right: Bahjat Shariff, Panera Bread; Kenneth Cusson, Newport Harbor Corp.; Anthony Bio, Inn at Castle Hill; Antonio Fonseca, Packaging & More; U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI); Michael Sabitoni; Dale Venturini; Sarah Bratko, Esq., RIHA; Burnell Goldman, Omni Providence; William Kitsils, Angelo's Palace Pizza.

Sustainability Week

This month, the JWU Energy Conservation Office (ECO) will be sponsoring their annual Sustainability Week packed with activities for faculty, staff and students, including the Surplus Store Sale on April 12 and the 5th annual Sustainability Resource Fair on April 17. This is just one of the many efforts JWU ECO has made to help educate the JWU community about how to be more environmentally conscious.