August 29, 2018

National Student Organizations Welcomes You to JWU! 

Join us for the NSO Welcome Event
Friday, September 14 at 2 p.m.
Xavier Academic Center (Downcity)

Meet fellow members, the NSO leadership team and find out about upcoming events and how you can get involved.

Mandatory for freshmen and new students.  All members are welcome. 

July 03, 2018

Congrats to our Wildcats at the SkillsUSA National Championships!

Please join me in congratulating our amazing wildcats! 

This past week, they competed in the SkillsUSA National Leadership & Skills Conference, and I am pleased to report the following results. If you see any of these students, please congratulate them in person. 

We had more people this year than in recent years and it was such a joy seeing them all succeed. Their accolades are worth extolling. All of our students placed in the Top 10 of their respective events. 

  • Brooke Gatchell, our state officer for this past year, was elected to national office! We will find out her position on the team in the coming months. It was tough to watch Josie Wolfe finish her term, but we know the next team is very well capable of carrying the organization into future success.
  • Daylan Torres competed for a spot on the WorldSkills team, and earned it! He will be representing the USA in Kazan, Russia in 2019 in the event Bakery. 
  • Shaina Flanagan, our newly elected state officer, earned a Silver Medal (2nd place) in Prepared Speech!
  • Drew DuBoff (me!) eared a Silver Medal (2nd Place) in Restaurant Service!
  • Katelyn Roy earned a Bronze Medal (3rd Place) in Customer Service!
  • Giovanna Aponte placed 6th in Commercial Baking!
  • Genesis Rosario placed 6th in Job Skills Demonstration!
  • Wilfredo Ortiz, Jake Abbruzzi, and Josiah Sanders placed 6th in Promotional Bulletin Board!
  • Benjamin Lind placed 8th in Information Technology Services!
  • Karlisle Wilbur, NSO's graphic designer, placed 9th in Advertising Design!
  • Sara Kephart placed 9th in Culinary Arts!

On behalf of all the competitors, we would like to thank Mary Bodensiek, Christina Harvey, and Mark Harvey for accompanying us this past week. 

May 17, 2018

NSO Students Selected to Speak at Commencement

Special congratulations to NSO students, Thu Dinh Minh Tran (Aimee) and Josephine Wolfe (Josie) on being chosen to speak at commencement. 

Aimee has a great story and will be speaking at the morning graduation. She competed at DECA’s ICDC starting her freshman year and placed 2nd in the world. She also participated in the ENGAGE conference in New York City where she networked with Equity Residential, a DECA National Advisory Board company that went on to offer her an internship and ultimately a professional position after graduation. 

Josie will be speaking at the afternoon session. Her commitment to SkillsUSA began on the high school level. As a JWU student, she served on the Rhode Island SkillsUSA state board and successfully ran for national office. Her peers selected her to serve in the collegiate president position. In this role, Josie has represented JWU at numerous SkillsUSA events and spoken at national conferences.

Both of these women have demonstrated the benefits of NSO involvement and we are confident that they will continue to make us proud as JWU alumni. 

May 09, 2018

NSO Wildcats Recognized

Congratulations to our NSO Wildcats who received Student Leadership Awards!
Emerging Leader Award: Wilfredo Ortiz
Senior Service Award: Briana Holley
Wildcat Spirit Award: Drew DuBoff
Thank you for being apart of NSO and making Johnson & Wales University a better institution.

April 16, 2018

Congrats ICDC Finalists!

Congratulations to the following wildcats who placed in the TOP 10 of their respective events at Collegiate DECA's International Career Development Conference (ICDC)!

Jessica Huynh and Trevon Bradshaw: International Marketing

Lexie Sweeney and Savannah Bucher: Marketing Communications

Drew DuBoff: Restaurant and Food Service Management

Thank you for making JWU proud!

April 11, 2018

We are seeking student feedback to explore the many ways we can strengthen the student experience with NSO and its member organizations (DECA, SkillsUSA, FFA, etc.) at JWU.  The survey linked below requires only a few minutes of your time to offer some highly valuable feedback.  Please share with other JWU students to help us maximize participation in this important survey. 

The survey closes at noon on April 12,so take a few minutes now. Thanks again for your support and participation!

Congratulations to JWU’s 2018 SkillsUSA RI Championship Medalists!

Contest:  Advertising Design                                                                       
Silver   Karlisle Wilbur  

Contest:  Architectural Drafting                                                                   
Silver   Brendan Thornton        

Contest:  Commercial Baking                                                                       
Gold     Daylan Torres
Silver    Giovanna Aponte
Bronze  Davion Holder

Contest:  Crime Scene Investigation  
Silver   Aileen Cepeda            
Silver   Brenda  Barrera                                                                             
Silver   Leonella Acevedo
Contest:  Culinary Arts                                                                                 
Gold      Sara Kephart                                                                                 
Silver    Josiah Sanders                                                                              
Bronze  Tyler Glick       

Contest:  Customer Service                                                                         
Gold     Katelyn Roy
Contest:  Information Technology Services                                                 
Gold     Benjamin Lind  

Contest:  Job Skill Demonstration A                                                            
Gold    Genesis Rosario                                                                            

Contest:  Job Skill Demonstration Open                                                      
Gold    Brooke Gatchell           

Contest:     Promotional Bulletin Board                                                       
Gold     Jacob Abbruzzi 
Gold     Teagan Orlando                                                                            
Gold     Wilfredo Ortiz Beriguete            

Contest:  Restaurant Service                                                                       
Gold      Drew DuBoff                                                                                  
Silver    Tricia Erb                                                                                      
Bronze  Jaylene Quevedo                                                                           

Visit for the complete results

February 06, 2018

Want to learn more about Marriott's internship and post-graduation programs? 

Sign up for one of the following two info sessions being held on campus next week:
Culinary Information Session - Monday, 2/12 at 2 p.m.
Friedman Center, Classroom 154. Sign up @
Hospitality Information Session - Monday 2/12 at 4 p.m.
Xavier Academic, Classroom L06. Sign up @

Congratulations JWU Competitors!

On Friday, February 2, Johnson & Wales University held the 2018 Northeast Regional Competition at our Downcity campus. JWU hosted over 100 students, faculty and judges, including competitors from Endicott College, Bay State College, Bryant University, Community College of RI, Middlesex Community College and UMASS Dartmouth. 

Winning categories for Johnson & Wales Students included: 

  • 1st Place: Hospitality & Tourism Exam, JWU: Ryan Nixon
  • 1st Place Marketing Communications Team Event, JWU: Max May & Bailey Doggett
  • 1st Place Business Ethics Event, JWU: Olivia Digiacomo
  • 1st Place Restaurant & Food Service Event, JWU: Drew DuBoff

January 18, 2018

Regional Registration Form

Don't miss your chance to compete!

Here is the registration form in case you missed it.

January 12, 2018

Important Info: DECA Regional Conference

Happy New Year, NSO students!

I bet your New Year’s resolution was to get more involved in National Student Organizations (NSO). 

Am I right?

Here’s what I told myself I would do:
  • Compete in more CTSO conferences
  • Practice my presentation skills so I succeed when I compete
  • Attend more NSO social events and make friends

Does this sound like you?

Luckily, NSO has the perfect set of events coming up for you.

If you’ve ever competed in DECA, we have an amazing regional conference coming up.

Mark your calendar for Feb. 2 (snow date—Feb. 16).

For those who don’t know, DECA is a business career and technical organization (CTSO) that educates students in finance, marketing, hospitality, and entrepreneurship.

Their competition can break down in a couple of ways:
  •         Role-play and Test (Individual and Team)
  •          Prepared Presentation (Individual and Team)

Haven’t done this before? Does this all sound confusing?

The first thing you need to do is fill out the attached sign-up form and hand it to Tom Gauthier.

Then, pay the $5 registration fee on

The deadline is Jan. 22. His office is on the 5th Floor of the building above the Downcity bookstore.

Okay, I’m signed up.

But, I still have no clue what to expect!

We’ve got you covered. We’re taking the initiative to make sure you are confident and poised before you compete.

Below are the dates of our practice sessions. All participants are strongly urged to attend 2 of these practice sessions.
  •          Jan. 17 6:00-7:00 pm Xavier 402
  •         Jan. 19 4:30-5:30 pm Pepsi Forum
  •          Jan. 24 6:00-7:00 pm Xavier 402
  •         Jan. 26 12:00-1:00 pm Xavier 402

Interested in competing but don’t know who to compete with or what to compete in?

Before the practice session on Jan. 19, we have a Find Your Competitive Partner Social.

From 3:30-4:30 pm you can show up and talk to experienced members on what the competition will look like and meet other people like yourself who want to compete as well.

Time to make some friends!

We also don’t want you to be stressed out about the competition. It never works out well.

We’ve taken the liberty of planning a de-stress event just for you. It’s on Jan. 31 from 4:00-6:00 pm in John Hazen White 307.

Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask us. We love hearing from interested members.

Here’s all the important dates again:

·       Northeastern Region Competitive Events Conference: Feb. 2 (Snow Date—Feb. 16)
o   Practice Sessions
§  Jan. 17 6:00-7:00 pm Xavier 402
§  Jan. 19 4:30-5:30 pm Pepsi Forum
§  Jan. 24 6:00-7:00 pm Xavier 402
§  Jan. 26 12:00-1:00 pm Xavier 402
o   Social Events
§  Find Your Competitive Partner: Jan. 19 3:30-4:30 pm Pepsi Forum
§  De-Stress Before Regional Conference: Jan. 31 4:00-6:00 JHW 307

Pay the $5 registration fee here: Remember, the deadline is Jan. 22.

Be on the lookout for SkillsUSA regional conference sign-ups!

Make sure you follow us on social media to stay in the loop.

Happy Competing,
National Student Organizations