Submit Names for Employee Spotlights in This Week at JWU

This Week at JWU is looking to spotlight more faculty and staff on campus each month. Do you have a colleague who exemplifies the Wildcat Way? Do you work with someone who spends their time volunteering for an incredible cause? Is there someone you work with that has a great story to tell, or may be doing something fascinating in the classroom with their students? This Week at JWU wants to know!

Please submit the person’s name and a few sentences about them to Lauren Tkacs, manager of internal communications, to be considered for an employee spotlight in This Week at JWU. Please note: a photo of the employee must be included with the spotlight – please be sure the person you are nominating is comfortable with having their photo taken.

School Supplies Delivered to Liberian Children by JWU Faculty Member

Carla White Ellis, assistant professor in the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, traveled to Liberia this summer. She and her colleagues from SunRise Forever Inc., a non-governmental non-profit organization that prioritizes humanitarian, educational and developmental activities within Rhode Island and Liberia, delivered 750 backpacks filled with school supplies such as notebooks, pens and pencils to underprivileged children in five different counties and 10 different elementary schools. This is 250 more backpacks to five more elementary schools than she delivered in 2017 on her first trip.

Ellis said the Liberian people, yet again, showed their perseverance and consistent hope considering the overall poor living conditions, and why their hospitality is unmatched. “I'm Liberian at heart, for sure,” she said. “The children I met in school and in villages proved to be smart, curious and to have pure innocence. This trip confirmed for me that Liberian people love foreigners. In the villages, people wanted to wave, say hello, and start conversations.”

While there, Ellis gave a professional development workshop for the faculty at the Bomi Community College, focused on creating self-directed learners, and met up with three JWU alumni who live there.

Last Call: Volunteers Needed at the Culinary and Hospitality Career Fair

Experiential Education & Career Services is seeking staff volunteers for the Culinary & Hospitality Career Fair featuring the Culinary Nutrition Career Forum and SEEM Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, October 18, in the Wildcat Center. Student will have the opportunity to connect with more than 160 employers for jobs and internships.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Bryan Mullin, senior experiential education coordinator, by October 11 and indicate your availability between the hours of 9am and 3pm.