JWU Family e-Newsletter
September 2017
The Parent & Family Relations Office serves as a liaison to the parents and families of incoming and current students through on-going communication and programs. This monthly e-Newsletter helps you stay connected to your student as you journey with them through their JWU experience.
Dear Wildcat Parents & Families, 

On behalf of Johnson & Wales University, Parent & Family Relations would like to welcome you, your family and your student back to campus. The fall term is in full swing and our Wildcats are already busy with assignments, internships and extracurricular activities. Can you believe in just a few short weeks they will register for their winter term courses? The phrase, “time flies…” now has a whole new meaning. 

First-year family members, this is an exciting time for your student. Your Wildcat is meeting new friends, acclimating to their new home away from home, exploring the great city of Providence and learning to develop independence. These new experiences and changes can also lead to a myriad of emotions, all of which are normal, for both you and your student. During these next few months be sure to listen and support your student as needed. Even if they don’t say it, they appreciate your help.

The role of a family member of a returning student looks a little different. This year is less about the excitement of new experiences for your student and more about setting goals for the future. This can be overwhelming for your student due to increased academic pressures as they begin taking even more classes in their field of study. Throughout this time your support and understanding is key.

Regardless of your student’s class year, your role in your student’s life is important. We look forward to partnering with you to ensure that your student reaches success.

My best, 

Krystal L. Ristaino
Associate Director, Parent & Family Relations
Campus Catch-Up
JWU's ADTEAM won the 2017 American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition, held this year in New Orleans. Congratulations to our Wildcats!

The fall season is in full swing for the JWU athletics department. Most of the fall teams have already started competing and the rest are about to get underway. Read more .
JWU's campus came alive during move-in weekend. 
Here are photos capturing those special moments:
Supporting Your Wildcat
A weekend full of traditions from the student parade, tasty food demonstrations, athletics games and much more, this year’s Family Weekend guarantees to provide something for everyone. We celebrate 30 years of families reconnecting with students and making new memories together.

Friday night kicks off the weekend with The Great Dubois, a fast-paced fun for all variety show. Saturday’s events will keep everyone busy from morning to night and we end on Sunday morning with Willie’s 3K road race on the beautiful Harborside campus.

Even if you’re unable to join us for the weekend, your Wildcat shouldn’t miss out on this memorable experience where many activities are complimentary.

The Good Life Expo invites the JWU community to come together and learn about on- and off-campus resources related to all aspects of health and well-being on September 20 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Wildcat Center. Find out more information about this exciting event and encourage your student to join us.

Encourage your student to take a few quiet moments each week to recharge and refocus. They can join us every Monday at 4:00 p.m. in McNulty Hall’s 3rd floor TV lounge and every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the Culinary Arts Museum for a mindfulness exercise.  

Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity for students seeking a global education, cultural immersion and meeting new friends from across the globe. Students interested in learning more about available opportunities should make an appointment with an advisor by emailing studyabroad@jwu.edu or calling 401-598-1406.


BRIDGE stands for Building Relationships, Intercultural Dialogue and Global Engagement. The BRIDGE, which is part of JWU Global, brings the JWU community together through educational programs, cultural events and social activities designed to explore different cultures and perspectives. The BRIDGE, located in the Xavier Complex, is open to the JWU community Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. All are welcome to join our programs, or to come in and relax, hang out and study. In addition to programs, the BRIDGE has a refrigerator, piano, beanbag chairs, board games, and much more. Encourage your Wildcat to visit us to meet old and new friends! Stay connected on Facebook and Instagram @jwuBRIDGE to see what we’re up to. 

Health Services is pleased to offer students flu vaccine clinics in October.

10/3 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Wildcat Center

10/23 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Pepsi Forum

Remind your student they must bring their insurance card as insurance is billed for this service.

Cost:  No charge - BCBS Medicare Part B, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health, Tufts or Tufts/Carelink. Different or no insurance - $25.00
To Register:  www.thewellcomp.com  
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Click: Flu Click: College/University 
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Living off-campus can be a wonderful experience for students when they prepare for the responsibility of being a good community member. Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) encourages families to share this message about safety and being a good neighbor with their Wildcat.
JWU Parent & Family Community
Each month we will provide suggested talking points to help you navigate timely conversations with your Wildcat. You know your student best, so use this guide as you see fit. Good luck!

"How are classes going?"
Coming off of summer break and into a rigorous college schedule can and will be a transition for all students. Our Wildcats are beginning week two of class and will, in most cases, already have projects, homework and quizzes assigned. They are excited about their new classes and schedule but can quickly feel overwhelmed about the amount of time needed to make it a successful term. Be sure to check-in with your student about prioritization, procrastination and time management. Remind them to visit the Center for Academic Support and professors for guidance. 

"What is it like living away from home?"
Students often come to college with many different expectations, specifically about what it is like to live in a residence hall. It is possible that some of our students never shared a room or a bathroom before coming to JWU. Now that your student is here, encourage them to reevaluate their expectations. Are they realistic? Should the roommate agreement be renegotiated? When is the right time to confront their roommate(s)? If your student is feeling challenged living in their community, remind them to reach out to their resident assistant (RA) for guidance. 

"Would you like us to visit for Wildcat Parent & Family Weekend?"
This is a popular weekend among families and students. Discuss with your student the date and events going on to establish when you and your family should visit. This is a great opportunity to reunite and experience a memorable weekend together. 

What we have learned by parenting our Wildcats

When current PFAB members were asked to list two lessons they have learned from parenting their JWU students, the answers all encompassed the same theme: letting go . As parents, we have learned to let our students have the independence to make important decisions, find solutions to challenges and advocate for themselves.

It’s not always easy. This involves taking a step back from our usual parenting roles: listening rather than preaching, trusting their judgment rather than acting as their guide, and accepting the fact that we won’t hear from them everyday (and believing they won’t starve or run out of clothes!). We have also seen firsthand how the resources available to the students at JWU help our Wildcats to become their own navigators – and to become resourceful.

If you are a first-time parent of a Wildcat, we feel confident you will also share the rewarding experience of watching your student mature and grow!

~ Dawn Goodman, parent of Michaela (pictured) at JWU Denver and Lindsay, JWU Providence
How often do you plan to communicate with your student this term?

Results will be displayed in the October e-Newsletter
Be sure to read this month's Student Health 101 for families. Since your student receives their own version of this, we encourage you to have open discussions about these monthly topics. 

This month's topics include:
  • Sleep debt
  • Creating a positive sexual culture on campus
Mark Your Calendars

Be sure to encourage your Wildcat to engage in some of these academic and social opportunities.
9/12 Part Time Job Fair Open House
9/13 Trivia Night
9/18 Internship 101
9/18 & 9/20 Job Search Strategy Workshop
9/20 Good Life Expo
9/26 Healthy Living for Commuters
9/28 Retail & Business Career Fair
10/9 Fall Holiday (no classes)
10/13 Academic course withdrawal
10/13-15 Wildcat Family Weekend

Visit the official University calendar for additional dates. 
We Want To Hear From You!
  QUESTIONS, COMMENTS or CONCERNS? Have topics you would like to see in future issues? Please contact Parent & Family Relations Office at 401-598-2895 or by email at family.pvd@jwu.edu