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Campus Marks 10th Year
JWU Magazine 2011 Spring DEN 10 Yrs 230x160

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 Association.

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.

Culinary Student Matt Everett DEN 230x160JWU 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.”

President Bette Matkowski

“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.”