JWU Student Blogs

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Yay for cake and ice cream! #lifeofaJWUstudent

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Even after 3 years I still can’t win!

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Hotel visits

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Throw Back Thursday: Trend Board

I created this trend board on cotton for my visual merchandising class. My objective was to display spring 2012 trends using the natural fiber. I incorporated the seasonal pantone colors focusing on cockatoo (a light blue/green). With cotton, one of the most comfortable fabrics I was able to form fresh looks for spring!

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Baked Alaska today at JWU Charlotte!! Pics courtesy of my best friend Shaniqua!

Coastal Views

Ciao! Today I experience yet another amazing excursion. We drove along the coast and made our first stop at Crowne Plaza Stabiae Sorrento Coast. Located on a seaside promenade, in front of the Gulf of Naples, all rooms boast full or partial sea views! The modern contemporary hotel offers 150 rooms: 7 suites, 1 executive suite, 84 standard double, 34 superior, 5 terrace deluxe, 10 singles, and 9 rooms for disable guests. In fact, Crowne Plaza Stabiae is only one out of 7 Crowne Plaza hotels in Italia! Luca, the marketing manager, informed us that the property works closely with Collette Vacations! The company even has an office located right in Providence, Rhode Island. We learned from Luca that the Marriott Brand is repositioning itself, changing its trademark burgundy red color to one more similar to violet. He was kind enough to provide us informational pamphlets, which will give me something to do tonight!

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Today we got to hear a talk from Food Network’s Ben Vaughn. His life story is truly inspiring and had me wishing that I was able to talk to him more!

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Amsterdam

Nutrition Meets REAL LIFE?!

Hey all!!
I have been given a great opportunity to work in field before the degree. Recently I was given a position as a cook in an eating recovery center here in Denver, and let me tell you it is quite rewarding. While I am not able to talk about the patients and their business, I can say that it is an eye-opening experience. I want so badly to sit down with these young girls and boys and assure them they’re all special in every way possible.

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Throw Back Thursday!

I took this photo of my friend and class mate Anna Chesley back during my sophomore year on the first day of retail lab. Our assignment was to create something that you could wear only using the supplies our professor provided. Initially when I looked into the box of miscellaneous items the task seemed impossible. But once our creative juices started flowing we were able to design a clutch and statement necklace. I had a lot of fun doing this project, it taught me that it is important to be creative, use your imagination, and think outside the box!

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Truly Beautiful My Trullo of Mine, Alberobello and All.

Buona Sera!
Firstly, I had an eye opening experience in Puglia and especially in Lecce (No pun intended for those who understand). Before getting into my day in Puglia, I have came into the conclusion that Italy has been a wonderful study abroad destination for IHTM because Italy exudes hospitality. Italians are naturally so selfless and generous and they make the set perfect atmosphere for the industry we are in.
Back to Puglia: I woke up in our lovely and truly beautiful trullo in Alberbello. As a class, we each spent 3 nights at Trulli Holiday Resorts. In Alberobello we toured around and saw the variety of each trullo and what it was used for back in the day. There were

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Alberobello!

This past week our study abroad group spent five days in the Southern part of Italy, in the region of Puglia. On the second day of our trip we began our day waking up in the historic trulli huts in the city of Alberobello. These huts were built as home during the 19th century for peasants. They are very small and generally consisted of one open room that was shared by up to 13 people sometimes. The unique feature of the trulli huts is the cone shaped roofs that are often decorated with symbols dating back to the Paleolithic Era. These symbols were often markings to identify with your respective religion. It was interesting to find out that the original purpose of these homes were for poor peasants but today are becoming very popular homes that are selling at high prices. Most people who wish to live in a trullo purchase several connecting huts. This can get very costly because a single trullo alone ranges from 200,000 euros to around 500,000 euros. Our group was fortunate enough to be able to lodge with Trulli Holiday a property that owns multiple huts that are rented as hotel rooms. As a student studying in the industry it was refreshing to see such genuine true hospitality by the Trulli Holiday employees and other towns people.

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Finding your own way.

One of the most important things to do while at school is to find your own way. What i mean by this is that while it is important to get good grades and impress your teachers, it is also important to have a steady stream of fun an relaxation on the horizon so that you never get overwhelmed. Many ways to do this involve being in clubs and not forgetting to bring your current hobbies (no matter how silly they are) to school with you!

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Matera

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So it was Food Truck Thursday this week here on the Harborside Campus, a good 7-8 food trucks parked outside of the culinary building offering things from cases hot dogs, organic food, baked goods, and of course my favorite, the seafood truck. This became my cheat day for the next 2 weeks all in one meal but it was so worth it! My favorite fish n’ chips and clam cakes, yum!

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Shopping in Providence

When choosing what college to attend location is a major factor to consider. As a fashion major I wanted to pick a college that was near a wide variety of retailers not only for shopping but also for potential job/internship opportunities. Some may be surprised but you do not have to go to NYC… Providence has more shopping than you think! The Providence down city campus is conveniently located near the Providence Place Mall (only a ten minute walk) which is home to over fifty retailers. Some stores are: H&M, Love Culture, Arden B, J.crew, DSW, Victoria Secret, Michael Kors, and Nordstrom’s. Having the mall so close has helped me with many of my projects such as analyzing visual displays for my visual merchandising class, to apparel quality analysis, and even comparing retailers. Providence is also home to many boutiques found on streets like Thayer, Wickenden, Wayland Square, and the historic Federal Hill. Stores such as Alex and Ani, Queen of Hearts, Modern Love, Domaine, Clover, Style 21, Craftland, Andrea Valentini, Zuzu’s Petals, J.Mclaughlin, Lola’s, Second Time Around, Modmama, Detail’s, Sneaker Junkies, Dorothy Williams, Diva’s Palace are all close to campus. Who would have thought so many retailers could be located in such a small city?

Great programs, amazing individuals

One thing I really like about the JWU campus here in Denver is the mentality of diligence for change that the people share. One of my fellow RAs here on campus named Meg is someone who is making it happen.

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Nothing like a walk to the bay on a fine day here in Providence :)

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Hey all! Hope spring has finally come your way! Some days the nice weather has made it here to Sweden, but it’s still a bit nippy!

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A chocolate demo at the Charlotte campus this past Friday! It was pretty awesome.

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darabarto:

While in Paris, I also had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Natural History at the Jardin de Plantes. What an awesome museum! It was technologically advanced yet user friendly in every way. My little cousins and I had such fun exploring the many exhibitions and learning about ancient, exotic, and endangered animals and plants.

-Dara Barto

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darabarto:

This past weekend I visited my family in Paris. What an experience! I have been lucky enough to go several times so I felt less pressure to see all of the tourist attractions. Instead I was able to enjoy some family time and visit some more of the out-of-the way attractions. This is a picture of Chateau de Chantilly. The castle is famed for its art collections as well as its equally beautiful stables. Of course, I enjoyed a lot of Chantilly Cream with Belgian Waffles while in the city.

-Dara Barto

Swedish Hikes

Hey all!

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Rome

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This week we went on an excursion to Capri we toured Grand Hotel Quisisana, this 5-star resort is a vacation spot for many well-known celebrities. We saw a guest room that had excellent views of the sea and the properties elegant terrace featuring a pool side restaurant and bar.

It was amazing to see how the hotel staff is skillfully trained on how to pay very fine detail to their guests every want or need. The sales manager who gave us the tour of Quisisana seemed to have a lot of knowledge and experience with his profession. Throughout the tour he would tell us a few stories about the people he has met and the celebrities he catered to you can clearly tell he is passionate about what he does.

Throughout our hospitality curriculum we have learned about the different types of services and standards offered throughout various hotel brands, Quisisana offers a unique and high-level of customer service. Our textbook knowledge is finally being taken out of the “classroom” environment and being applied in a much more “real-world” environment.

~Arrivederci!

Ryan Kelly

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