Nightclub & Bar Media Group Selects Johnson & Wales Student Fellowship Award Winners

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Johnson & Wales Student Fellowship Award Winners

Award supports hospitality industry students with unique educational experience

Las Vegas – After receiving an overwhelming amount of applicants this year, Nightclub & Bar Media Group is honored to congratulate five students for winning the Johnson & Wales Student Fellowship Award from their four campuses in Charlotte, NC, Denver, CO, North Miami, FL, and Providence, RI. This year’s honorees and their areas of study are:

  • Mary Ellen “Mel” Frank, Food Service Management | Charlotte, ‘16
  • Jackie Libasci, Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management | Providence, ‘16
  • Jaclyn Magnowski, Food Service Management | Denver, ‘16
  • Kelly Swatek, Sports, Entertainment & Event Management | Providence, ‘16
  • Leana Wathey, Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management | North Miami, ‘16

“We are extremely appreciative to Nightclub & Bar Media Group for investing their time and efforts in five of our outstanding scholars,” said Brian J. Warrener, Associate Professor at Johnson & Wales University. “This educational opportunity will allow these students to take a giant step forward in their professional careers.”

Nightclub & Bar Media Group partnered with Johnson & Wales University for the third consecutive year to present exceptional students graduating with a degree in a hospitality industry-related field the opportunity to attend the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, March 7 – 9. The five selected fellows will also be featured on and will be recognized during an awards ceremony at the upcoming convention.

To be eligible for the fellowship, individuals must have to have junior or senior status, a grade point average of 3.0 or above and be a student in the Johnson & Wales School of Hospitality.  The considered students must also have a strong educational background in beverages as well as have hands-on food and beverage experience. The five selected participants demonstrated a strong educational desire to work in a field where the knowledge gained from this experience is an exceptional bonus to their professional career.

In addition to the 2016 Fellows, Greg Mayer (’15) and Tommy Seto (’13), the winners of the first Fellowship Award in 2014 will be attending this year’s convention.  Both graduates of the Providence campus, Mayer and Seto have established themselves in successful careers at The Dorrance (Providence, RI) and The Capital Grille (Chestnut Hill, MA), respectively. On Wednesday, March 9, they will present a mixology demo featuring mescal, whiskey and rum cocktails.

About Nightclub & Bar Media Group

Nightclub & Bar Media Group, a division of Boston, MA based Questex LLC, is the go-to resource for the on-premise professional. Mirroring the fast-paced, trend-setting nature of the beverage industry, Nightclub & Bar has been providing the specific tools bar professionals, owners and managers need to grow their businesses, compete, and succeed in this hyper-competitive and dynamic industry for over 30 years. Nightclub & Bar Media Group produces the Nightclub & Bar Show (, VIBE Conference (, Nightclub & Bar Top Rated Lists (, Nightclub & Bar Awards, and produces daily content on


About Johnson & Wales University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, RI; North Miami, FL; Denver, CO; and Charlotte, NC. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality, physician assistant studies, engineering and design. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 119 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit