JWU’s winning Ad Team has attracted impressive industry
Seal of Health
South Africa: Study in Contrasts
Cause and Effect
The Write Stuff
As vice president and senior public affairs manager for
Citizens Bank in Providence, R.I., Amie (Picard)
Kershaw ’07 MBA works with nonprofit agencies
serving people throughout Rhode Island. Kershaw reviews
requests for assistance and manages the bank’s three
annual signature programs. Champions in Action gives
$25,000 grants to four nonprofits each year; Gear for
Grades provides 12,000 new backpacks filled with school
supplies to students and Striking Out Hunger — a “bowling
fundraiser” — collects upwards of $50,000 for the
Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
The need for help continues to grow “across the
board,” says Kershaw. Agencies are looking at new ways to
generate income through social entrepreneurship and by
creating business opportunities.
Kershaw is a board member of RiverzEdge Arts Project
in Woonsocket, RI, an example of entrepreneurial fundraising.
The program gives economically and educationally
deprived youth training in the arts, pay and a voice in
the community. Classes in the organization’s studios teach
graphic design, painting, photography, woodworking and
silk screening. Participants sell products, drawing proceeds
while learning about economics and management.
Working on her master’s degree in global business
leadership and marketing with classmates at JWU from
around the world offered a view of how business is
conducted in other nations, Kershaw says. It’s the kind of
perspective that only adds to her creativity.
Online > firstname.lastname@example.org
Doctoral Dissertation Plays Role in Reform
In 2003, Rhode Island’s Department of Education introduced requirements
and standards for school reform. As the director of secondary
reform with the Pawtucket School District, Monique Jacob ’08 EdD is helping to steer a huge ship into unchartered waters. Jacob is developing
ways that teachers can align their curricula and assessments to
the state’s requirements.
Districts were told to choose two out of three performance methods.
Pawtucket chose portfolios and course
assessments. To meet criteria, teachers in all
subjects must know writing, reading and math
standards, and have similar expectations for
their students’ work. “You cannot deny that it
moved us ahead in terms of quality instruction,”
Jacobs says of the reform.
Although beneficial, regulations came without
defined procedures. “This has been frustrating
at times, but also has produced tremendous
learning on the part of all professionals
included in the conversation.”
In May, Jacob received the New England Educational Research
Organization (NEERO) 2009 John Schmitt Award for her dissertation,
“Expectations for Career and Social Support by Mentors and Mentees
Participating in Formal Elementary and Secondary School Mentoring
Programs.” Her discourse for JWU’s School of Education within the Alan
Shawn Feinstein Graduate School has proven to be a valuable tool in
that respect. Research confirmed that when expectations of mentors
for their mentees are made clear early, the outcome is successful. With
this as a basis, she is devising professional
development programs that she anticipates
will bring positive results to the district.
Despite hurdles, the regulations have had
some very positive effects. “It’s about improving
teaching and learning — eventually
improving the quality of students’ lives. Our
kids were leaving high school without the
necessary skills to be successful in work or
college,” Jacob says. Change for the better is
on her horizon.
Online > Mjacob4@cox.net
In October, the U.S.
Senate confirmed the
nomination of Brenda
Dann-Messier ’00 EdD
for the position of
Assistant Secretary of
Education for Vocational
and Adult Education.
Dann-Messier served in
the federal Department
of Education during the