Over the past year, celebration of the campus’ 10th anniversary
has been integrated into regular campus activities. The traditional
Faculty and Staff Barbeque, hosted at the beginning of
the school year, featured a 10th anniversary video about the
impact of the campus over the decade. Family and Alumni
Weekend included a 10th Anniversary Alumni Reception and
10th Anniversary Family Reception. A timeline of past holiday
ceremonies was on display at December’s traditional Hanging
of the Greens, as was a history exhibit of the last decade at the
annual Black & White Gala sponsored by the Student Alumni
In addition, events were added to recognize outside
constituents who have helped shape the campus. Members
of the community were invited to a fall program that included a wine and cheese reception and a
campus tour. In March, the 10th Anniversary Committee partnered with JWU’s Experiential Education
& Career Services office to invite top employers of JWU students to a breakfast recognizing their
commitment to student success. In May, a time capsule containing photos of the campus’ history was
buried. The scope of festivities was also extended into the broader community throughout the year
with events such as VISIT Denver and programs held in conjunction with the Denver Lions Club.
JWU Student Joins Nationwide Fight Against Hunger
Denver culinary nutrition student Matthew Everett ’11 was one of 15 nationwide
who received an all-expense paid trip to Share Our Strength’s Conference of
Leaders in Washington, D.C., in October 2010. The three-day event brought
together top chefs and restaurateurs, advocates and volunteers for activities
focused on fighting childhood hunger.
For Everett, a longtime Share Our Strength volunteer, the opportunity to network
and brainstorm with industry leaders and fellow
volunteers was “recharging and inspiring.”
“As a volunteer, you’re in the trenches. At the conference,
I got to see the big picture,” Everett says.
That big picture includes nearly 17 million children
in America — almost one in four — who go hungry.
“It’s appalling that this could happen in one of the richest
nations in the world,” Everett says.
Sam Kass, White House assistant chef and senior
policy adviser for healthy food initiatives, kicked off the
conference with an inspiring keynote speech. “Teaching
people how to cook healthy foods is our most powerful tool in ending hunger,”
Kass told the gathering. “We don’t need to invest in new technology or wait for a
new scientific discovery. We have everything we need to solve this problem.”
The message resonated with Everett, who left the conference fired up to get
involved on a larger level in Denver. “I’m going to continue my involvement
with [Share Our Strength program] Cooking Matters,” he says. “I also want to
work with Slow Food Denver. I’d like to teach children in schools ... there are
so many possibilities.”
“In Denver you can’t eat in a restaurant, attend a sporting
event or visit a hotel without running into a JWU alum.
Seeing their successes makes all the difference.”