JWU College of Arts & Sciences

Making Votes Count: Secretary of State Gorbea Talks Election Security

Election security is a complex issue — and as the 2020 election cycle revs up, a crucial one to understand from multiple angles. To help his students grasp the big picture, Assistant Professor Kevin DeJesus invited Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea to speak to Political Science and Criminal Justice students about statewide efforts to ensure safe, confidential voting — particularly in the face of emerging cybersecurity threats.

Topics: Political Science Interdisciplinary

The Power of Communication in Conflict

Today’s world is full of conflict and demands for opinions. Whether it's 24-hour news cycles or pressures to pick a political side, almost no topic, however benign, seems to be off-limits for debate.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Interdisciplinary Academics Gender Equity Communication

Lights, Camera, Action! Welcome to JWU’s Center for Media Production

An arsenal of high-end video and photo equipment, two light-controlled studios, a soundproofed podcast studio, two editing suites, a writer’s room and 24 powerful Mac Pro work stations. These are just some of the features that JWU’s new Center for Media Production has to offer.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Media & Communication Studies

Save Time. Save Money. Stand Out.

Who says it has to take four years to earn an undergraduate degree? And why spend six years earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree when it can be done in five? Or why not start a law degree early, or prepare for medical school while completing an undergraduate degree?

With any number of accelerated pathways, JWU undergraduate students can do just this — saving money and time — and gaining a competitive edge upon entering the workforce.

Topics: Business Physician Assistant Studies Health & Wellness Graduate Programs Arts & Sciences Counseling + Psychology MBA Occupational Therapy Academics

JWU Hosts International Film Festival

There’s always something going on at JWU — even in the summer.

From August 7-10, JWU hosted screenings for the world-renowned Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), a film festival that has taken place in Providence for the last 23 years. RIIFF brings filmmakers from all over the world to Rhode Island in celebration of independent filmmaking. It’s a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards in three categories (Live Action Short, Animation Short and Documentary Short), meaning their grand prize selections in these categories are considered for Oscar nominations. In other words, they’re kind of a big deal in the filmmaking world.

Topics: Providence Media & Communication Studies

Paul Sylvestre: A Positive Force for JWU

Samantha Aspinwall '19 (Fashion Merchandising & Retail) and Brooklyn Estremera '19 (Graphic Design) wrote this profile as part of an assignment for Professor Marian Gagnon’s Introduction to News Writing course this spring.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Criminal Justice Faculty

Finding Beauty in Science at JWU

Three years ago, a prospective biology student visited the John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation during Accepted Student Day. As one of only two potential biology candidates, Madelyn King ’19 received a personal tour thanks to Associate Professor Michael Budziszek, Ph.D. “In the midst of him touring me around the property, we discussed and came across my love for art,” she says. “I told him that I had completed some anatomy drawings in high school, and he said, ‘send them my way.’ I did.” And that is how the Arts in Sciences club at JWU began — before she even enrolled in the program.

Topics: Biology Arts & Sciences

Making an Impact: Changing the Economy, One Wildcat at a Time

How much of an impact can JWU students have on the local economy? Can they really affect change when it comes to policy-making? According to Lieutenant Governor Dan McKee, JWU students can and do hold the power — and all it takes to improve the economy is a little grassroots involvement.

Topics: Arts & Sciences Political Science Economics

The Path to JWU’s PA Program: Anthony DiMauro '19

Anthony DiMauro’s path to medicine started before he even realized it; as a high-school athlete, he found himself in the orthopedist’s office quite often with broken bones. Despite the circumstances that brought him there, he found that he enjoyed seeing his x-rays up on the screen and learning where the breaks were, how they affected growth plates, and more. By his final year of high school at Bishop Hendricken, he was shadowing a doctor in his hometown of Johnston, RI for his senior project. He enjoyed the experience so much that he continued on with it in his first few years of college.

Topics: Biology Health & Wellness Arts & Sciences

Student Research Shines in Academic Symposium

Experiential education is, at its core, interaction — interaction with a field of study, a skill set, or a colleague or mentor. A big part of classroom work, however, involves papers and research projects — things that aren’t always so interactive. So how does Johnson & Wales challenge that typical learning model?

Topics: Arts & Sciences Academic Symposium