Elizabeth Covino

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 1997

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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Covino came to the College of Hospitality Management in 1997 after 17 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 local community, Including conducting a comparative business analysis for Lake Pearl of Wrentham, MA; working with Jim Verity of Verity Designs to examine event sustainability within the events industry in RI; Working with the RI Chapter of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) to plan end of year Gala; Conducting an Event Audit of the Polar Express for the Blackstone Valley Tourism Association; Advising 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.

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


  • M.S., Springfield College
  • B.A., University of Connecticut

Students in our classes at JWU get hands on experience right in the classroom. Whether its planning a wedding, a trade show or a concert, the projects are student run.

Teaching Interests

Corporate Event Planning
Protocol & Special Events
Concert and Event Production
Weddings Production


  • Business Event Management
  • Weddings & Ceremonies
  • Event Ceremony & Protocol
  • Directed Experiential Education (DEE)

Extra Curricular Roles

Faculty Advisor for the Special Events Society student chapter.

Professional Affiliations

Meeting Planners International (MPI)
International Live Events Association (ILEA)
National Association of Campus Activities (NACA)
International Exhibits and Event Association (IAEE)

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Together Strong: How the Events Industry is Coping with COVID-19

"Events are going to come back strong and our community is working together, to make sure that when the industry reopens, events will be stronger and more creative than ever."

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Elizabeth Covino

"I find the classroom to be a very symbiotic relationship. The students learn from me and I learn from them."

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