Wildcats Place 123 Student-Athletes on GNAC Academic All-Conference Team

A successful competitive year was matched academically by JWU Athletics. The Wildcats placed 123 student-athletes on the GNAC Academic All-Conference team announced on June 14. In order to be eligible for the league's academic all-conference squad, a student must have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and have reached second-year academic status.

The 123 recipients are the most Johnson & Wales has produced – also the highest by a GNAC school since 2013-14 - and was tops in the league. In 2015-16, the Wildcats had 103 representatives.

For the second year in a row, the softball team led the way with 14 academic all-conference members. Men's lacrosse was next with 12 and women's volleyball produced 10 selections.

College of Arts & Sciences – Noteworthy

Kevin DeJesus, PhD, assistant professor in the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, was recognized as a “Leader As Host” by Mike Ritz, executive director of Leadership Rhode Island, during a recent visit to his class. Ritz also spoke with his students about qualities that make a good leader and opportunities available for them through College Leadership Rhode Island. Learn more about the coin DeJesus received and about this program.

College of Hospitality Management – Noteworthy

Matt Samel, PhD, CHE, FMP, professor in the College of Hospitality Management, reveled with a stellar academic year. The May/June issue of Club Management magazine, the official publication of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), profiled him (see page 15: Lessons Learned).

As a faculty advisor to the JWU CMAA Student Chapter, he was proud to see them recognized at the 91st World Conference on Club Management in San Francisco (see page 11: Student chapter award winners).

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