Elizabeth Covino

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 1997

Elizabeth Covino

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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.

I have been involved in Girl Scouting for most of my life. I am the troop volunteer for my granddaughter in Cumberland, RI.


Professional Affiliations

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


    CERTIFICATION - Certified Hospitality Educator


Honors And Awards

  • Faculty of the Year for the College of Hospitality Management 2018
  • Club Advisor of the Year for the Live Event Association 2018

Q&A with Elizabeth

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

I got started in the events industry at the University of Connecticut. I volunteered to work on Homecoming and the rest is history. I became a part of their Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG) and planned events for upwards of 15,000 students. Some of my favorite events were planning the performance of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Billy Joel, Chris Rock, Meatloaf, and the Dave Matthews Band.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

My favorite teaching moment is at an event that the class has planned. The pieces have finally come together and the students can witness their success!

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Get involved when you get to campus. I am the advisor to the Live Event Association. Our students volunteer at many events throughout the year. They meet each other, form friendships and make great industry connections.

What College Do You Teach In?

College of Hospitality Management

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"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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