jwu:north miami news

jwu:north miami news

Nourishing Community
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Over the summer, the campus hosted close to three dozen children from Overtown Youth Center (OYC) in Miami, Fla. for a day of healthy cooking and eating.

Ranging in age from 5 to 13, the group learned how to prepare and eat healthy meals and snacks with chef-instructor Wayne Bryan ’93. During their visit, they got tips for preparing foods, properly setting a table and building a team, as they worked together to make lunch. Hosting the students is among Johnson & Wales University’s efforts to champion healthy eating habits and home cooking.

Watermelon juice, salad, fruit kabobs, garlic pita bread and grilled chicken were among the group’s creations. “Chef Bryan showed our students how taking a few minutes to prepare healthy food can create something deliciously edible,” said Carla Penn, executive director of the center.

In 2003, Overtown Youth Center opened its doors through a partnership between the Margulies Foundation and NBA great, Alonzo Mourning. A state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Miami’s inner city, the OYC provides education and recreation in a safe environment, working together with the families, schools and children from grade two through graduation.

This fall, the campus furthered the ongoing collaboration with the OYC by simulating a crime scene investigation and offering an instructional overview of the game of golf. All sessions with students from the center not only provide helpful take-away skills but present information on future career possibilities.

“We are so grateful for our partnership and appreciate the time invested in teaching Overtown students,” said Penn about JWU’s efforts. “This type of exposure is a necessary component in creating well-rounded, successful adults.”

Above image: Chef Instructor Wayne Bryan ’93 dishes out chef’s hats to students from the Overtown Youth Center.

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Two members of the campus staff were recently recognized with prestigious awards from South Florida Business Journal.

President Loreen Chant ’89, was named one of South Florida’s Top 25 Female Business Leaders by the journal in partnership with CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services. The 25 were chosen based on business accomplishments, professional leadership and community contributions and were honored at an award luncheon in July at the Hyatt Regency in Fort Lauderdale.

Also honored for excellence, leadership and community involvement, Fred Menachem, director of development and alumni relations, was named one of SFBJ’s 40 Under 40. Selected from a pool of more than 300 nominees, Menachem was recognized in June at a reception sponsored by Nova Southeastern University at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania.

President Loreen Chant ’89

“Through our highly specialized programs and concentrations like golf management, national security and leadership studies, our career education model helps students develop vital industry relationships, and provides real-world experiences that make their JWU education so valuable.”