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What impact has the SHFM Foundation Grant had on the On-Site Foodservice Management class at Johnson & Wales University? Douglas Stuchel, Assistant Professor School of Hospitality
The SHFM Foundation grant monies are used to enrich the learning opportunities of JWU students in several important educational areas. First, the funds are used to cover the cost of transportation to visit on-site foodservice accounts within the Rhode Island area. Such as Fidelity Investments and the Delaware North, Dunkin Donuts Center provide students with a behind the scenes experience demonstrating how foodservice accounts operate in the B&I and Sports & Leisure segments. Additionally, in November of this year the grant funded the transportation of forty on-site foodservice management students to Mohegan Sun Casino to participate in this year’s first ever student day at the SHFM National Convention. By participating in the national convention the students had the opportunity to network with SHFM members and to participate in the program presentations.
Secondly, the funds are used to connect senior level on-site foodservice executives with JWU students through classroom presentations. A typical term will have four to five industry experts visiting the classroom. The content of these presentations includes but is not limited to the RFP process, an overview of the company that they represent, cycle menus, conflict resolution and health/wellness initiatives. This year Scott Davis, President of FLIK became Johnson & Wales first ever faculty in residence. In this capacity Mr. Davis co-taught the On-site Foodservice Management class with Professor Douglas Stuchel. His lectures provided the students with an industry relevant perspective into the RFP process.
Finally, the funds are used to provide JWU faculty with an opportunity to participate in an on-site foodservice faculty internship. These internships typically take place at both the corporate headquarters of the on-site foodservice company as well as at various segments in which they operate. Once the internship is completed, the faculty member then incorporates this knowledge into the curriculum and into classroom presentations. The faculty member is also required to complete a written report that is shared with the dean, the department chair and fellow faculty members.