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New Center Greets Harborside Visitors
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Grace Welcome Center, new home of the culinary and graduate admissions offices, was dedicated in November 2010 to Edward P. “Ned” Grace III ’97 Hon. Grace is president of Phelps Grace International Inc., an Orlando-based investment management company, and managing director of Grace Venture Partners LP and Grace Restaurant Partners LP. He has been a trustee of JWU since 1992 and is currently a member of the corporation.

“Ned Grace has built his career success upon a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a commitment to excellence and a visionary approach. His hard work, dedication and strong leadership have earned him respect across multiple industries,” says JWU Chancellor John Bowen ’77. “It is fitting that this admissions facility — the place where our students will begin their career journeys at JWU — is named in his honor.”

For the nearly 4,000 students enrolled in JWU’s culinary and graduate programs at the Harborside Campus, Grace Welcome Center stands as a gateway to their careers. The 7,900-square-foot facility is the third environmentally sustainable building at Harborside. Everything about the design, materials and fixtures was chosen to reduce impact on the environment.

The center was built to be not only the admissions center for culinary and graduate students, but also a gathering place. The glass-walled building includes a large entrance lobby, presentation room, meeting space, kitchen and gallery featuring artifacts from the nearby Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University. A patio with views of Narragansett Bay opens up from the main meeting space and has become a sought-after location for special functions and receptions.

Image above l-r: Charles Grace, Edward P. Grace IV, Edward P. ”Ned” Grace III, wife, Holly Grace, and Samuel Grace were guests at ceremonies in their honor at the Grace Welcome Center in April.

JWU Magazine 2011 Spring PVD Yanas 230x160Documentary Brings JWU Audiences ‘A Sense of Place’ 

With “Jack Yena’s Legacy: Finding a Sense of Place,” Marian Gagnon, PhD, a professor in the John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences, completes the film trilogy that began as part of her doctoral dissertation in 2003.

In this final episode, Gagnon tells JWU’s story through the years of the university’s third president, John Yena ’06 Hon., from 1989 through 2004, when he was named chairman of the board. During his tenure, the university experienced unprecedented growth both physically and academically.

The first documentary of the series, “HER story: The Founding Mothers of Johnson & Wales University,” focused on the women who established the school nearly 100 years ago, Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales. It was followed by “Johnson & Wales University: Men of Vision,” which continued the institution’s story with Morris Gaebe ’98 Hon. and Ed Triangolo ’80 Hon. at the helm.

In addition to extensive interviews with Yena and University Chancellor John Bowen ’77, the final episode offers interviews with the new generation of women now guiding the university forward including campus presidents Loreen Chant ’89 and Bette Matkowski, and University Provost Veera Gaul, PhD, ’91 MS.

“The powerful partnerships, mission, out-of-the-box thinking and vision for this school — these were common elements in all three stories. Yet the people — Gertrude Johnson and Mary Wales, Morris Gaebe and Ed Triangolo, and most recently Jack Yena — were so distinctly unique from one another,” Gagnon notes. “That is what really captivated me.”

Image above, l-r: Damon Isé and Marian Gagnon, PhD, mark the premiere of Gagnon’s documentary with JWU Chairman John Yena ’06 Hon. and his wife, Donna Yena.

President Irving Schneider, PhD

“By staying connected to our alumni’s career progression, we are able to enhance our academic courses and offer relevant internship opportunities for our current students so they, too, can be on the path to lifelong career satisfaction.”