Food for Comfort
A Corps Beyond
Fashioning a Future
Eyes on environment
For more than 200 JWU students and faculty at the
Providence Campus, The Amadeus Project was an
opportunity to contribute talent and skills to a groundbreaking
educational effort. Using community service
learning to create and promote art in the face of arts education
budget cuts, the collaboration brought JWU College
of Business and School of Technology students and faculty
together with a local theatre group, along
with students and educators from other Rhode Island
schools and colleges.
Based on Peter Shaffer’s play about Mozart, “The
Amadeus Project was founded on the principle of mentorship
in education — learning through real-life experience,”
says Max Vogler, coordinator and lead actor.
Under the guidance of College of Business Assistant
Dean Joanne Galenski ’93, ’96 M.S. and CoB faculty
members Michelle Morin, Erin Wilkinson, Rae
Coloura and Frank Duchala, students devised business
and marketing plans, created marketing materials,
raised funds and staged media events. Amanda Lada ’09,
team leader, handled message strategy and media. Senior Christopher Rosario, creative team leader and production
manager, secured thousands of dollars in pro bono services
from Graphic Innovations in Warwick, R.I. Senior Bruce
Millard created a fundraising brochure and video. With
guidance from School of Technology faculty, sophomore
Jonathan DuPaul designed a website. Nova Marketing in
Boston, Mass. brainstormed with students and later hired
Lada and Rosario as interns.
All involved played the roles of both teachers and students
— those on the business side learned from the artists,
and vice versa.
“Working with Johnson & Wales was a perfect fit,”
says Vogler. “Their practice of putting students out into
the world working in real situations reflected our approach
during The Amadeus Project … The caliber of the
students’ work was exceptional and it helped to guarantee
our success as a nonprofit organization.”
The production opened in November 2009 at
Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence to a full
house and rave reviews from the media.
Image: l-r: Jonathan DuPaul ’12, Christopher Rosario ’10, Amanda Lada ’09, Michelle Morin, CoB assistant professor, and Bruce Millard ’10 gather at a press party in June 2009 at Pizzico Ristorante in Providence.
Optimism High Despite Lull in TourismAnguilla, with its 33 beaches and powdersoft
sand, is best known as a tropical tourist
destination. But even there, economic problems
beyond the island’s shores have taken a
toll on tourism.
“The number of tourists
visiting Anguilla has declined
significantly … Every month
in 2009 has shown a decline
in tourist arrivals compared to
the corresponding period in
2008,” says Andrew Gumbs
’95, ’98 M.S., director of
internal audit for the island.
The majority of tourists are
from the U.S., Europe, Great
Britain and other Caribbean
islands, he adds.
Gumbs’ work includes developing and
driving policies and procedures for the
government and quasi-government agencies
including the tourism office. “Everything
is planned around tourism,” Gumbs says.
“Within the labor force, tourism has quite a
few jobs, including the restaurant element.
It brings in a substantial amount of money.”
Fortunately the island has other industries
generating money and jobs including
construction, banking and government.
Anguilla is also making strides in education
and technology. A two-year
college is slated to open
in 2010, with hospitality
courses to be among the
first offered. Anguillans
also have access to distance
learning through the
University of the West
Indies. The entire government
is computerized with
wireless access available. “I
think it is one of the few
islands in the Caribbean
that has the whole government up to date in
technology,” says Gumbs.
The native Anguillan is optimistic about
his homeland’s future. “Anguilla has the
potential to rival any tourism country, but I
think they have to plan, because right now
it is a difficult time in the world.”
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Associate Professor Alexander Katkov presented “The Influence of the Recent Economic
Crisis on Oil Prices” at the Second International Conference on Energy in the XXI
Century: Economics, Politics, Ecology, in St. Petersburg, Russia in October 2009. His 2008
presentation “The Influence of Oil Prices on the Speed of the Economic Growth” is
published in materials from the first international conference.