Campus Readies for New Student Center Construction
With the media cameras rolling, balloons blowing in the breeze and students eagerly awaiting the anticipated
news, Campus President Arthur Gallagher announced that construction is slated to begin in early 2010 for a
new student center, with the opening projected for early 2011.
The building will be approximately 30,000 square feet and built on the residence hall parking lot on Cedar
Street, adjacent to the Carolina Panthers practice field. It will include a gymnasium with bleacher seating for 600;
a fully-equipped fitness center; aerobic exercise room; activity multipurpose room; offices for clubs and organizations
and resource rooms; athletic offices; and varsity and general student locker rooms and showers.
“Our new student center is a clear demonstration of the success of our students in Charlotte, and another
example of how our university’s
investment and our economic
impact on this region will
continue to grow in the years to
come,” said Gallagher.
The center will serve the
entire JWU student body and
be home to JWU Wildcats
basketball and volleyball teams.
Image: President Art Gallagher announces new construction will begin in 2010.
NASCAR Auto Takes the ‘Cake’
For some baking and pastry students, their first day of class was a jawdropping
stunner. Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC reality show “Cake
Boss,” strolled in for a tour and impromptu lecture, and then asked
students to help create a cake as big as a car — a NASCAR.
“Buddy,” as he is known on the show, was in Charlotte preparing
for the Retail Bakers of America exposition, and needed help with one
of the largest projects he’s ever taken on. The students had no idea
what they were about to get into.
Under the guidance of Chef Frances Burnett, 25 students made
1,200 cakes over two days using 100 50-pound bags of cake mix and
600 dozen eggs. The student volunteers then spent hours with Buddy
and the “familia” assembling the mammoth cake at the Charlotte
Convention Center, from the tires and racing stripes to the fenders and
detailed engine. It wasn’t a piece of cake.
“After very long hours and a major disaster — the front end of the
car fell off — the cake came together with everyone’s hard work,” said
junior William Aleshire. “We got the job done with laughter, little
sleep and thankfully, no tears.”
In Chef Amy Felder’s baking science class, Valastro told students
that the success of his bakeshop is about understanding the science
and chemistry of baking. The fourth-generation baker spoke of the
challenges of converting and adapting some of his father’s own recipes.
“His enthusiasm for the subject matter was contagious,” Felder said.
The mishaps and marvels of car creation were taped for a “Cake
Boss” episode that aired in January. Bada bing!
Valastro of Carlo’s City Hall
Bake Shop in Hoboken,
N.J., and his team of students
flank their finished
“JWU is one of the best things to happen in Charlotte over the last decade. We bring a cultural and economic dimension to Charlotte that has not existed before — a comment I hear consistently from business leaders in the community.”