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Mary Helldorfer-Cooney

Beginning Friday, May 1, 2015 at noon, the RWU Colleague system will be unavailable for a short time due to system upgrades. This will mean that you will not be able to register online, access your grades, request transcripts, etc. until the system is reactivated. We anticipate that the Colleague system will be available again by May 11, 2015. We will notify you when the system upgrade is complete and access is restored.

Please submit all requests to and they will be processed based upon the date of receipt.

To ensure that you are enrolled in the Summer and Fall course(s) of your choice, you are encouraged to register online for courses prior to May 1st. Students who cannot register by May 1st can take advantage of the following options:

  1. Contact your academic advisor who will complete the Summer and/or Fall registration form(s) on your behalf and document your request so SCS can manually enroll you in the course(s). Students who have questions regarding their assigned advisor can contact Mary Cooney at 401-254-4805 or
  2. Register online when the system upgrade is complete and access is restored.


Mary Helldorfer-Cooney
Coordinator of Student Services and Student Experience
Contact Information
(401) 254-4805

Mary Helldorfer-Cooney has spent over a decade in the non-profit education sector in various roles.  As an ESOL instructor, she made her way from NYC’s Chinatown, the Bronx, Denver, CO, and finally to Providence, RI.  As Assistant Director for Good Shepherd Volunteers in NY, she traveled the US and Latin America placing and supporting volunteers to serve women, adolescents, and children affected by poverty, violence, and neglect.  In Rhode Island, Mary served as the Admissions Coordinator and later Education Director at Dorcas Place.  In 2010, she was honored to be chosen by the Rhode Island Foundation as a Non-Profit Emerging Leader.  Ms. Cooney worked as Adult Services Director at the Genesis Center where she developed her skills as an educational administrator. She is excited to be in her new position as the Coordinator of Student Support and Experience at Roger Williams University's School of Continuing Studies and to serve as a link between adult basic education (ABE) and higher education in RI.  Mary is fluent in Spanish and holds Master’s degree in TESOL and Spanish Education from New York University.