December 02, 2014


Back by popular demand, the Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference will be held on JWU’s Downcity Campus on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Join fellow JWU NSO students and peers from schools throughout the Northeast for this fun day of competitive events, workshops, an awards program and more.
Register by Dec. 19 for just $5! (Rate rises to $10 after Dec. 19; Jan. 23 is final registration deadline.) Regional conference winners and participants may be invited to attend DECA, SkillsUSA, and PBL nationals. If you have any questions, contact the NSO office at 598-2345.
We hope you will join us!

November 24, 2014

JWU NSO Goes to NYC: Collegiate Leadership Academy

With busy streets, global companies, and buildings kissing the sky; New York City is the epicenter of the business world, and JWU NSO took the Big Apple by storm last weekend, Nov. 13 - 15.

DECA hosted the Collegiate Leadership Academy (CLA) at Hotel Pennsylvania. CLA gave NSO members a sneak peek into the worlds of global fashion, business, entertainment, and marketing leaders.  Members participated in tracks for Advertising, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, International Business & Finance, Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, and Hospitality & Culinary Arts. Students in each track spent time touring major companies in their respective industry and participated in a case study competition.

Company visits included Brand Union, Bloomingdales, Bloomberg, NASDAQ, and Radio City Music Hall.

“The companies we saw were really amazing,” said Joe Esposito.  “I got to see Bloomberg and the New York Stock Exchange. Did you know Bloomberg is not just finance but it is actually Finance and Television? I actually got to see Michael Bloomberg which was really cool!”

“It was incredible to get a glimpse into the world of big-brand marketing at Brand Union, more specialized operations at a boutique agency, and in-house marketing at Sweetriot,” said TJ Lind. “It blew me away how diverse the marketing industry is and to see the immense opportunity.”

Perhaps one of the biggest takeaways from CLA was networking. Hundreds of student leaders from every corner of the country met and worked together at this conference.

Finally, after the conclusion of business tours, case-study presentations, and networking events, everyone gathered in the grand ballroom for CLA’s closing session. Johnson & Wales students took home first place in three out of four events at the conference--no easy feat.

Johnson & Wales left our mark on the 2014 Collegiate Leadership Academy. This is just the beginning, though. DECA ICDC is around the corner, and it’s shaping up to be a big year for us

November 03, 2014

Wondering What Has Been Going On With NSO?

Join us for an NSO Members Meeting:

When:  November 10th at 7:30pm

Where:  Room 248 of the Friedman Center
Harborside Campus

This meeting is open to all members in any part of NSO.
See you there!

October 21, 2014

CAA at the Color Run

CAA's main event this year has been the Color Run, in which over 3 days, Oct 3-5th had somewhere between 10-15 volunteers.  Although the event was the Color Run, CAA works with the Partnership for Providence Parks, a non-profit here in Providence, so volunteer duties ranged from runner sign in/bib pick up, stationed color tossers, road managers, spinning cotton candy, and facilitating a "park wish" art project before and after the run. In helping the Partnership gain volunteers through CAA, and CAA's efforts to get JWU's classes and communities get involved, they were able to have over 2,000 volunteers, and received over $8,000 from the Color Run! 

October 20, 2014

Six Flags Fun

Not even a steady rain could dampen NSO students’ Six Flags spirits on Saturday, Oct. 4. Forty-nine students traveled from JWU to Agawam, Mass., ready to tackle Goliath, Bizarro, and more. After enjoying lunch and getting a couple of rides in, students had to re-board the buses when the park closed due to weather. Fortunately, all received a voucher to return under sunnier skies.

In these photos taken at Six Flags, NSO students Jacqueline Lynch, Dani Pluskalowski, and Brianna Portelli pose with new friends while taking cover from the rain

October 02, 2014

Dues Reminder

To guarantee your NSO scholarship's renewal, you are required to contribute$75 for membership dues each year.  Membership dues help support the valuable activities offered by NSO.  They entitle you to automatic membership in our organizations and free or discounted rates on NSO- related activities, including travel. 
How to Make Your Payment:
Option 1:  Visit Student Financial Services (Downcity or Harbobrside) to pay in person.
Option 2: Call Student Financial Services at 1-800-343-2565 or 401-598-1468 and pay with a credit card.
*NSO dues payment cannot be combined with tuition payments
*NSO scholarship recipients who do not pay their dues by the end of the first term jeopardize their scholarship awards will incur a late fee.  

August 25, 2014

This is Going to be a Great Year for JWU NSO!

NSO Kick-off Informational Meetings-
Find out how NSO works at JWU. Enjoy an opportunity to network with new & old friends, NSO faculty advisors and staff. Refreshments will be provided.  

Sunday, Sept. 21
6:30 p.m. Wildcat Center (Harborside Campus)
Tuesday, Sept. 23
4:00 p.m. Pepsi Forum, Wales Hall (Downcity)

July 27, 2014

Congratulations to Beau Cobb!

NSO would like to congratulate our own Beau Cobb for being named PBL National President for the upcoming year!

Community Action Association's Adventure in Sustainability

This summer five students from NSO's Community Action Association traveled abroad to Sydney, Australia to learn more about sustainability and all that Sydney's culture has to offer. Click the link below to learn more about their adventure.

May 05, 2014


Competing against more than 1,200 peers from across the country and around the world, 38 Johnson & Wales Providence students proved they are among the best at this year’s Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference. This 53rd annual event, dedicated to leadership, professional development, and competition, was held April 23rd-26th in Washington, D.C. While all student participants are winners, we recognize the following national finalists:

First place:
         Alexa Duquette: Fashion Merchandising & Marketing         
Robert Santa: Restaurant & Food Service Management
Second place:
Alicia Casiano & Brandon Hill: Business to Business Marketing
Top 10:
James Cobb: Sales Management Meeting
Emily Hattub & Rebecca Scarpato: International Marketing
Patrick Rhodes & Robert Richards: Sports & Entertainment Marketing      
Nicole Sigal & Todd Lind: Business to Business Marketing
Louis Collado & Emmanuel Marseille: Financial Statement Analysis
Tyler Guy: Banking Financial Services
Kathleen Sands: Travel-Tourism (High Test Score)
Congratulations to all!

April 29, 2014

NSO Students Become Teachers: JA in a Day

Junior Achievement Goes to a Local Elementary School

The Junior Achievement Program recently gave Johnson & Wales University students a chance to participate in a program called JA in a Day. During this program students were teachers for a day at Robert Kennedy Elementary School, located in Providence. Participants taught children ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade.

However, before they could become teachers students had to learn what it meant to be a teacher. To do this, students attended a training session in mid-February to prepare. Each student, with a group of partners, was given a class they were to teach for the day. Each group was given a bag full of lesson plans, books, and gifts for each of the students.

When the day finally arrived to teach it was hard to tell who was more excited, the children, program teachers, the actual teachers. It was a full day, 8a.m. to 2p.m.  The Johnson & Wales students were not only teaching, but also learning from the kids. They got to hear what they liked about school, what they wanted to be when they grow up, and their favorite animals.

The opportunity these students we were given to work with Junior Achievement is one that most will never forget. Whether it was just a smile on a child’s face or hearing them relate an aspect from a story, each part of the day was a heartwarming and enjoyable experience.

April 01, 2014

Rebuild the Shore

For many, spring break, is a time to get away; a time to relax and regroup before the beginning of a new trimester.  But, for a group of dedicated students, it was a chance to make a difference.  Alternative spring break is a volunteer program offered to Johnson and Wales students, 2014's called Rebuild the Shore.  This year students spent time in New Jersey, rebuilding houses destroyed by Sandy.  This is what NSO member Samantha Riley thought about her experience.

      The trip was honestly one of the best weeks of my life. It was an eye-opening, inspiring and extremely empowering experience that affected me physically, mentally and emotionally. I did not know how much the trip would affect me until afterwards and that was one hundred and ten percent correct. I left behind the old me in Newark, New Jersey and brought back the new me to school. I am now someone who is not afraid to stand up for a cause I believe in, a strong leader, I appreciate everything and live each day to the fullest. The new me can also put up insulation and dry wall sheets confidently by myself. I could not have said or done that before this trip.
      I would do another trip like this in a heartbeat. Throughout the week the Rebuild the Shore group had the opportunity to meet and hear the stories of people that were affected by the storm. Despite all the destruction, everyone we talked to were the most optimistic and positive people. The close-knit group of eight other students and two advisers became like family to me and I cannot have imagined going on the trip with anyone else. Those people were the ones who gave me words of encouragement, supported, pushed me to be the best, and had me laughing and smiling the entire trip. One quote on the wall at Jakeabob's summed up the entirety of the week and the overall mindset of all the people down at the Jersey Shore, it said, "Dear Sandy, You can't wash away hope, you only watered it so more hope can grow."

(For more pictures, visit the photos tab)

February 25, 2014

Meet Your Executive Board

National Student Organizations (NSO) has been growing widely on campus over the years. For an organization so large, it takes a team to help it stay organized. For this reason, the NSO executive board was created at Johnson & Wales University. The executive board helps NSO stay on track and keeps the student body informed by attending monthly meetings with the NSO advisors, helping plan and organize all events and socials within NSO, and discussing what is happening in each chapter of the organization. While accomplishing all these tasks, the executive board also gives feedback from students to the NSO advisors and relays information back to the student body. NSO is an organization known for taking great strides towards success and the students on the executive board are no different.

Name: Anthony Henry

Hometown: Danbury, CT

High School Affiliated Chapter: DECA
JWU NSO Division: Community Action Association

JWU Major: Finance

Year: 2016

What’s your best NSO memory (high school or college)?

The best NSO memory that I have took place at the end of freshman year when I took a trip to Australia with CAA (Community Action Association). Taking a trip to Australia was always one of my dreams, but I never thought that it would be possible until I joined this organization.

Name: Elena Melekos

Hometown: Hopatcong, NJ

High School Affiliated Chapter:  SkillsUSA

JWU NSO Division: Leadership Academy

JWU Major: Counseling Psychology

Year:  2016

Do you relate you NSO knowledge or skills back into your studies in any way?

 I definitely have related every aspect of SkillsUSA into my studies. From the professionalism, time management, to the public speaking. As a Counseling Psychology major, being professional, keeping track and being on time are essentials to helping your clients and yourself stay organized.  

Name: Nicholas Kalas

Hometown: Mount Olive

High School Affiliated Chapter: DECA

JWU NSO Division: Competitive Events Institute

JWU Major: Business Administration

Year: 2016

Any advice to incoming or new NSO students who are looking to get involved?

Get involved in as much as you can! It looks great on a résumé and can open so many doors and opportunities.

Name: Ashley Fudala

Hometown: Manchester, New Hampshire

High School Affiliated Chapter:  DECA

JWU NSO Division: Communications Association

JWU Major: Sports/Event/Entertainment Management

Year: 2016

What got you to be involved with NSO (any chapter) in high school and then carry that over to college?

 In high school many of my friends were involved with DECA and I would always hear about all of the amazing experiences they had at competitions and conferences. This made me want to experience it for myself. DECA played a huge part in my senior year of high school and I wanted to continue competing and making more connections with other DECA members so I chose to stay involved with DECA in college.

Washington Leadership Training Institute

On September 21-25th, SkillsUSA RI State Vice President Elena Melekos, attended the Washington Leadership Training Institute (WLTI) in Washington DC. The event was a five day program where the members of SkillsUSA were trained on leadership skills, professionalism, and citizenship. While in Washington the students and advisors attended sessions that covered areas such as the impact of an individual citizen, leadership, employability skills, and many others.

At this year’s WLTI training nearly 380 students represented almost every state across the country. Most of the students that attended are state officers and had to apply to attend the week of events. As a part of the training the students got to visit the SkillsUSA National Headquarters, the Arlington Cemetery, and the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial; at each destination a ceremony was hosted. While in DC every state and their officer teams had a chance to present to Congressmen and Senators on SkillsUSA and the Perkins grant which funds vocational-technical education for students in secondary and postsecondary education.

                The seven secondary officers and Elena, the postsecondary officer for Rhode Island, had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Jim Langevin’s Education Aide Sam Morgante, Senator Jack Reed, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Every state officer had the chance to thank them for supporting SkillsUSA and technical education as well as sharing their personal story within SkillsUSA.

Throughout the week the students all worked on their Statesman Awards. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated and have mastered leadership skills and certain requirements throughout the WLTI. At the end of the week countless memories had been made and friendships that will last a life time had been created. The week was without a doubt an incredible opportunity that helped individuals to grow as leaders and people.  

A Trip to Launch!

On January 15, 2014 National Student Organization sponsored a trip to Launch Trampoline Park. If you have not had a chance to go there yourself then just picture 10,000 square feet of indoor trampolines ready to be jumped on. Not only was there angled trampoline walls, but trampoline dodge ball, and a foam pit that any person who was brave enough could jump in to. Now take all of that and a group of energetic college kids and you can bet we had a good time.

            While jumping around for an hour was fun, it also made people hungry. Lucky for us, the evening also included pizza and drinks! Usually, people tend to shy away from pizza that comes out of a concession stand, but the food was surprisingly good and the perfect way to end the night. While all of this was great, another benefit of the event was that it was made for a college student’s budget, meaning it was free. The event also did a great job at bringing all members of NSO together. Whether you were in SkillsUSA, DECA, or any of the other divisions of NSO the event gave you the opportunity to meet people in other areas. All in all, the trip was fun, the food was good, and the people were nice.

Katherine Cook

Advertising and Marketing Communications

Class of 2016

JWU Competes at Regionals

Congratulations to the students who competed in regionals. 

The following students placed in the competition:

Emmanneull Marseille- 3rd place
Corporate Financial:    
Tyler Guy- 4th place
Fashion Merchandising and Marketing:    
 Kathryn Sterbens- 1st  place
Rosemeire Ribeiro-  2nd  place

Restaurant and Food Service Management:    
Robert Santa-1st Place

Travel and tourism:     
 Kathleen Sands-1st place
Business to Business Marketing:   
 Victoria Lascari & Marisa Carey-3rd place
Inernational Marketing:    
 Chris Zurwell & John  Zurwell-3rd place
 Emily Hattub & Rececca Scarpato-4th place

Sports and Entertainment Marketing:    
 Morgan Thompson & Scott Orwig-1st place
 Nicole Kadushin & Megan Dumas-3rd place 

 Lauren Ford & Sonia Ngo-8th place
Sales Manager Meeting:     Beau Cobb-1st place


January 28, 2014

New England Regional Conference Information

When is the conference? February 7-8, 2014. Friday opening ceremonies will begin at 10am followed by competitions beginning at 12pm. Saturday at 10am the awards ceremony will begin.

Where is it being held? The conference will take place in the Taco/White building. Opening Ceremonies will be held in Pepsi Forum.

How much does it cost to participate? The price to compete in the conference is $10 and this includes conference fees and food for the day.

Where do I pay?  This can be paid at Student Financial Services.

What if I did not pay my NSO dues? You do not have to have your NSO dues paid in order to participate in the conference.

When is the last day I can sign up? The last day to sign-up and pay your conference fee is Thursday February 6th.

Fill out this form and turn it into the NSO office (5th floor of the Cookson building above the bookstore), Ron Bachman, or SFS.