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Reunion 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019 1:00 PM - Sunday, April 28, 2019 1:30 PM
Time Zone: America/New_York
Local Time: Friday, April 26, 2019 1:00 PM - Sunday, April 28, 2019 1:30 PM

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Welcome JWU Alumni to Reunion 2019 in Providence!

Whether you're returning to campus for the first time since graduation or you visit often, this is YOUR weekend.

Reunion weekend is full of fun, exciting and informative events that will make you remember all the things you love about JWU. Reconnect with classmates and faculty, engage with current students, and experience the growth and evolution of our campus.

Take in all that Reunion has to offer with a Weekend Pass, the most cost-effective ticket option. Or, select the events you wish to attend "a la carte" and purchase tickets individually. Special Early Bird pricing for the Weekend Pass is available for a limited time!

Register now or continue reading for more information. We can't wait to celebrate with you at Reunion!



Full Schedule
see below for detailed event descriptions

Friday, April 26

1pm - 3:30pm: E-Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
5pm - 6:30pm: Distinguished Alumni Awards (not included in Weekend Pass)
7pm - 9pm: Opening Reception

Saturday, April 27

9am - 10:45am: Equine Facility Tour
9am - 10:45am: Residential Life Alumni Meetup
10am - 10:45am: Tea Tasting
10am - 10:45am: PA Building Tour
10:15am - 10:45am: Accounting & Finance Lab Tour
11am - 12:30pm: Cat Chat
1pm - 3pm: Taste of JWU
3:15pm - 4:30pm: Hands-On Pastry Demo
3:15pm - 4:45pm: What the Hive is Going On?
3:30pm - 4:45pm: TA/Fellow/MDP Wine Tasting
6pm - 7:30pm: Affinity Group Reunion Celebration (includes ticket to The Big Party)
7pm - 11pm: The Big Party

Sunday, April 28

10am - 12pm: Jazz & Champagne Brunch
12:15pm - 1:15pm: Harborside Campus Tour
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Downcity Campus Tour



Event Descriptions

E-center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Be a part of the first event of Reunion Weekend on Friday afternoon! Starting with our founders, Gertrude Johnson and Mary T. Wales, JWU has always been an institution that embraces the grit and determination needed to be a successful leader. To help cultivate the leaders of tomorrow, the JWU e-Center is moving to a new space on campus. Be part of this historic moment and join faculty, staff and students to celebrate the new e-Center location.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Celebrate the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards winners for their contributions to JWU and their industries. This year's winners are Allison Pangakis '08, T.J. Delle Donne '04, '07 MAT and Joe Chiovera '86. Learn more about their achievments and help us congratulate them at the reception on Friday evening. PLEASE NOTE, this event is NOT included in the Weekend Pass. Please select this event separately during the checkout process.

Opening Reception
Kick off the Reunion 2019 celebration on Friday night! Reconnect with classmates and faculty while enjoying views of Narragansett Bay.

Equine Facility Tour
Curious about what goes on at the barn? Want to meet our horses? Take a ride to the JWU Equine Facility to learn more about the award-winning program. Transportation to and from the barn will be provided.

Residential Life Alumni Meetup
::KNOCK KNOCK:: "RA KEYING IN" Did you ever say these words? Residential Life alumni are invited to a blast through the past! Take a tour of your old residence hall, including properties no longer in use by JWU. Chat with current RAs to see how far our department has come and the new changes we have made (we now even allow pets in the halls). This event is open to former Residential Life alumni only.

Tea Tasting
Enjoy a tasting and flavor profile experience with specialty teas from around the world. This event is presented by faculty from the Food & Beverage Management department.

PA Building Tour
The Center for Physician Assistant Studies is one of the newest buildings on the Downcity campus. Take a tour of this state-of-the-art facility and learn about the growing PA program.

Accounting & Finance Lab Tour
Learn how students prepare for Wall Street at JWU. The Finance Center includes a data wall with local news, real-time stock info, live electronic ticker tape, real-time securities info and a soundproofed conference room. Learn more about the Finance & Investment Academy from current students and how they're using these professional-grade resources.

Cat Chat
Join us for the second annual Cat Chat, a TED Talk-style event featuring alumni and faculty experts. Explore trending industry topics and how the university is preparing students for the future. Presenters and topics will be announced soon!

Taste of JWU
Join us for this fan-favorite food and wine extravaganza! Sample bites from 15 alumni chefs and taste wines from around the country. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Alumni chefs and participants include:

  • Chef Eric Adjepong '10 - Pinch & Plate
  • Chef Adrienne Wright '07 - Boston Urban Hospitality
  • Chef Tab Volpe '11 - No. 9 Park
  • Tobey Sanborn '97 - Hemenway's
  • Chef Robert Sisca '03 - Bistro du Midi
  • Chef Ken Watt '88, '18 MBA - Johnson & Wales University
  • and more . . .

Hands-On Pastry Demo
Roll up your sleeves and learn a new skill from the students of the Pastry Arts Club! Cookie decorating will take place in the Cintas Dining Room.

What the Hive is Going On?
Since 2017, JWU has been “beekeeping” as part of the College of Culinary Arts sustainability curriculum and the student group “Bee the Change”. Don’t miss this interactive, educational sensory and tasting workshop from our in-house apiarist. Participants will also walk to the JWU hives, weather permitting.

TA/Fellow/MDP Wine Tasting
Calling all TA, Fellow and MDP alumni! Join Associate Professor and Department Chair Ed Korry for an informal celebration and wine tasting. Reminisce with fellow members of this special alumni community while enjoying a variety of fine wines. This event is open to TA/Fellow/MDP alumni only.

Affinity Group Reunion Celebration
Residential Life, Greeks, TAs/Fellows/MDPs and Ed.D. alumni—reconnect and celebrate with the members of your groups! Prior to The Big Party, you're invited to an exclusive gathering of alums who shared your JWU experience. The event is open to Residential Life alumni, Greek alumni, TA/Fellow/MDP alumni and Ed.D. alumni only. Admission to this event automatically grants you access to The Big Party, so you do NOT need to register for both.

The Big Party
The biggest party of the weekend will feature live music by What Matters?, delicious food and drinks, and plenty of familiar faces. Bring your dance moves to The Pavilion at Grace for an epic night. If you register for the Affinity Group Reunion Celebration, you do NOT need to register for The Big Party.

Jazz & Champagne Brunch
Continue the celebration on Sunday morning at the champagne brunch, complete with an upbeat jazz band! Spend a few more hours at JWU before wrapping up the weekend.

Harborside Campus Tour
Not ready to head home yet? Take a tour of our Harborside Campus and see what's new and what you might have missed during the weekend.

Downcity Campus Tour
Not ready to head home yet? Take a tour of our Downcity Campus and see what's new and what you might have missed during the weekend.




A special JWU alumni rate for Reunion Weekend has been arranged at the following hotels:

Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown
58 Weybosset Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 608-3500
Book now

Providence Biltmore
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 421-0700
Group Reservation Code: 1904JWUREU
Book now


Location: JWU Providence
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903
Fees: Weekend Pass - $65 (Early Bird Price)
A la carte events - various
Contact: Liza Gentile 18 MBA
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