Wildcat Welcome 2019 Schedule

Faculty and staff, along with their guests, are invited to attend many of the events scheduled throughout Wildcat Welcome, September 7-16, 2019. View full schedule.

Here are some highlights:

  • Sept 8 – Paw Print Meet & Greet, 2-4pm, Gaebe Commons

  • Sept 8 – Ignite the Night, 8pm, Gaebe Commons

  • Sept 10 – Meet the University Involvement Board, 2-5pm, Gaebe Commons

  • Sept 12 – Food Truck and Outdoor Movie Night, Harborside Campus

    • Food trucks arrive for 7pm

    • Movie: Aladdin (live action version) starts at 8pm

  • Sept 13 – Involvement Fest, 2-4pm, Gaebe Commons

  • Sept 14 – JWU Zoo Takeover at Roger Williams Zoo, 5-9pm

  • Sept 15 – Battle of the Bands, 5-7pm, Wildcat Center Lounge

  • Sept 16 – Meet the Greeks, 4-7pm, Gaebe Commons

Important Updates from Off-Campus Student Services

Off-Campus Student Services is a dedicated resource for JWU commuters and off-campus students. Helping commuters feel connected and stay connected to the university is an important function of the department. Equally important, is ensuring that students who live or are considering living off-campus are informed, supported and connected with the resources essential for a positive off-campus experience.

These two significant areas of focus were the driving force behind the redesign of the commuter website. It highlights commuter life at JWU while providing resources and information that are pertinent to new, current and prospective commuters.

In the past, students were advised to begin their off-campus housing search using an online database called Jump Off Campus found on the Services page on jwuLink. Unfortunately, not all landlords and/or property owners utilize this site to post their rental property, which placed limitations on a student’s search. In an effort to provide students with options that are easily accessible, please direct students to the commuter website

where they will find a short list of popular off-campus rental sites. Check out the resources available, and direct students who are looking for off-campus housing and/or roommates to this page to aid in their search.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Riccitelli, director of off-campus student services, at 401-598-2455.

Faculty Accomplishment – College of Arts & Sciences

Estelle Lebeau, Ph.D., associate professor of science, John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, has been named to the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Education Examinations Institute committee to develop the next General Chemistry (full year) exam, due to be released in 2021. The ACS Examinations Institute is unique in that it produces national exams for most chemistry courses, ranging from high school through the entire undergraduate chemistry curriculum in the United States.

Committees of educators who teach the courses, for which the exams are intended, create all ACS exams. The value of assessment materials to the chemical education community is a direct result of volunteer efforts by chemistry educators from throughout the United States. The exams produced by the Institute can rightfully be called standardized exams for course content and concept expectations for a given chemistry curriculum.

Lebeau was recognized by the American Chemical Society in 2015 for her Outstanding Achievement in College Chemistry Teaching. In 2003, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Science & Technology at Central Michigan University. Lebeau has been a member of the JWU faculty since 2016, and in 2018 she was nominated for the Society of College Science Teachers Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teaching Award, as well as the National Science Teachers Association’s Distinguished College Teacher Award.

Lonnie Morris to be Inducted into NWCA Hall of Fame

In the fall of 1997, first-year head coach Lonnie Morris was just getting the Johnson & Wales University wrestling program off the ground. Next month, he will receive the sport’s highest honor when he is inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on August 3, 2019, at the NWCA Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joining Morris in the class of 2019 inductees are two former JWU student-athletes – John Gemmel (Ithaca College) and Tim Jacoutot (The College of New Jersey).

Twice, including this year, Morris has been named NWCA National Coach of the Year and he has been named regional coach of the year seven times. During his tenure, JWU has produced 34 regional champions and 28 All-Americans. In 2018, Jay Albis became the Wildcats’ first national champion when he claimed the title at 125 pounds. He repeated that feat in 2019. This season also saw JWU record its best showing at the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish.

A native Rhode Islander, giving back is also very important to Morris. He and his team are very active in the community service field with over 200 hours spent helping Beat the Streets Providence and conducting many clinics at clubs and high schools throughout the northeast. Read full announcement.

JWU Named 2019 GNAC ATC Staff of the Year

Athletic trainers play a pivotal role in not only getting student-athletes back on the field, but also with preventative measures that help the 23 Johnson & Wales University varsity teams perform at their peak. The JWU staff was recognized by its peers for its hard work and dedication with the 2019 GNAC Athletic Training Staff of the Year award as announced by conference commissioner Joe Walsh.

The award is voted on by the athletic trainers at the 13 core GNAC institutions. This was the inaugural Staff of the Year Award. Director of Sports Medicine Alan Segee won the Athletic Trainer of the Year award in 2009. Segee shares the award with athletic trainers Jillian Withington, Brett Mastropoll and Tim O'Brien.

Segee has been with the Wildcats since 1999 after a two-year stint at Providence College. A 1993 Rhode Island College graduate, he works with the JWU volleyball and basketball programs as well as baseball and club sports. Segee received his master's degree from Cleveland State in 1995. Read full announcement.