As part of Winter Week activities, JWU launched the
Dream Machine recycling initiative, providing students
and faculty with a convenient and rewarding
way to recycle their bottles and cans while on‐the‐go.
Now students are crumpling cans and dropping plastic
bottles down the campus machine’s chute.
Dream Machine kiosks are computerized receptacles
that include a personal reward system and are set up in
high-traffic areas nationwide. Powered by Greenopolis,
an online green community, the recycling initiative
allows consumers to earn points for every bottle or
can dropped in the kiosk and redeem those points
online for local discounts on entertainment, dining
The more bottles and cans people recycle in
Dream Machines, the more support sponsor PepsiCo
will provide to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for
Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a national program
offering free experiential training in entrepreneurship
and small business management to post‐9/11 veterans
Led by student Bryce Shearer ’11 and the Student
Government Association (SGA), the Machine launch
coincided with the annual One‐Ton Sundae where
students enjoyed free ice cream and all the toppings.
The event boosted the number of registered Dream
Machine users on campus
while promoting other
sustainable programs such
as the JWU Community
“Having the opportunity
to be a part of something
that has the potential of
really changing lives and the
community could not be
more rewarding to me while
still in college,” Bryce said.
Image top: Students line up for sundaes with all the fixings to support
Image above: A PepsiCo Dream Machine allows users to recycle bottles for rewards and cut down on the waste stream.
In Touch with Progress
Now JWU students can take customer orders
with the touch of a button. Some hospitality
and culinary labs are using POSitouch, an
industry standard point-of-sale (POS) system.
Wait staff can transmit instructions to the
kitchen via a terminal or hand-held device, putting
the campus on the cutting edge. Among
its functions, the system can track amounts of
items, sales category and timeline; track voids
and deletes; separate checks at any time in the
order cycle; place an order by table photo or
number; track menus and prices by workstation,
day of week and time of day; and channel
bar tabs and credit authorizations.
“Having the POSitouch system in the classrooms gives students real-life
experience,” noted Culinary Arts Assistant Professor Deet Gilbert. “Today, almost
any establishment they work in will have a computerized ordering system. This
introduces them to this technology ... I have to say, the students are enthusiastic
about having it and have really taken to it,” she added.
“The continued successes of our alumni have shaped
Johnson & Wales into the outstanding university it is
today. Our graduates represent a diverse and dynamic
professional marketplace, in which they are well
equipped to be global leaders.”