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Reunion is returning to JWU Providence! This will be one of our first in-person events since 2019, so it's truly going to be the party of the year. We're excited for Reunion classics like Taste of JWU and the Bayside Bash. We're also introducing new events, including a chocolate tasting and disco brunch. 

Tickets

Tickets for Reunion 2022 are available now! You can register for individual events or purchase a weekend pass for $110 (including a $5 donation to the JWU Fund).

Virtual tickets are available for two events on Saturday, A Peek into the Future of Food and Chocolate: Spice Up Your Life. Click the a la carte registration option to purchase.

Event Schedule

Friday, June 10

Downcity Campus Tour, 4-4:45 pm
*included in weekend pass; free for a la carte purchases 

See what's changed Downcity!
 
Harborside Campus Tour, 4-4:45 pm
*included in weekend pass; free for a la carte purchases 
See what's changed on the Harborside Campus!
 

Distinguished Alumni Awards, 5-6:30 pm
*not included in weekend pass; $20 per person (includes $5 donation to the JWU Fund) 
Join us in celebrating this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. We’ll honor alumni in three categories: Outstanding Achievement, Alumni Service and G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade). 

Outstanding Achievement Award: Clay Snyder ’93, ’15 Hon., senior director, business development,
Hilton Supply Management
Alumni Service Award: Elána Frazier ’13, project manager, Thomas P. Miller & Associates
G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade) Award: Jasmine Turner ’16, brand manager, Procter & Gamble
 
Opening Reception, 7-9 pm
*included in weekend pass; a la carte $30 per person (includes $5 donation to the JWU Fund) 
Your faculty are looking forward to catching up! Mingle and learn what's new with your department and the university. As the weekend opener, the Opening Reception is the perfect time to rekindle old connections and make new ones. 

Saturday, June 11

Equine Tour, 9:30 am - 12 pm
*included in weekend pass; free for a la carte purchases 
Curious about what goes on at the barn? Want to check out the horses? Take a trip to our equine facility and learn a bit more about the program. Transportation will be provided. 
 
College of Hospitality Management: Past, Present and Future, 9:30 - 10:30 am
*included in weekend pass; free for a la carte purchases 
The College of Hospitality Management is celebrating 50 years! Join faculty and staff as we take a walk down memory lane and explore what the future holds. Join us as we revisit the past, reconnect with the present and learn about the future of the college.
 

Experience Today’s JWU: Program Tour & Faculty Chat, 10:30 am - 12 pm
*included in weekend pass; free for a la carte purchases 
Talk a walking tour of the newest (and up-and-coming) lab spaces on the Downcity campus, while hearing from faculty about their programs. The tour includes: 

Cannabis Entrepreneurship
Cannabis Entrepreneurship collides the worlds of science, business, economics and entrepreneurship together to evaluate the rapidly growing and evolving landscape of the cannabis industry. You’ll learn about the program from its faculty and see how students are taught the science. *Cannabis is a Schedule I drug according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The Cannabis Entrepreneurship program will not include any handling of or direct contact with any illegal products or derivatives. The discussions and practice will be hypothetical, as with many of the other current JWU course offerings. Plants, such as tomatoes, hemp, coleus, etc., that share common characteristics of the psychoactive cannabis species, will be used in hypothetical modeling.         

Center for Media Production  
At the Center for Media Production you’ll see their writing, recording and editing labs. Experience an immersive special effects video demonstration and then step up to the microphone to the podcasting studio to record promotional spots which will be used “on air” by JWU Live, our campus radio station. 

Fashion & Retail Lab 
Visit the Fashion Retail lab where Fashion Merchandising students experience a simulated corporate retail environment under the supervision of faculty with industry expertise. Observe where students conduct retail operations such as market analysis, trend forecasting, merchandise buying, visual merchandising and product development. 
 
A Peek into the Future of Food, 10:30 am - 12 pm
*included in weekend pass; free for a la carte purchases. 
In the Fall of 2020, JWU launched the College of Food Innovation & Technology (CFIT) to connect health, technology, business and policies that will shape the future of food by defining its powerful role in people’s lives and its impact on our world. This college will help take JWU to the next level as the food industry continues to evolve. As alumni, we want you to be at the forefront of these changes and learn more about what today’s students are being taught. At this demonstration and discussion, you’ll meet the college’s new dean, Jason R. Evans, Ph.D., and learn about the intersection of food and technology from a group of JWU chefs who look at modern approaches to classic techniques, innovative ways to be sustainable and how food fuels performance both on and off the athletic fields. 
**If you can't make it to Providence, you can join in virtually by selecting the "Virtual Ticket" option via a la carte registration (includes $2 donation to the JWU Fund)
 
Taste of JWU, 12:30-3 pm
*included in weekend pass; a la carte $50 per person (includes $5 donation to the JWU Fund) 
A Reunion favorite, don’t miss this annual food and wine tasting at a new location! You’ll have the chance to sample bites from alumni chefs and taste wines from around the country. Chefs include: Champe Speidel '01, '16 Hon., Persimmon Restaurant - Providence, RI; Matthew Varga '05, Ellie’s – Providence, RI; Christopher Viaud ’12, Ansanm – Milford, NH; Tab Volpe ’11, Barbara Lynch Collective – Boston, MA; Brian Dinan '14, '15 MBA, Los Andes – Providence, RI; Aarthi Sampath, New York, NY; Ken Watt '88, '18 MBA, Johnson & Wales University – Providence, RI; Sanjiv Dhar '90 MS and Santosh Shanbhag '09, Rasa – various locations, RI; Martin Murch ’90, Good Eats Group – Chicago, IL…and more to come!
 
Shakin' It Up: Craft Cocktails, 3-4:30 pm (EVENT IS SOLD OUT)
*included in weekend pass; a la carte $15 per person (includes $2 donation to the JWU Fund) 
We're shaking and stirring up Reunion with a craft cocktail tasting! Andrew Greenleaf ’17, ’18 MBA, Professor Jim Griffin, Ed.D ’88, ’92 MS and Liz Smith ’15 will share the latest trends and movements from sustainability to cocktails fortified with healthy infusions. You’ll have the chance to sample their delicious and creative cocktails with spirits sponsored by Bully Boy. 
 
Chocolate: Spice Up Your Life, 3-4:15 pm
*included in weekend pass; a la carte $15 per person (includes $2 donation to the JWU Fund); virtual ticket $10 per person (includes $2 donation to the JWU Fund) 
Just about everyone loves chocolate, but how well can you describe your chocolate taste experience? Enjoy this interactive tasting session, led by Aura Fajardo Quintero ’17, chocolatier, and owner of Aura’s Chocolate Bar. She'll take you on a flavor journey of chocolates made with Latin American beans from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Ecuador. She’ll also show you how chocolate can be spiced up with other flavors such as salt, spices and flowers. 
**If you can't make it to Providence, you can join in virtually by selecting the "Virtual Ticket" option via a la carte registration. We'll be sending you the chocolates so you can taste along with the presentation. 
 
North Miami and Denver Alumni Reception, 6:30-7:30 pm
*included in weekend pass; a la carte $40 per person (includes $5 donation to the JWU Fund) 
You may be missing your physical campus, but you will always be a Wildcat for life! Reunite with old friends and meet new ones who share the same fond JWU memories. *Admission to this event automatically grants you access to the Bayside Bash.*
 
College of Hospitality Management 50th Anniversary Celebration, 6:30-7:30 pm
*included in weekend pass; a la carte $40 per person (includes $5 donation to the JWU Fund) 
Are you a graduate of the College of Hospitality Management? Then this event is for you! Come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college. Take this time to reconnect with fellow alumni overlooking the bay!
*Admission to this event automatically grants you access to the Bayside Bash.*
 
Bayside Bash, 7:30-11 pm
*included in weekend pass; a la carte $40 per person (includes $5 donation to the JWU Fund) 
The Bayside Bash is making its triumphant return to the waterfront! Head to the Harborside campus for the party we've all been waiting for. We'll be playing your favorite throwback songs and there will be plenty of delicious food to enjoy. 

Sunday, June 12

Disco Brunch, 10 am-12 pm
*not included in weekend pass; $20 per person (includes $5 donation to the JWU Fund) 
We're switching it up this year! To go along with this year's tagline, "reunited and it feels so good", we're throwing it back to the days of disco. If you're familiar with our jazz brunch, this event will feature the same great food and company with music from the disco era.

Accommodations

Aloft Providence Downtown
Standard room, $179/night, two-night minimum
Must book by Friday, May 13 to receive the discounted rate. Book now.

Graduate Providence
King deluxe room, $209/night
Jr. suite (two king beds), $229/night
Must book by Wednesday, May 11 to receive the discounted rate. Book now

Homewood Suites by Hilton Providence Downtown
$195/night, two-night minimum
Must book by Friday, May 6 to receive the discounted rate. Book now.

Radisson Hotel Providence Airport (Warwick, RI)
Deluxe room, $99/night
Executive suite, $119/night
Must book by Friday, May 20 to receive the discounted rate. Book now: https://www.radissonhotelsamericas.com/en-us/booking/room-display/index.html?checkInDate=2022-06-10&checkOutDate=2022-06-12&adults%5B%5D=1&children%5B%5D=0&searchType=pac&promotionCode=ALUMNI&hotelCode=RIPROAIR.

Transportation

During Reunion, all attendees can ride Wildcat Wheels by presenting their Reunion name tag.

COVID-19 Information

Currently, visitors are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 prior to coming to campus.  You may be required to do the same depending on restrictions at the time. We will update you on the policies as we get closer to the event. 

Taste of JWU is one of Reunion's signature events. Check out this recap from Reunion 2019 to get an idea of what's to come!