BRISTOL, R.I. – The Tournées Film French Film Festival returns to Roger Williams University with six acclaimed French feature-length films and the premiere of a selection of award-winning short films. Presented in collaboration with Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, the festival runs from April 3 to 8. The films bring the RWU community a sampling of issues societies across the globe are currently confronting and feature both French acting legends and wider known actors like Viggo Mortensen.
Through the films, audiences at RWU will be exposed to situations and landscapes that aren’t normally portrayed in Hollywood films. The films selected are meant to expand the appreciation of a larger world and address topical issues such as immigration, assimilation, diversity and cultural identity, said George T. Marshall, adjunct professor of communications and film at RWU and executive director of the Flickers Art Collaborative.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University will offer four scholarships to students from Syria, joining a global network of more than 60 colleges, universities and organizations that’s helping displaced students resume their studies in safety.
As a member of the Institute for International Education’s Syria Consortium, RWU will provide two full-tuition scholarships to qualified graduate students in the architecture school and two full scholarships to students in the law school. The scholarships will allow the students to complete their degree programs in order to enter the workforce and to ultimately rebuild and restore stability in their home country.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University will continue its year-long “Quest for Refuge” series during the spring semester, examining the political and cultural impact of the global refugee crisis and celebrating stories of survival as staggering numbers of displaced people seek refuge around the world.
“As a private university that serves the public good, Roger Williams is committed to bringing to our students and the outside community topics and speakers of great relevance to the issues that beset our world today,” RWU President Donald J. Farish said. “To date, the speakers and films in our ‘Quest for Refuge’ series have been outstanding, and I’m confident the same will hold true for the spring semester. There is no admission charge to any part of this series. Please come, listen, learn and discuss the Quest for Refuge.”
Roger Williams University is a partner in the project and plans to be the anchor tenant in the renovated building, which will provide public gallery space, shared office space for local cultural groups and a home for Arts in Common. RWU plans to use one floor for academic programming and community engagement activities.
The goal is to revive a historic, 19th-century school building located on the Town Common, demonstrating to Bristol residents the power of the arts to revitalize the social and civic life of the town common.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Roger Williams University will become the first university in Rhode Island to partner with the Gateway to College National Network, offering former high school dropouts a clear path to securing both a high school diploma and an associate’s degree.
Starting in September 2017, the partnership plans to begin with students from the Providence and Pawtucket public school systems. Students will complete their high school and college-level course work in the School of Continuing Studies at RWU’s new Providence campus, at One Empire St.
Gateway to College programs operate at 39 colleges in 20 states around the country. But this will mark the first time Gateway to College has partnered with a university in Rhode Island and only the second time it has partnered with a private university.
BRISTOL, R.I. – There’s no doubt that 2016 was a very big year for Roger Williams University, with the opening of a new campus in the heart of downtown Providence at the same time the University welcomed its largest class ever with the Class of 2020. From sending off more than 1,000 graduates into the world with Commencement 2016 to the launching of a student-led Conservation Corps, the construction management program earning a top-five national ranking, the creation of a real-time financial trading room, students landing prestigious honors and faculty experts making a difference with their work, celebrate RWU’s many successes with a look back at the most read stories on PDQ@RWU.
BRISTOL, R.I. – As civil war in Syria continues to devastate the country and displace millions of people, a group of Roger Williams University students led a grassroots-effort to make sure it’s not forgotten beyond the walls of a classroom. Inspired by an examination of the human impact of the Syrian conflict in a fall semester CORE Human Behavior course, the students decided to take what they had learned to the greater campus community with a candlelight vigil to spotlight the struggles that Syrian refugees are experiencing worldwide.
As twilight descended over campus on Nov. 15, students and faculty joined the class outdoors, some with candles and others shining cell phone lights, to reflect in solemn silence and to hear about the conflict from a variety of perspectives.
“Here at Roger Williams, sometimes we struggle,” said Anas Alfeez, a sophomore criminal justice major from Saudi Arabia who spoke fondly about Syria as a beautiful place he visited in his childhood. “But our struggles are good ones. We struggle to become educated, to do well on tests, to pursue our interests. Syrians struggle to survive.”
BRISTOL, R.I. – The capabilities of autonomous vehicles, both in the air and underwater, is revolutionizing our ability to work in remote locations. Whether it’s capturing data from the ocean floor, collecting photos from high above or delivering supplies to faraway places, autonomous vehicles are increasingly getting the job done. That is, at least, until they run out of power.
Now, that might be changing. A Roger Williams University engineering expert is teaming up with a local renewable-energy solar firm on a project funded by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to design a custom wireless charging system to power drones and autonomous underwater vehicles in remote locations.
SCITUATE, R.I. – Ann C. Assumpico grew up watching “Adam-12” on TV, and by age 10 she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up: a police officer.
So after excelling as an All-State field hockey and basketball player at West Warwick High School, she did what athletic boys in her school had done: She applied to police departments in the area.
“But I just never seemed to get anywhere,” she said. “Some of them were very rude. They would laugh at you and say things like – I was 18 at the time – ‘Little girl, get out of here, we’re not going to hire you,’ or they’d curse.”
Assumpico refused to let it deter her. “You never forget it. But it drives you,” she said. “You just think that the right things will happen and you will get your chance, because this is America.”