JWU Student Blogs

JWU ADTEAM Visits Hill Holliday and CEO Karen Kaplan

The JWU student ADTEAM and Ad Club received an invitation from Hill Holliday, a prestigious, national advertising agency based in Boston, Massachusetts, to visit and take a tour there this past November. The visit included a panel presentation by Hill Holliday representatives, including a JWU alumnus, and the chance to meet and talk with Hill Holliday Chairman and CEO Karen Kaplan, one of the few female CEOs/chairmen in the US.

Topics: Graphic Design Advertising & Marketing Media Studies Providence Johnson & Wales University Business Engineering + Design Arts & Sciences ADTEAM

Africa or Bust! My Fall FAM Tour Experience        

Matt Spalding and student Alexandra Edwards at The Boma in Zimbabwe

As a student enrolled in the Tourism & Hospitality Management program at JWU, I had an amazing opportunity to travel abroad as part of the Tour Management Operations course’s FAM (Familiarization) Tour. Every student enrolled in the Tourism & Hospitality Management program takes this course before they graduate, and every term, students travel to a different destination. Our destination was Africa — South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana to be exact. Besides brief stops during cruises, this was my first time leaving the United States. That in itself was a WOW factor; my first trip abroad was to Africa! I never thought my first trip outside of the US would be to Africa out of all of the places in the world, but I am glad it was. I am also fortunate I got to experience it with fellow peers who I grew so close to during the trip. It was truly an indescribable feeling of happiness and accomplishment.

Topics: Hospitality Study Abroad Providence International Travel & Tourism

How My Dog Taught Me to Balance My Student-Work-Family Life

It’s a cold December morning in Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island. It’s only 23 degrees at 6am and Maggie, my dog, my copilot, my sidekick, is up ahead sniffing a pile of leaves. Her tail is erect and proudly wagging back and forth as she digs her giant snout deeper into that leaf pile. I wonder what story it’s telling her. I call her name — “Maggie!” — only to be ignored. Whatever she smells is much more important than me. “Let’s go!” Finally she lifts her head, looks in my direction, and begins galloping back to me in a fit of joy and excitement. Her mouth is agape, tongue lolling to the side and bouncing up and down as she runs. I have to bend my knees slightly and not move because her staggering 146 pounds will knock my feet out from under me if I get in her way. She comes to a complete and quick stop in front of me, and looks up at me inquisitively (“What do you want?”) and I say, “Come on, girl, let’s go.”

Topics: Providence Graduate Programs MBA

Ready to Run the Family Bakery: Boulangerie St.  Antoine

I was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, and spent much of my time in a small, traditional Haitian bakery, Boulangerie Street Antoine, owned by my parents. They started the business 22 years ago, right around the time I was born. My mother, with just a high school diploma, and my father, with an associate degree that he earned in Haiti, gave it their all from the start and are still running a successful business to this day.

Topics: Culinary Arts Providence Baking & Pastry Arts

ADTEAM Begins Work for New Client: Ocean Spray

My name is Maddy Hernandez, and I’ve had the incredible privilege of working as a research strategist on Johnson & Wales University’s student-run advertising agency, Candlelight Communications. I am an Advertising & Marketing Communications major, and I’m working to complete my degree in the upcoming year.

Topics: Advertising & Marketing Providence