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.”
BRISTOL, R.I. – If you recently bought a Boston Celtics ticket on the secondary market there is a good chance that you purchased it via student entrepreneur Amanda Calderon. In less than a year the junior marketing major has built a profitable business in the booming secondary ticket industry with her site Courtside Broker.
One might think it beginner’s luck, but the native of Morris Plains, N.J., has been churning out her own small businesses from an early age, making enough bucks with the recent endeavor to forgo further work-study assistance (she worked the Annual Fund Phonathon one year) or the typical college-student job.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University ranks among the top five for four-year construction management degree programs, according to a new national ranking.
The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) analyzed more than a dozen school-specific metrics for both online and on-campus programs, including graduation rates and student-teacher ratios. RWU, which offers an on-campus program in Bristol, ranked fifth out of 49 four-year construction management degree programs in the nation, according to the report.
“A bachelor of science degree in construction management at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island offers students a well-rounded education including courses in engineering, construction, business, mathematics, science and liberal arts in order to help the student achieve the necessary skills it takes to develop budgets, oversee building projects and manage project schedules,” the report said.
BRISTOL, R.I. – When the inventors of a cutting-edge wave energy technology needed help to take their concept to beta-testing for a chance at $1.5 million in funding, they turned to the experts at RWU’s School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has received a $500,000 gift from Hassenfeld Family Initiatives LLC to establish the Hassenfeld Projects -- an intensive, three-year initiative to expand and enhance its innovative work in experiential education.
The grant builds on RWU’s growing cadre of experiential programs that prepare students to meet the demands of today’s employers while building skill sets in areas such as economic development, sustainability and social justice.
BRISTOL, R.I. – With Roger Williams University’s marine scientist Koty Sharp at the helm, 20 leading coral reef scientists from around the United States met at RWU last week to explore ways research on non-tropical corals in New England waters can lead to solutions for tropical coral reef health across the globe.