Elizabeth Covino

Associate Professor,  College of Hospitality Management

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I’m really an event specialist. You get to work with a client from the inception of the idea all the way through the production and inception of the event. In a lot of our classes, we actually produce live events.”


Elizabeth Covino came to the College of Hospitality Management in 1997 after 15 years in Student Activities and Student Involvement on the campuses of Framingham State College, Bryant University and Johnson & Wales University. Her professional background includes work in higher education administration, including a stint serving as a dean of students and director of student activities.

Covino continues to be heavily involved with JWU’s Directed Experiential Education (DEE) program, which has encompassed planning and evaluation of several projects within the Rhode Island community, including RI Chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Gala; Event Audit of the Polar Express for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Association; the Providence Independence Trail; the Tall Ship Festival of Newport; and a feasibility study for the creation of a student center at JWU.

Covino has been involved with the Rhode Island International Live Events Association; she has served as the chapter advisor for the Special Events Society for 10 years. Club members volunteered for the 2015–16 World Golf Championships at the Trump National in Miami and, most recently, the ILEA Las Vegas on their Spring Break.

In 2014, Covino was named by the Rhode Island College Compact as a Presidential Scholar, where she partnered with several nonprofits to implement community service projects in her classes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Event Planning
  • Concert and Event Production
  • Weddings Production
  • Hospitality Education


  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)
  • National Restaurant Association Instructor ServSafe Alcohol Training
  • TEAM Coalition (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) 

Sample Courses 

  • SEE 2020: Business Event Management
  • SEE 3042: Weddings & Ceremonies
  • SEE 3060: Concert and Event Production
  • Directed Experiential Education (DEE): Student Union Feasibility
    Worked with 12 students to develop and implement a study to determine the feasability of an on-campus student center at JWU. Presented findings to Student Government and Office of Student Involvement.