Providence Campus Facilities Summer Update

  • Marketplace is moving to the old Clocktower Lounge in Snowden – to open for the start of school, fall 2019 (pictured)

  • Statler will soon be the new SEEM Lab for the College of Hospitality Management – to open for the start of school, fall 2019

  • The Yena Center’s first-floor main corridor and bathroom renovation – to be complete for the opening of school, fall 2019

  • Updates to residence halls including HVAC replacement in Harbor View; new showers in McNulty; renovations on top floors of Renaissance for apartment style housing; bathroom renovations on first-floor of South Hall

  • New Providence Police Substation on the Harborside Campus – work to be completed in August

  • The former City Burger space is being renovated into JWU’s new E-Games team space – to open for the start of school, fall 2019

  • Health Services at the Harborside Campus relocated from the Wildcat Center to HAC (entrance facing CCCE)

  • The Center for Media Production, located on the first-floor of the TACO Center, is complete and open for the start of school, fall 2019

Chef Rizwan Ahmed Headlines “Vine to Table” Event at Local Vineyard

Members of the JWU community participated in the Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery’s “Vine to Table” experience on Saturday, July 27. Chef Rizwan Ahmed, instructor, College of Culinary Arts, prepared the gourmet four-course dinner made from all locally sourced ingredients. The menu’s theme was “foodie adventure” with fresh local seafood, local vegetables, and farm raised sustainable meats, including a whole lamb rotisserie. Chef Ahmed is also the owner of Rhode Rage food truck.

Joining Chef Ahmed were JWU chefs Rob Lucier, associate instructor, and Ray McCue, associate professor, and JWU staff member Cindy Coates, online student services associate, along with a number of JWU students to assist with the evening event.

Before dinner, several stations were set up with locally sourced meats, cheese and produce. In addition, guests were able to meet and visit with local farmers, and engage in a discussion about the vineyard with its owner.


Sign-up to Volunteer for GOT QUESTIONS by August 25

New Student Orientation & Support Programs is seeking volunteers for their GOT QUESTIONS initiative. This campaign requires many faculty and staff located strategically on both campuses to welcome incoming students during the first week of classes.

Volunteers get a free button and t-shirt to wear during the program. These items will help identify you as someone who can provide student support like directions to a class or building. Volunteers can sign up for as many shifts as desired, but please do not submit all of your available time slots – only select the shifts you wish to commit to.

Deadline to sign up is August 25. Sign up today.

For questions, contact Debbie Becker, assistant director of New Student Orientation & Support Programs, at 598-2648.

JWU, FIX and URI Join Forces to Unlock Maple’s Untapped Potential, Part I

JWU, FIX and URI Join Forces to Unlock Maple’s Untapped Potential, Part I

If you think of maple as an ingredient at all, there’s a high probability that your first thought is to envision it in syrup form, drizzled liberally over pancakes. But have you ever thought of maple as a hero ingredient?

Earlier this summer, the Maple Project kicked off as an intensive, interdisciplinary collaboration between University of Rhode Island, JWU and the Food Innovation Nexus (FIX) — a JWU-funded startup housed at the Providence Campus — to examine maple’s potential as a “smarter sweetener” — and to re-frame it as a food that’s not just for breakfast.

National Champion Jay Albis ‘19 Joins JWU Wrestling Staff

While Jay Albis ‘19 may have wrapped up his wrestling career on the mat with a second national championship, he will still be a part of the Johnson & Wales University wrestling program. Head coach Lonnie Morris has announced that Albis will join the coaching staff this fall as an assistant.

This March, Albis solidified his place in school history when he won his second-straight NCAA title at 125 pounds. A year early he became the school’s first NCAA National Champion in any sport. In addition to his two trophies, Albis is JWU’s first three-time All-American.

Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2019 NCAA Championships, Albis finished his career as the Wildcats’ all-time leader with 152 wins and a 92.12 winning percentage. As a junior, he set the single-season record with 48 victories while leading the country in tech falls. The back-to-back NEWA Wrestler of the Year and the most decorated wrestler in NEWA history, Albis collected a trio of regional championships as well as three-straight All-NEWA selections.

A native of Fishkill, NY, Albis graduated from Johnson & Wales this spring with a 3.02 grade point average in criminal justice. He earned the NWCA Scholar-Athlete award in 2016.