July 29, 2016



Congratulations to Zachary Powell, Tahliq Mills and Kathryn Brouillette for a job well done at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Great representatives of JWU and NSO!


July 28, 2016

SkillsUSA Competitor Angelina Jorge Shares Her Fear of Missing Out

Angelina's Rhode Island Skills USA Gold Medal for Collegiate Culinary Arts. Credit Image: Angelina Jorge

NSO student Angelina Jorge qualified to compete at the SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Conference that was held in Louisville, Kentucky in late June. Read her insightful blog in which she expresses her disappointment in not being able to compete due to a scheduling conflict with her study abroad experience in Costa Rica. 



July 05, 2016

NSO rallies to support 5K Walk


NSO rallies to support 5K Walk
By: Drew DuBoff



On Saturday, May 14th, friends, family and NSO members gathered for the first annual Bravest Lauren 5K Walk to support Lauren, a young girl diagnosed with two genetic conditions: Noonan Syndrome and Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT). Doctors believe she is the first person born with these two conditions. For this reason, friends, family and the Rhode Island community rally with her.

Noonan Syndrome is caused by a gene mutation and results in short stature and extremely low muscle tone. An estimated 2.8 million people worldwide have CMT, a type of neuropathy where nerves are damaged. Lauren has CMT Type 1A. At age 9, Lauren’s feet began to turn under, making it hard for her to walk. She underwent 2 surgeries this year to correct her feet, and as a result, she does not walk with pain anymore. While there is no cure for either genetic condition, the CMT Foundation indicates that there are drug tests in progress for CMT Type 1A.  

Lauren is 12 years old and loves the color pink, which is present on this year’s 5k Walk t-shirt. “That’s why we’re wearing it,” she says. Lauren hopes to study Baking & Pastry Arts at Johnson & Wales University in the future.

Her mother, Jeanne Blanchette, is a member of the University Admissions team and feels blessed and humbled that people are rallying with her daughter. It was her sister and brother-in-law, MaryBeth and Dave, who initially came up with the idea to help raise awareness. In the end, the idea transformed into a fundraiser for Lauren.

Blanchette, also an NSO advisor, saw the support of her JWU community, who attended the 5k Walk. Blanchette’s friend and fellow NSO advisor, Sandra Cardoza, expresses that she wants to help because “Lauren has such a great spirit. I like to help people that help others.”

Blanchette estimates that approximately 300 people attended the event, garnering $35,000 for future bills. As thunderous applause erupted when Lauren crossed the finish line, people were incredibly inspired to witness a young girl putting up a fight, one 5K at a time, and always with a smile on her face.


Contact: jblanchette@jwu.edu




May 17, 2016

Congratulations to Lexy!

 
Congratulations to NSO’s own Lexy Parsons for her election as
Student Government Association President! 

May 12, 2016

Congratulations to...


A big congratulations to Irving Martinez (pictured left) for receiving the Emerging Leader Award. Way to go Irving!

NSO was also nominated for Student Organization of the Year.
Other NSO members were nominated for various categories. Congrats to all who received nominations.

What a great way to end the year, great job everyone!

April 25, 2016

Congratulations to our International Career Development Conference Winners!

Forty National Student Organizations students  from the Providence Campus competed 
in DECA's International Career Development Conference (ICDC), April 16 - 19, in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to our medalists!

Thu Tran took second place in Hotel & Lodging

In addition, the following students were recognized for finishing in the top ten in their respective categories:


Todd Lind & Edyn Zapata-Montes deOca - Advertising Campaign

Eric Calabrese, Brandon Furtado & Tyler Parenti - Business Research

Erik Hansen & John Reardon - Event Planning

Aaron Horowitz - Hotel & Lodging

Drew DuBoff - Restaurant & Food Service Management

Alexandra Parsons - Sales Management Meeting




Great Job NSO Wildcats!


April 05, 2016

RI SkillsUSA Winners!

On Thursday night, March 24th, an awards program was held for the RI SkillsUSA competition. Every participant who placed gold has now qualified for SkillsUSA nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, this summer!
We're incredibly excited to announce the following:

Job Interview:
Gold - Joe Esposito  (pictured, right)
Silver - Lisa Willms
Architectural Drafting:
Silver - Brendan Thornton
Restaurant Service:
Gold - Tahliq Mills  (pictured, left)
Silver - William Kann
Commercial Baking:
Gold - Kathryn Brouillette
Silver - Josephine Wolfe
Bronze - Rebecca Zacamy
Culinary:
Gold - Angelina Jorge
Silver - Zachary Powell
Bronze - Michelle Lapaglia


Danielle O’Brien, SkillsUSA national officer (pictured, middle)
Congratulations to all of our JWU participants in the RI SkillsUSA competition! You all worked hard and did a fantastic job!