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New Research Examines Strategies that can Help Rhode Island's Bridge Infrastructure

April 17, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – A number of Rhode Island’s 765 highway bridges are in poor condition and need repair but new research findings led by RWU faculty member Nicole Martino may help the state improve its bridge infrastructure.

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the condition of the state’s bridges is the worst in the nation. More than one in five bridges are classified as structurally deficient and in need of “significant maintenance, rehabilitation, or replacement.”

Local residents are well aware of these conditions but the potholes and bumpy roads are more than just an inconvenience: the deteriorating road conditions increase vehicular maintenance costs, compromise safety, and hamper economic growth.

The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that driving on roads in poor condition costs an extra $444 per driver in annual vehicle repair and operation costs. By stymieing transportation, poor infrastructure is also responsible for lost jobs, diminished exports, and a reduced standard of living.

A First for RWU, Ashley Barton ’15 Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

April 16, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – For her advocacy work to free imprisoned scholars around the world, graduating senior Ashley Barton has been honored as a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow, a prestigious award recognizing a select group of student leaders who create lasting change in communities throughout the country and around the globe.

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University to Host Roving Eye Film Festival from April 12 to 19

April 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – FLICKERS: The Rhode Island International Film Festival and Roger Williams University are collaborating to present the 10th annual Roving Eye International Film Festival from April 12 to April 19. The festival will feature more than 50 international films, including numerous world and United States premieres, as well as workshops with visiting filmmakers and a celebration of legendary film actor Anthony Quinn.

All films will be free and open to the public. Festival screenings will be held in Global Heritage Hall, Room G01, and the University Library’s Mary Tefft White Cultural Center. International films will be screened with English subtitles.

The full schedule of film screenings is available here:

President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Celebration of Writing

The Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition invites you to the Spring 2015 Celebration of Writing. Students and instructors from all WTNG course levels will be on hand to discuss writing in process and showcase some of their products.  We invite everyone to be a part of the celebration of academic, public, and professional writing. Please contact Nancy Nester, Chair of the Celebration of Writing Committee, at for more information.

GSB Distinguished Leadership Lecture: Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis

Students and faculty are invited to the GSB Distinguished Leadership lecture that will be presented by Michael Angelakis, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chair of Comcast Corporation. A number of regional business leaders and Mario Gabelli will be in attendance. This is an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from a select group of exceptional business leaders. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Please RSVP via e-mail to Vincie Bertolino in the Dean’s Office at

About Michael J. Angelakis

Michael J. Angelakis serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Corporation. Michael is responsible for all corporate development, strategic planning, investor relations, internal reporting, external reporting, taxation, and other financial and administrative matters at Comcast Corporation, as well as other oversight responsibilities.

President's Report: Shining a Light on University's Past, Future

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- When most folks think of a searchlight, those immense, unwieldy apparatus that project unmistakable beams of light, often dancing across the nighttime sky. Whether via a traditional carbon arc lamp or powerful Xenon bulbs, searchlights start with a high-intensity source of energy, collected in a parabola-shaped reflector and channeled into a common source -- that powerful beam of light. In many ways, our campus community is a reflective surface in its own right, collecting the energy and lumosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners, returning it to a common source -- Roger Williams University -- and projecting a powerful beam of knowledge, expertise and talent beyond our campus, called upon to solve problems and to serve society. 

RWU Commencement

National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick – whose scholarship has made New England’s early history, from the Mayflower landing to the Battle of Bunker Hill, accessible to audiences both on the page and onscreen in the upcoming Ron Howard film In the Heart of the Sea – will address the Class of 2015 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises. University Trustee and President of Samsung Electronics America Tim Baxter ’83 will also be awarded an honorary degree.

This event is not open to the public; tickets are required.

RWU Law Commencement

The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland – the recently retired Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice who was the first African-American appointed to the state’s centuries-old bench and notably voted in favor of same-sex marriage as his state became the first in the nation to legalize it – will deliver the Commencement address and be awarded an honorary degree at the Roger Williams University School of Law ceremony. The School of Law will also present an honorary degree to Providence-based defense attorney Robert B. Mann of Mann & Mitchell.

Bestselling Author Nathaniel Philbrick to Deliver 2015 Commencement Address

April 6, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick – whose scholarship has made New England’s early history, from the Mayflower landing to the Battle of Bunker Hill, accessible to audiences both on the page and onscreen in the upcoming Ron Howard film In the Heart of the Sea – will address the Roger Williams University Class of 2015 and receive an honorary degree at the University’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16.

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