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Farewell Inside Providence

051414insiderAfter seven years of publishing the Providence Campus faculty and staff monthly, electronic newsletter Inside Providence (still known to many as The Insider), Communications & Media Relations is saying farewell. But don’t worry, your favorite features like overheard, new hires, employee spotlights, photos and by the numbers (to name a few) will be integrated with eBriefs into a newly formatted, weekly newsletter launching this fall.

Why the change? We’re thinking of you – our readers. The new format will allow us deliver the content most commonly found in Inside Providence in a more timely fashion.
We look forward to the possibilities that lie ahead, and thank you for your continued readership. More details about the new publication will be in eBriefs this summer.

Pictured: Launched in 1992, The Insider was a printed publication distributed quarterly to faculty and staff on the Providence Campus. The newsletter was renamed and changed to an electronic format in 2007 when Inside Providence was born.  


Inaugural Founders' Week

051414classof2014JWU’s annual Spring Week festivities were enhanced and appropriately renamed Founders’ Week in recognition of Johnson & Wales' Centennial. It was a week of celebration around the spirit of JWU's founding that lives strong today.

During the Centennial cake cutting event on May 1, a proclamation was delivered on behalf of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras proclaiming Apr 28-May 4, 2014 as Johnson & Wales University Centennial Week in the City of Providence. Here are some highlights:

- The iPad Air grand prize attracted 330 students for bingo on Monday.
- Comedian Collin Moulton entertained 135 students with his electric storytelling on Tuesday.
- More than 450 people left Spa Day feeling refreshed on Wednesday. Facials, manicures and massages were the most popular activities. Yoga and meditation demonstrations were also held throughout the day.
- Despite the rain and the postponement of the Centennial Backyard BBQ, approximately 85 members of the JWU community filled the first floor of the Downcity Campus library for a Centennial cake cutting ceremony with Chancellor Bowen and President Runey on Thursday.
- Friday was the 30th Annual Battle of the Campus, which was held on campus for the first time. Thirty-one teams pre-registered, and many students, staff and faculty came out to cheer on the teams. Watch a video of this year’s excitement.
- Maximum Step Show was sold out with 900 seats filled. The event featured three regional step teams, a step performance by Mount Hope Learning Center students and strolls from five JWU fraternities and sororities.
- More than 2,750 members of the JWU community attended the Wahoo Carnival that featured six carnival rides, live music, food trucks, novelties and carnival games. A 14 minute Centennial firework display for a crowd of 2,000 was an impressive finale that people won’t soon forget.
- Lastly, 70 people raced in the Wahoo 3k on Sunday.

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Commencement Season: The Centennial Class of 2014

051414commencementJohnson & Wales University commencement season gets underway Thu, May 22, when the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) showcases the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School ceremony. Then, on Sat, May 24, there are two ceremonies for the undergraduates at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.

This year's commencement ceremonies are dedicated to Vilma Triangolo '36, '88 Hon. who passed away earlier this year in January at the age of 96. Also, a special addition to Saturday’s ceremonies will be a Centennial Address delivered by University Chancellor John J. Bowen ’77.

The Providence Campus is awarding a total of 2,201 degrees and a total of 3,387 degrees will be awarded universitywide. Here are the facts and numbers at-a-glance:

Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School

Thu, May 22, at 6:45pm, Providence Performing Arts Center
Degrees awarded: 363

Honorary Degree Recipient:
- Abid M. H. Butt ’84., chief executive officer, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Pte. Ltd., Singapore, will receive a Doctor of Science in International Hotel & Tourism Management. (Speaker)

The Hospitality College and College of Culinary Arts
Saturday, May 24, at 8:45am, Dunkin' Donuts Center
Hospitality degrees awarded: 396
Culinary Arts degrees awarded: 351
Joint Hospitality/Culinary Arts degrees awarded: 437

Honorary Degree Recipients:
- Robert J. Palleschi ’86, global head, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, McLean, Va., will receive a Doctor of Business Administration in International Hotel & Tourism Management. (Speaker)
- David Kinch ’81, chef/proprietor, Manresa, Los Gatos, Calif., will receive a Doctor of Culinary Arts.

College of Business, School of Technology and John Hazen White School of Arts & Sciences
Saturday, May 24 at 2:45pm, Dunkin' Donuts Center
Business degrees awarded: 555
Technology degrees awarded: 92
Arts & Sciences degrees awarded: 7

Honorary Degree Recipients:
- Carolyn Rafaelian, founder, creative director & CEO, Alex and Ani Inc., Cranston, R.I., will receive a Doctor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship.
- Edward P. Triangolo Jr., president, Triangolo Professional Group Inc., Sunrise, Fla., will receive a Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting.
Outside Providence
North Miami, Fla.  335 undergraduate degrees (B.S., A.S.)
Denver, Colo.       340 undergraduate degrees (B.S., A.S.)
Charlotte, N.C.     490 undergraduate degrees (B.S., A.A.S.)
Online                  21 undergraduate degrees (B.S.)
Video wishes to the Class of 2014
See JWU's commencement video "Make Your Mark," produced by Kris McNamara, Sierra Barter and Derek Lavoie of Student Communications; Cameron Watson and Scott Bowers of Information Technology; and Piya Sarawgi of Internal Audit & Risk Management. It offers good luck, words of encouragement and congratulations to the Class of 2014. Participants included faculty and administration. And, be sure to enjoy the bloopers outtakes afterwards.

Practice Makes Perfect

051414wildcatcenterEver wonder why practice makes perfect? By doing something over and over again, you learn to do it well. That is what emergency preparedness is all about. On Fri, May 9, the campus emergency operations team was again put to the test by participating in a practice exercise involving multiple emergency response agencies and a handful of JWU departments.
The Wildcat Center on the Harborside Campus was the focus of the exercise, led by Chris Harwood, director of emergency management, and Captain LeRoy Rose, interim director of campus safety & security. The scenario included an active shooter on campus during a Student Activities event in Delany Gymnasium. The Harborside Campus was hypothetically put into a “lockdown,” as local and state emergency teams responded, working side by side with JWU staff.
“The drill went well,” said Harwood. “Overall, nearly 80 people participated —about 55 at the scene in the Wildcat Center and about 25 in the JWU Emergency Operations Center on Weybosset Street providing support to the Incident Commander.”
Annual emergency preparedness exercises allow the university to test our emergency planning, response and communication, and the coordination between JWU and response agencies from the City of Providence and the State of Rhode Island. Harwood added that “these exercises also challenge our emergency teams with new functions such as setting up a Joint Information Center or a Family Reunification Center.”
Timely communications are imperative to keep all inform and provide critical instructions during an incident. All students, staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to provide accurate contact information to be included in the university’s emergency notification system.
(If you did not receive a text message during the May 9 exercise, then either you have not provided the university with your cellphone telephone number or the cellphone number associated with you in our emergency notification system is incorrect. To update your contact information, please send an email to and provide your full name and your cellphone number, including area code.)
The safety and well-being of students, staff and faculty has always been a top priority of the university. As the emergency preparedness team continues to refine safety procedures and policies, they ask everyone to do their part in becoming familiar with the university’s emergency plans if an actual emergency were to take place.
- Campus Emergency Plan is posted on JWU public folders: Public Folders>All Public Folders>_Emergency Procedures>Providence Campus>JWU Emergency Plan and Procedures>Providence Emergency Management Plan

- The Emergency Procedures Quick Reference posted throughout campus can also be found on JWU public folders: Public Folders>All Public Folders>_Emergency Procedures>Providence Campus>JWU Emergency Plan and Procedures>Providence Campus Emergency Plan and Procedures>Updated Quick Reference Procedures