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jwufamily connection


Fall 2017

FEATURES Wildcat Welcome, provost interview, preparing for emergencies

ONE QUESTION; THREE ANSWERS How do you get involved in your campus community?

CAMPUS NEWS Living the Wildcat Way, Homecoming Weekend date change

RECIPE JWU faculty chef shares a favorite recipe

This is a publication of Johnson & Wales University specifically created for families and designated contacts of JWU students.

Dear JWU families, As with many milestones in life, when a child leaves the nest for the first year of college, the feelings that surge through a parent’s heart can be both unexpected and intense. When I left my oldest son at his college dorm for the first time, I was overcome with emotion, which I was careful to hide until I had said a cheerful goodbye. From the corner of my eye, I could see that I was not the only parent whose eyes had welled up with tears. The first fledgling had flown, and the nest would never be the same again. Unlike my eldest, who left home for a fine but huge public university, my two younger sons both selected Caterina with Duncan ’17 on left and Aidan ’20 on right Johnson & Wales University. Large schools are not a good fit for everyone. It was heartwarming to see that the Johnson & Wales campus is beautiful yet small. During orientation, I met many of the professors and staff, and I knew that most would soon recognize my sons’ names. I also knew that if I needed to, I could reach a real person invested in the well-being and success of the students.


I felt as though at Johnson & Wales, I had not just opened the window and set free my young birds to the wide expanse of uncharted skies. I had merely moved them into a bigger nest. Sincerely, Caterina M. Maxwell Parent of Duncan ’17 and Aidan ’20

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There was plenty of smiles, tears, hugs and excitement to fill the Denver Campus tenfold as the incoming Class of 2021 arrived for Wildcat Welcome. Returning students, student-athletes and even Wildcat Willie helped families and first-year students move into Johnson Hall. Sierra Maloney ’21, a resident of Johnson Hall, drove a 20-hour trek from Alabama. “I’m nervous and excited,” said Maloney. “I’ve always said I’d be leaving, always, since I was little,” she said as her aunt, Emily Kelsey, tried to hold back tears. “Of course I’m nervous for her and I’m excited. She’s going to do wonderfully and she is so grown up and ready. I’ve never seen her this happy,” said Kelsey. continued... JWU Family Connection | Fall 2017


As daughter Annalisa Rocha stood in line to get her parking pass and Wildcat ID, her parents Rosa Mendivil and Fermin Rocha headed over to Johnson Hall to help start setting up Annalisa’s room. “The last couple months to prepare just flew by,” said dad Rocha as he walked into his daughter’s residence hall room for the first time. “It’s just amazing how fast they grow up,” said mom Mendivil as tears streamed down, taking in the moment. On Saturday, September 2, the Class of 2021 passed through the Robert E. Taylor Gate, a cherished campus tradition, to the resounding applause of faculty, staff and families. “Think about this: The next time you walk through the gate, you will be welcomed on the other side as JWU alumni— a graduate ready to leave your mark on the world,” said Denver Campus President Richard Wiscott, PhD as he addressed the incoming class. JWU Family Connection | Fall 2017



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INTERVIEW WITH THE PROVOST Lily Hsu, EdD, started her academic career as a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University. From there she became dean of health sciences at MassBay Community College in 1993. In 2007, she was named associate provost for academic affairs at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where she led faculty development programs and supported accreditation for several of the health science programs. She became vice provost at JWU in 2015 and was appointed provost this past June. She has extensive experience in assessment, curriculum development and workforce development. WHY DID YOU COME TO JWU?

Lily Hsu, EdD

I was excited about working at an institution that was looking to develop new programs that were both personally and professionally dear to my heart. Once I saw the support and recognition that university leadership was giving to this area, I knew that my skills and experience were a good fit. I have built new programs, worked with many different accrediting bodies, and serve as a commissioner for NEASC (New England Association of School & Colleges), Commission on Higher Education. These experiences have given me a strong understanding of how to develop quality programs that are successful while adhering to the best professional practices. My work serving on a number of nonprofit community boards has also helped me establish partnerships with industry and institutions that can benefit JWU. continued...

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INTERVIEW WITH THE PROVOST WHAT’S THE DIRECTION JWU IS MOVING IN? WHERE’S THE FOCUS GOING TO BE? We are looking to expand programs in each of our colleges and particularly in the College of Health & Wellness. The health and wellness field is one of the fastest growing areas for students to pursue professional careers. We already have strong programs and experience in business, technology and food; this new College of Health & Wellness will integrate programming with

We also will be providing faculty with more opportunities for research and scholarship. This will mean more opportunities for students to gain specialized experiences outside of the curriculum and become actively engaged in what they learn. YOU ARE A PARENT. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE PARENTS AND FAMILIES WITH COLLEGEAGED CHILDREN?

I have 3 children who are 21, 23 and 27. Each child is different, and you have to let them experience the journey for themselves. Listen to what they say and how they say it so you will know how best to support them. As students begin their academic studies, we look to parents to support us in helping them develop and Our focus goes beyond undergraduate programs. pursue their professional pathways. I encourage In 2018, we are launching doctoral programs in my own children to seek out the resources business administration and occupational therapy, available to them and ask questions. In the and more specializations in the MBA program. same family, each student will need something Parents may have noticed we have renamed different — these are huge transformational some of our major academic areas. The reason years. “Growing pains” is a true and accurate behind the change is to more accurately reflect phrase — for the child and the parent. the expanding programs we are offering. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT JWU STUDENTS? When I talk to people, one of the things that I love that JWU students are a very diverse they say is great about JWU is our long history in audience and that they express a powerful recognizing the value of the work experience and passion for their chosen major. They have a internships. These are an important part of our strong sense of the direction they want their programs and why our students graduate and professional track to take. I hear frequently from move forward with their professional careers. faculty and internship sites that our students We are expanding and strengthening those are polite and respectful and come prepared. experiences while creating new student support Through their studies here, they mature and it systems to keep students on track. becomes part of their professional work ethic. these areas to increase opportunities for our students. For instance, we are refocusing and redefining how we think about food, providing a more holistic view of what food is beyond food preparation. It’s a natural connection to health and wellness.

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE EXERCISES PREPARE JWU CAMPUSES The safety of the entire JWU community is at the core of the university’s mission — and Chris Harwood, director of emergency management, is at the forefront. Spearheading the emergency operations team, Harwood and Campus Safety & Security officials at all campuses have developed programs to raise staff and faculty awareness and greatly contribute to the university’s preparedness in emergencies. With 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, Harwood has worked in his fair share of command centers. He is a certified emergency manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). All JWU campuses within the last 6 years have conducted on-campus drills. The North Miami Campus’s most recent one was conducted this spring, and many of the scenarios practiced were successfully implemented during Hurricane Irma.

Local response agencies participate in a JWU hazardous materials release exercise on the Providence Campus.

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Drill Scenarios  Active shooter, which includes local police departments and response teams. These have expanded to include lockdown drills where faculty, staff and students are asked to hide for 10 minutes. Active shooter drills were the first drills ever conducted.  Outbreaks of diseases such as meningitis and Zika, which was a particular concern within the Miami community last year  Tornado and other weather-related incidents, which have been a focus of the Charlotte and Denver campuses  Hazardous materials release Improvements Made from Drill Scenarios  Required online emergency training for all faculty and staff, which is also highly encouraged for all students. As part of the training, participants can also access a brief active shooter event guidance through the JWU alerts page.  Classroom locks that they can be locked from the inside. Faculty members at all campuses have been issued keys and trained on procedures and best practices during active shooter events.  Practice evacuations involving all students, including those with disabilities  Port evacuation drills in Providence and in state-based major storm and chemical release drills with the State of Rhode Island

ONE QUESTION THREE ANSWERS HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED IN YOUR CAMPUS COMMUNITY? “As a freshman, I was never involved on campus. It wasn’t until I was approached during spring SGA elections to join the Student Government Association. From then on, the following year I got involved with “JWU First” (formerly known as WIGIS) as well as the Psychology Club. Getting involved on the JWU Denver Campus is not difficult. It may be scary, but it just comes down to whether or not you want to step out of your comfort zone.” — Ailyah Coleman ’18, student assistant, Orientation & First-Year Initiatives

“Being involved is all about showing up. Just being around clubs and organizations and going to their events is a great way to see the fruits of the labor that come from being involved, as well as a great way to meet people, have fun and make friends.” — Jaylin Roebuck ’18, resident assistant, member of Wildcat Media executive board and JWU Denver Mixed Martial Arts Club

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“Getting involved seems scary — but all you have to do is show up. Multiple organizations post flyers for community events, volunteer opportunities and even special events. Find an organization you like, then join in on the fun!” — Luke O’Bryan ’18, teaching assistant, College of Culinary Arts

CAMPUS NEWS LIVING THE WILDCAT WAY: MORE THAN WORDS The Wildcat Way has four principles for the JWU community to live by: pride, courage, character and community. And, if you ask JWU Denver Athletic Director Tom Byrnes, these ideals are integral within Wildcat athletics. “It can’t just be words, it has to be actions. It has to be attitudes.” said Byrnes. “[In athletics], we try our best every day to live up to these ideals of the university.” In March, Byrnes joined Wildcat Athletics as the JWU Denver athletic director and has been building momentum and recruiting players as the campus transitions to NCAA Division III this year. Throughout his 28-year career in intercollegiate athletics, including two decades in NCAA Division III, Byrnes has cultivated a vision of positive impact and relationships to build a strong culture of student-athletes, coaches, faculty, students and alumni. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to build the program at JWU, especially now that we are in the NCAA,” said Byrnes. “The previous administration did a great job to lay the foundation, to recruit great players, and go to some championships with AllAmerican athletes. Now, let’s make this an even better program, not only for our student-athletes but also something that our alumni and parents can be proud of.”

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EXPLORING EVENT MANAGEMENT WHILE ABROAD IN AUSTRALIA Summer is all about exploration and adventure, and that’s exactly what Sports, Entertainment, Event — Management student Leena Goulding ’18 found while studying abroad in Australia. In what she describes as a truly life-changing experience, Goulding was able to connect what she learned in the classroom to the event management industry in a foreign country.

“In the Australia program, we focus on the impact events and tourism have on cities. We traveled to Melbourne where we spent two weeks talking with a wide variety of industry professionals and experienced amazing cultural events that make Melbourne one of the event capitals of the world,” she said. Upcoming deadline for Spring Term ’18 Programs: November 15, 2017. Apply online at studyabroad.jwu.edu.

CAMPUS NEWS JWU DENVER ACHIEVES TREE CAMPUS USA® AWARD The Arbor Day Foundation recognized JWU Denver with the Tree Campus USA® designation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. JWU Denver joins 296 other campuses nationwide with this distinction.

UNITED AS ONE — FOSTERING CONNECTIONS AND COMMUNITY Three student organizations will be working in tandem this year to pursue a common goal: uniting students. The Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) represents residential students with specific programming and resources. RHA President Esai Gonzales ‘19 says student advocacy is his top priority this year. “We’re working on a way to make the residence halls better for our residents,” he said. The Campus Activity Board (CAB), led this year by Cameron Linden ‘18, focuses on creating events and recreational activities to foster community. “In hopes of bringing the campus closer, we plan on giving students the opportunity to hang out with fellow students,” he said. This year’s events include Wildcat Bash, Komedy Korner and open mic nights. For the Student Government Association (SGA) President Jacob Smith ‘19, this year’s focus will be SGA’s oneJWU initiative. “We want to strengthen the transparency between administration and students, increase awareness of SGA actions and current issues on campus, and invest in creating a more inclusive atmosphere on campus,” he said. JWU Family Connection | Fall 2017

“Many of these trees, plants and flowers have been residents since the founding of this campus; it is both humbling and inspirational to understand that each day, we are surrounded by living history,” said John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences Professor Sam Wells.

HOMECOMING & FAMILY WEEKEND DATE CHANGE Join us for a fun and exciting weekend, NOW OCTOBER 27–29, as we showcase the Wildcat Way. Visit the website for more information on events, tickets and more.



Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs Chef Jorge de la Torre, Dean of Culinary Education

WHAT YOU’LL NEED 6 large eggs 1 16-ounce can or jar of pickled beets, including liquid 1 cup apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon peppercorns (I used fiery pink peppercorns) 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon mayonnaise ½ teaspoon curry powder 1 tablespoon vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Fresh rosemary for garnish Makes 12

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METHOD OF PREPARATION 1. Hard boil eggs and remove shells. Set aside. 2. To prepare brine, pour pickled beets into large mason jar or bowl. Add cider vinegar, sugar, peppercorns and salt. Stir mixture. 3. Carefully (that beet juice will stain!) lower peeled eggs into brine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, or up to 3 days. (Note: The longer you leave them in the brine, the more sour and pink they’ll end up. I like just the rim of pink and slight pickled flavor, so I let mine sit about 16 hours.) 4. When done brining, cut each egg in half and scoop out yolks. Place yolks in a medium-sized bowl, along with the mustard, mayonnaise, curry powder, vinegar and olive oil. Mix and mash until smooth. Add a little bit of water to the mixture if too stiff. Salt and pepper to taste. 5. Using a pastry bag or plastic bag with the corner cut off, pipe the yolk mixture back into the pink eggs. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary and season with salt and pepper.

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JWU Family Connection | Denver Campus, Fall 2017  

JWU Family Connection | Denver Campus, Fall 2017