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Wash your hands frequently. Use alcohol-based
hand gel. Sneeze and cough into your arm. Stay
home if you are sick. Following these preventive
measures will slow the spread of the H1N1 virus during the upcoming flu season. That was the
advice from health officials invited to a summit in
August hosted at the Johnson & Wales University
Yena Center by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).
With mass quantities of an H1N1 vaccine not
expected until late fall, public education is essential
to lower infection rates and prevent significant
disruption to schools and businesses. Officials urge
inoculation when supplies are available.
“Collectively, as a society, if we care about our
families and friends, we strongly recommend
vaccination for both seasonal flu and H1N1,” said
Dr. David Gifford, director of the Rhode Island
Department of Health.
Classes and activities at the Providence Campus
were cancelled for three days at the recommendation
of the RI Department of Health when
probable student cases emerged in May.
“We have revised our plans based on the evolving
guidelines from the national Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) and the RI
Department of Health, and have begun a major
public education campaign,” says Campus President
Irving Schneider, PhD “Our goal is to keep the
JWU community healthy and informed.”
Flexibility must be incorporated into the plans
being put into place this fall as the country prepares
for the spread of this new strain of flu. As Cmdr.
Francisco Alvarado-Ramy of the US Centers
for Disease Control noted during the summit,
influenza is one of the most unpredictable and
ever-changing viruses that exists today.
JWU Visitors Offer Thoughts on Varied TopicsApril brought a diverse group of speakers to
Providence with sage advice for their audiences.
Mawi Asgedom, an Ethiopian refugee who fled
civil war, told students that resilience is the first step
to reaching your goals. His own belief that he would
eventually leave a Sudanese refugee camp with his
family motivated him to keep living.
“Our senses are like our pets: every so often we
need to give them treats,” was the directive from
Diane Ackerman, poet, naturalist and author of “A
Natural History of the Senses.”
Our senses present
a texture to life only noticed when we pay attention
to our surroundings, Ackerman noted to students
gathered in the Harborside Amphitheater.
“It’s easy to move up when you’re a waiter because
no one wants to be there. They’re all trying to
be something else: a writer, an actress, a drummer.
What’s wrong with wanting to be in food service?”
The question was posed by Phoebe Damrosch,
Distinguished Visiting Professor for the John Hazen
White School of Arts & Sciences, author of “Service
Included,” and one of the first female captains of top
New York restaurant, Per Se.
Distinguished Visiting Chef Anne Cooper talked
about the challenge of revamping the Berkeley,
Calif., elementary school lunch program into what
it is today: an institutional service offering nutritious
and delicious food, while teaching students to cook
“You won’t be young for as long as you think you will be.” Advice on why to consider starting a business right out of college
— school of Technology DVP, Jack Templin,
principal, ThoughtCap; Rhode Island Nexus
top to bottom: Phoebe Damrosch,
Mawi Asgedom, Ann Cooper and
“A JWU education combined with relevant work experience is a proven path to launching a successful career. The depth and breadth of course offerings at the Providence Campus have opened up a world of opportunities for our graduates.”