JWU News

Teaching Life Skills to NASCAR’s Next Generation

8/31/18 | For the 2nd year in a row, JWU Charlotte faculty stepped out of the classroom and into the world of NASCAR as part of a partnership with NASCAR Next.

The 2018 NASCAR Next program consists of 9 up-and-coming drivers from across the United States looking to ascend to NASCAR’s highest level.

Topics: Hospitality Charlotte

College of Online Education to Add 21 New Programs

3/27/18 | This fall, JWU will expand its online academic catalog, adding 21 new programs to its College of Online Education.

The addition of these programs, including recently announced doctorates in occupational therapy (OTD) and business administration (DBA), brings the university’s total online degree offerings to 56, more than half its 2022 goal of 90 programs.

Topics: Hospitality Business Graduate Programs

JWU Collaboration to Change North Carolina’s Outmoded Craft Beer Laws

11/21/17 | The legacy of the prohibitionist movement of the last century continues to have a significant impact on the development of the liquor industry in North Carolina. Legistlation drafted in the 1920s that was meant to cure the ills of society is today stopping entrepreneurs in their tracks and thwarting new hires. Tara Goulet '06, co-owner of Birdsong Brewery in the trendy NoDa district says, “We agree that there shouldn’t be an arbitrary cap on how much a resident brewer is allowed to distribute.”

Topics: Hospitality Charlotte

Gaylord Hotels Senior VP on Industry Growth and Career Longevity

2/7/17 | When Mike Stengel walked into The Great Hall at JWU’s Denver Campus, all eyes were on the front of the stage. And with good reason: Stengel is the senior vice president of Gaylord Hotels, where he oversees 8,400 employees and approximately 8,100 rooms across 5 properties.

Topics: Hospitality

Creating the Modern Airport Experience with Rick Blatstein

1/31/2017 | What do LaGuardia, O'Hare, and Newark airports all have in common? Aside from being major transportation hubs, they are all home to OTG “experiences” — concessions and restaurants that just happen to be strictly in airport spaces.

Topics: Hospitality Providence

‘Hospitality Is a People Business’: Paul Baldasaro '90

1/24/17 | Paul Baldasaro ‘90 says human capital is everything in the hospitality business. As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Home-Grown Industries, he develops and implements business strategies for Mellow Mushroom Pizza, a $375M+, 180+-unit pizza franchising business started in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1974.

Topics: Hospitality Charlotte

Take Ownership of Your Journey: Career Advice from Disney’s Maribeth Bisienere

12/20/16 | Maribeth Bisienere’s career path has been anything but linear. From her first post-college job as a housekeeper at a Colorado ski resort to her current role as Senior Vice President of Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Water Parks & Mini-Golf for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Bisienere learned everything she knows about hospitality by working “from the ground up.” She recently visited our Providence Campus to share some career advice with students in JWU’s Hospitality program.

Topics: Hospitality

Planning Pays Off: Lessons from JWU’s Student-Run Event Conference

10/27/16 | The Sports/Entertainment/Event Management program at Johnson & Wales University’s Providence Campus is the School of Hospitality’s largest, enrolling more than 900 students.

Each year, event management majors put their skills into action by organizing the SEEM Leadership Conference, which brings together trailblazers and emerging leaders from across the industry to share their career successes, advice and best practices.

Topics: Hospitality

‘Go Change the World’: Highlights from Commencement 2016

5/23/16 | Saturday, May 21, was an important day for Wildcats across all four of Johnson & Wales University’s campuses — almost 3,000 undergraduate degrees were awarded during JWU’s 2016 Commencement ceremonies.

Topics: Hospitality Culinary Arts Providence Alumni Commencement

A Tech Company with a Passion for Travel: Orbitz’s Hari Nair Visits JWU

4/13/16 | “My parents would be so proud people actually showed up to hear me speak!” Hari Nair, vice president and general manager of Orbitz.com and CheapTickets.com, joked before snapping a selfie on the stage of Schneider Auditorium.

Topics: Hospitality Providence Distinguished Visiting Professor