From Culinary Kitchens to Kuwait She can
fabricate a chicken as coolly as she can inspect a Black Hawk
helicopter engine. Tina Shipp is a full-time culinary student and petty
officer second class in the Navy Reserve. Graduation is within reach,
but when she got the call in November 2006 to pack her bags for Camp
Arifjan, Kuwait, her studies came to a halt. “I had to call the day
before my externship [at Bites Café] to cancel it.”
2007, she tucked away her culinary uniform, kissed her new
granddaughter goodbye, and headed into combat training in Virginia,
then on to Kuwait two months later. She lived on a base with 450
sailors from all over the United States. She worked as a certified
borders and customs agent, where she inspected blown up helicopter
engines and tanks, making sure there were no live rounds, dirt, drugs
or insects inside before the parts were shipped back to the U.S.
The 43-Year-Old Calls Herself a 'Career Add-er' “I
have been a cosmetologist for 20 years, a massage therapist for 12
years, I’ve been with the Navy for seven years and I’m a new
grandmother. I don’t have a college degree. I always thought if I got
one, I would do something I love. I love to feed people,” she says.
leaving the cuisine of Johnson & Wales University and heading to
the land of sand — more like powdered dirt she says — was not
appetizing. “I refined my taste buds here at Johnson & Wales. [In
Kuwait] I had to learn how to cook food in a microwave. I got creative.
Everyone wanted to see what I was eating.”
After 10 months, Shipp
got to come home and pick up a new externship. After she receives her
diploma in May, she will add yet another career to her belt — personal
chef. Anyone need a haircut, manicure, a good neck massage, a gourmet
meal — and a quick check under the hood? CoB Students Offer Paxton Business Insights It
was a first for the College of Business (CoB). Students in strategic
marketing classes served as consultants for the Paxton Companies.
associated with Atlas Van Lines, does moving, storage and record
retention. The objective was to expand the company’s record retention
business. Two classes developed marketing plans for Paxton based on
what they have learned about case analysis. Upperclassmen applied the
knowledge they’ve gained over the past three-and-a-half years. Classes
made a final presentation to Paxton managers in February.
is great preparation for what we are going to do ...when we get out of
school,” Donald Rouse, senior marketing major said.
“When I am
speaking to civic groups I am often asked what the community can do to
show its support for Johnson & Wales University. I always like to
say that the highest compliment an employer in our region can pay us is
to hire one of our graduates.” - President Arthur Gallaghe