Spring into Wellness with the Wellness Corner

The Wellness Corner is a new, ongoing feature on HRpulse, which will spotlight wellness-related topics seasonally throughout the year, from mental health to financial fitness and everything in between.

You will find tips, resources and upcoming events on a variety of topics aimed toward overall wellness and well-being. Because all of us here at JWU are so much more than just our “work selves” (we’re multi-faceted individuals), the topics you'll see featured in the Wellness Corner are meant to engage and remind us to take care of all our “facets,” which can lead to happier, healthier and more productive lives both inside and outside of JWU.

Find out what’s currently “in season” in the Wellness Corner by logging in to HRpulse.

Breaking Ground at JWU: 5 Questions With…Lynn Borrelli, Facilities Management

Lynn Borrelli is breaking ground at JWU as the first and only female groundskeeper on the campus’ 11-person Grounds team within Facilities Management. She has been with JWU for a little over five years and is a native Rhode Islander having grown up in Smithfield and currently residing in North Providence.

This Week at JWU asked Norm Scherza, grounds crew supervisor, about Lynn. “She was a great hire with high energy and very detailed. She is capable of handling any piece of equipment from skid steers and tractors and Zero turns to snowplows. There are no exemptions from anything the rest of the crew does.” In three words, Norm described Lynn as, “honest, confident and dependable.”

1. What new hobby would you pursue if you had more time?
I try to do most things that I wish too. My favorite hobbies include hiking and exploring new places. If I had more time, I would love to travel across the country and see the national parks, especially the Grand Canyon and Utah. I have visited Utah once before, and it was an amazing experience. Also on my bucket list is to hike the Appalachian Trail that goes from Georgia to Maine.

Learn more about Lynn in her “5 Questions With…” interview.

History Lesson: St. Xavier Academy

Did you know that JWU's Xavier Academic Center, located on the Downcity Campus, was originally the home of St. Xavier Academy, a boarding school and day school for girls that was opened in 1851 by the Sisters of Mercy? By 1984, the property and grounds were available for purchase and JWU, in need of more academic space and student housing to accommodate its growth, made the purchase.

Now, the university's colleges of Business and Hospitality Management are housed there, along with classrooms, faculty offices, active-learning spaces where we train students for their chosen professions such as our AdLab and Bistro 61, the Xavier residence hall, and the BRIDGE.

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is the largest single congregation of women religious in the US. On June 10, the Northeast Community of the Sisters of Mercy returned to JWU’s campus for a celebration of their 175th anniversary.

In Schneider Auditorium, originally added to the site in 1929, Providence Campus President Marie Bernardo-Sousa welcomed the celebrants, some of whom graduated from the Academy in the 1940s. She noted that the location holds a special place in both the university's heart and that of the Sisters of Mercy.

Seventh Annual Athletics Golf & Tennis Classic

JWU Athletics is hosting its annual Golf & Tennis Classic on Monday, Aug 12, at Agawam Hunt Club in Rumford, RI. Golf registration opens at 8am; tennis registration opens at 10:30am. Lunch and awards are scheduled for 2pm.

Participation helps to ensure that Athletics will continue to be a robust part of the student experience on the Providence Campus. Help provide the support that our 500 student-athletes so richly deserve, and continue the legacy of an exceptional educational experience at JWU.

Learn more about sponsorship and play opportunities. Direct your questions to Lou Parente at 401-598-1637.