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Camping Out for Haiti
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Campus Aids Earthquake Victims

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the campus organized a united effort to provide assistance to Meds & Food for Kids, a Haiti-based organization that generates ready-to-use therapeutic food to prevent starvation in children. A class of honors leadership students proposed a sleep out to contribute to fundraising. As momentum grew, students, faculty and staff sought pledge donations as backing for sleeping outdoors for an evening. Nearly 200 campers poured into Arch Creek Field on campus for the night out, bringing blankets, cardboard boxes and tents for makeshift sleeping quarters. North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre paid a visit in support of the event.

“While I have been fortunate to experience many wonderful events at this campus, Thursday evening’s Sleep Out captured the essence of who we are as a campus and as a university,” said Professor Michael Moskwa, at the forefront of students’ efforts. “[It] is a testament to the deep commitment we all have to community service and showing our students how they can positively impact the lives of others.”

Just days before, when campus Vice President Larry Rice, EdD, ’90 learned a group of Baptist Health surgeons were willing to donate their services in Haiti but could not secure transportation, Jeunevieve Ceant ’13, a sports/entertainment/event management student, volunteered her father Jean-Henry Ceant’s private jet, hoping it could be of use. Rice contacted the airport and brought Jeunevieve, her father and the surgeons together.

Image top: North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre (center, front, in blue blazer) visited the campus crowd ready to sleep outdoors to raise funds for Haiti.

JWU NMI alumni Jose DeschampsInternship Has SEE Major Designing for Converse
With a bachelor’s degree in sports/entertainment/event management and an associate degree in management, Jose Deschamps ’09 set out to find an internship to complete his degree requirements. He began by visiting his old supervisor at Converse, minutes from his hometown of Lawrence, Mass. Weeks after applying, he was hired as a product marketing intern for the Converse basketball line.

On the job, he shadowed his supervisor and sat in on daily meetings with designers, merchandisers and developers. Assignments included brainstorming names for sneakers, checking legal use and researching basketball players who might endorse Converse and add value to marketing efforts.

His most exciting task involved designing sneakers to be worn on special occasions by Converse athletes. “I had the job to redesign the sneakers for Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls for Thanksgiving; Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat and Alando Tucker of the Phoenix Suns for Christmas; Kyle Korver of the Utah Jazz, Acie Law of the Chicago Bulls and Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers for St. Patrick’s Day.”

The assignment’s success led to a similar project for Foot Locker, where nine of his sneaker styles could hit the shelves in spring 2011. “It was pretty cool seeing my designs come back as a finished product,” Deschamps says. “I got two pairs of the sneakers in my size, although I’ll never wear them because I have them as trophies.”

Image above: Jose Deschamps ’09 shows off sneaker styles he designed for Converse.

President Loreen Chant ’89

“Putting what our students learn in the classroom into practice is what sets JWU apart. Challenging them to build relationships within the industry will become more important as our graduates seek careers in an increasingly competitive environment.”