December 17, 2016

Path to the Passport

By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor

The Leadership Passport Program is designed to provide members a guide for year-round engagement in Collegiate DECA, therefore increasing the benefits of maintaining a membership. Recipients must complete activities that are categorized using DECA’s core values and guiding principles to encourage a fulfilling college experience.
            There are two levels of achievement: gold and blue. Required for both are performing 10 hours of community service, developing a list of academic and Collegiate DECA goals for the year, signing up to receive DECA Direct Online (, writing a resume and a cover letter, and attending five chapter related meetings. Gold Diamond additionally requires discussing Collegiate DECA in a class or student forum, holding a leadership position within the chapter, and applying to become a social media correspondent and submitting one article.
            Activities must be completed from the following categories: competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. Blue Diamond requires two from each category, while Gold Diamond requires three from each. Do not expect to do this alone; the leadership academy chairs are here to help. They will be setting up events that help satisfy requirements, but dedication on the individual’s behalf is also essential.
            Last year, Johnson & Wales University-Providence had 23 recipients. This year, the goal is 35. Not only is there merit gained through this award, but it looks great on resumes and all passport recipients are given advanced consideration for ICDC 2017 in Anaheim, California.
             For more information or to request a packet of information, please contact Joe Esposito ( ; (908) 655-5111)) and Parthenia Giannopoulos ( The faculty advisor for the leadership academy is Leslie Buxton ( All of the above requirements are also listed here:

The Skills to Succeed

By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor

On October 28th, students from Johnson & Wales University and Community College of Rhode Island gathered to participate in the SkillsUSA Rhode Island Fall Leadership Conference, which took place at the Johnson & Wales University Radisson Hotel. The event, which bridged delegations from both the collegiate and high school level, focused on developing the qualities necessary to perform not only as a leader, but as a good competitor as well.
The event was spearheaded by the Rhode Island Executive Officer Team, who planned the events and ran the organized activities. Among the Executive Officers is Johnson & Wales University student, Josie Wolfe ’19, a Baking and Pastry Student, who serves as the College/Post-Secondary Vice President. Wolfe was thrilled with the turnout, and was happy to educate participants on what SkillsUSA is about.
The framework of SkillsUSA illustrates the importance of personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. In addition to emphasizing technical skills, the organization endeavors to provide quality experiential learning opportunities for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. They also emphasize the belief in high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work.
One of the main activities was achieving the Statesman Award, an award which demonstrates knowledge of SkillsUSA. In order to achieve the award, students must recite given answers to questions without reference to an Executive Officer. Johnson & Wales University had two students receive this prestigious award: Shaina Flanagan ’20 and Drew DuBoff ’19.
Thank you to Joshua Klemp and the rest of SkillsUSA Rhode Island for an amazing conference.


By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor

            The Collegiate Leadership Academy (CLA) took place primarily at the Wyndham New Yorker, in New York City, New York from November 3rd through November 5th. The driving force behind the reimagined experience this year was a desire to connect students to DECA’s National Advisory Board Members. As always, DECA places a huge emphasis on networking, evident by the choice of Alan Katzman, Founder and CEO of Social Assurity, as the keynote speaker in the introduction ceremony, who talked about the importance of building positive social media accounts, especially the professional network LinkedIn.
            The following day, the tracks separated and were lectured through touring throughout the city. This year’s focus was SoLoMo (Social, Local, Mobile) Strategies, and every track had lecturers that talked about how they used those strategies to address changes in their respective markets. The case studies also reflected those strategies.
            Those in the Entrepreneurship in Sports & Entertainment Track heard from Scripps Networks and M & M Productions, which was the product of a DECA entrepreneurial project. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets presented to the Finance + Accounting Track. The Marketing + Communications Track listened to speakers from Vector Marketing and Marriott International, Inc., with the latter resulted in a tour of their Marriot Marquis property. The Hospitality + Tourism Track was enlightened by Vector Marketing, the National Apartment Association Education Institute, and Equity Residential. They then toured The Beatrice, one of Equity Residential’s luxury apartments in Chelsea. Finally, Tailored Brands, Men’s Wearhouse and the recently acquired Jos. A. Bank, spoke to the Business Management + Administration Track.  
            At the closing ceremony, JWU had three students as a part of the winning team in each track. Representing Business Management + Administration was Deleita Gysai, representing Entrepreneurship in Sports & Entertainment was Roy Sylvander, and representing Hospitality + Tourism was Thu (Aimee) Dinh Minh Tran.
            Now that #DECACLA is a wrap, look forward to the Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference hosted on campus on February 10th, and #ICDC2017 in Anaheim, California. 

October 19, 2016

JA in a Day – NSO Volunteers Needed!

Friday, December 16, 2016 
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Local elementary school
Transportation and lunch provided
Training provided by Junior Achievement
24 spots available
Contact Jeanne Blanchette 401-598-4902 or for more info

Pay It Forward Friday

Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join NSO’s Community Action Association as we help the Southside Community Land Trust get their garden ready for winter. The Trust provides access to land, education and other resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all. Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited! Learn more and reserve your spot by registering here.

Join us if you dare!

October 18, 2016

Registration is now open for the SkillsUSA’s Fall Leadership Conference

Friday, Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Radisson Hotel, Warwick

Registration: $10 (includes a RI SkillsUSA item, lunch, and a copy of the Four Pillars book); deadline is Oct. 24; register at

This year’s conference theme centers on SkillsUSA's Four Pillars. The Four Pillars: Your Personal Leadership Journey is an engaging book designed for students who are ready for a more in-depth approach to learning leadership. It demonstrates that leadership isn't just an influential word that looks good on a resume; it is a life changer. Students will discover their best selves in all facets of their personal and professional lives. Got Questions? Contact Josie Wolfe, JWU student & RI SkillsUSA board member. 

October 07, 2016

The Happiest 5K Color Run in the World

By Katherine Zecena-Costanza and Samantha Riley

Spreading happiness through a myriad of colors is what The Color Run does best. They pride themselves on being the happiest 5K Color Run in the world, and fully embrace being so. On Sunday, September 25th, Johnson & Wales University's National Student Organizations and the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality teamed up to help set-up, breakdown and keep literally spreading the joyousness of the colorful paint around. 

The Color Run has four main objectives: Healthiness, Happiness, Individuality and Giving Back. Despite being a for-profit, over four million dollars have been allocated to local charities in communities throughout the country. This Color Run’s volunteers were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to assist this wonderful organization and its chosen philanthropy, the Partnership for 
Providence Parks.

Uno's also partnered with The Color Run and generously gave 20% off to anyone who ate at their establishment in Providence on the day of the race. The second shift group decided to enjoy a nice lunch there after volunteering, in order to further support the cause. 

Overall, the 5K Color Run is truly a selfless organization whose main goal is to ensure they play a significant role in helping make others happy and healthy. Thank you to everyone who volunteered for making a difference!

For more information about Partnership for Providence Parks, please visit

October 05, 2016

The Community Action Association is looking for volunteers for Waterfire Providence's Truck Together Tuesday this coming Tuesday, October 11 from 5-8 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help get the U-Haul trucks ready for the next lighting. Students can meet event organizer Samantha Riley at the JWU seal in front of Gaebe Commons at 4:20p.m. From there you'll take a JWU bus to Renaissance. The volunteer event will take place at the WaterFire Providence Production Workshop, 5 Hemlock Street, a 10-minute walk from Renaissance. Students interested should contact the NSO office at or call 401-598-2345 to sign up. 

September 28, 2016

Claim your place for DECA's Collegiate Leadership Academy in NYC

It’s time to register for our annual trip to NYC for DECA’s Collegiate Leadership Academy. This fun, three-day trip is open to all NSO members (not just DECA). Visit some of New York City's most prominent corporations and meet with notable industry leaders. Registration deadline is 10/4! Complete the registration form while there is still space. The cost of the trip is $150 and this includes conference registration, hotel accomodations, transportation and a meal stipend. Make your payment using our secure portal.

September 07, 2016

Welcome NSO Wildcats!

Don't Miss It...

NSO Welcome Meeting
Sunday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Schneider Auditorium in the Xavier Complex

Find out about how NSO works, what activities are planned and be entered into a raffle to win a $125 bookstore gift card. 

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.


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
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!

February 12, 2016

Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference Final Results

Congratulations to all winners!

Accounting Flight 1
Third: Alex Bordenca

Fashion Merchandising & Marketing
Second: Victoria Pacheco

Hotel & Lodging (Flight 1)
Second: Andrew Molina 

Hotel & Lodging (Flight 2)
Third: Thu Tran 

Restaurant & Food Service Management
Second: Drew DuBoff 
Third: Tahliq Mills

Retail Management
Third: Karen Falk 

Travel & Tourism
Third: Gabriel Cruz 

Human Resource Management (Flight 1)
First: Joe Esposito 

Human Resource Management (Flight 2)
First: Ana (Roxy) Ho 
Second: Parthenia Giannopoulos 
Third: Courtney Adair 

Marketing Management (Flight 1)
Third: Daniel Baker 

Marketing Management (Flight 2)
Third: Jaymz Buczynski 

Sales Manager Meeting
Second: Lexy Parsons 
Third: Alyssa Duncan 

Advertising Campaign
First: Edyn Zapata-Montesdeoca & Todd Lind 

Business Ethics
First: Emily Kremp & Irving Martinez 

Sports & Entertainment Marketing
First: Mike Muldoon Bryant
Second: Alec Kolenda & Kevin McKeown 

Business Research
First: Tyler Parenti, Eric Calabrese & Brandon Furtado 

Job Interview (SkillsUSA event)
First: Joe Esposito 
Second: Lisa Willms

February 04, 2016

Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference

Good luck to all members competing in the Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference! The day will begin at 8 am until 5 pm Friday, February 5th. Don't forget to show our fellow NSO members support! GO JWU!

Be sure to tag #NSORegionals16 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We have contests going on throughout the day that you don't want to miss!

Community Service Opportunity!

The South Providence Neighborhood Ministries is hosting its annual spelling bee on Saturday, Feb. 6, and NSO has an opportunity to participate. If you’d like to put your spelling skills to the test as a member of a NSO team, cheer on our team, or volunteer at the event, please contact our advisor Meagan Pepper. Admission and team entry fees will be covered by the NSO Office.