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HousingWorks RI and RWU Expand Partnership

July 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of a synergetic collaboration that began in 2012, Roger Williams University (RWU) has fully integrated HousingWorks RI (HWRI) into its Division of University Outreach and Engagement, as of July 1.

HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University will continue to be housed at the University’s Providence campus at 150 Washington Street. The completed integration creates further synergy between the strategic objectives of RWU and the research, policy and communications work of HWRI. On top of the expanded partnership, Nicole Lagace has been named Director and will lead HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University in furthering its position as the authoritative source of information about housing in Rhode Island.

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RWU Joins Planet Forward University Consortium

July 7, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University is one of 10 universities internationally to join the Planet Forward University Consortium, a newly launched multimedia, digital storytelling collaborative aimed at providing an added voice for those working on sustainability challenges such as food security, water, energy and climate change.

Based at the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Planet Forward engages young people, opinion leaders, and innovators in finding solutions for the biggest challenges facing the planet. It provides a forum for experts and engaged citizens to come together to find solutions to shared challenges, specifically in the areas of energy, climate and sustainability.

Aviation Safety Invention Scores Top FAA Prize for Student Engineers

June 30, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With the invention of an original and economical wind shear detection device, four Roger Williams University engineering students earned top honors in the national 2014 Federal Aviation Administration Design Competition for Universities.

Samantha Gildersleeve ’14, Stephanie Norris ’14, Benny Tortorici ’14, and Andrew Wilson ’14 received first place in the runway safety category for their creation of the Protection Against Wind Shear (PAWS) system, a device that detects and transmits low-level wind shear at general aviation airports. Wind shear – a rapid change in wind speed or direction traveling at an angle – poses a serious hazard to departing and arriving planes, and can result in accidents and occasional fatalities.

An open-ended challenge, the competition required students to identify a significant aviation-related issue and engineer a solution to the problem, consulting airport operators and industry experts on their designs. The national FAA design challenge is open to all undergraduates and graduate students in colleges and universities across the United States.

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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.

Off the Script: Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers

June 19, 2013

Read anything lately about K-12 and/or higher education reform? Imagine the challenge that today’s education majors (our future teachers) face while learning in the midst of such spirited debate playing out publicly, day in and day out. Kelly Donnell – a faculty member at Roger Williams since 2006 who becomes dean of the School of Education this summer – chats with Don Farish on how best to prepare teacher-leaders for K-12 classrooms in the 21st century.

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From Seaweed to Secret Passageways: Beyond the Pages of RWU Magazine Issue 10

June 24, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Wanted more between the pages of RWU Magazine's spring issue? Us, too! Whether you're enjoying your issue of RWU poolside, lakeside or surfside, here is some extra content to sink your teeth into -- from seaweed recipes to misunderstood zombies. 

And, while you revel in the relaxation of summer break, we'll be hard at work creating the next issue. As always, we want to hear from you, our readers. Let us know how you like the current magazine and send us your story ideas at magazine@rwu.edu. Happy reading!

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RWU Appoints Dean of Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

June 5, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has appointed accomplished scholar, educator and administrator Susan McTiernan, Ph.D., to lead the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. As dean, she will serve as the school’s academic and administrative leader.

McTiernan comes to Roger Williams from Quinnipiac University, where she served as associate dean and associate professor of management in the School of Business since 2010.

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Judge William E. Smith to Chair RWU Law Board of Directors

June 4, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Chief Judge William E. Smith of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island has been elected chair of Roger Williams University School of Law’s Board of Directors.

Five new directors were also named: Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court; alumna Nicole Benjamin, Esq. ’06, an attorney at Adler Pollock & Sheehan in Providence; Hinna Mirza Upal, Esq. ’07, deputy general counsel of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Kenneth E. Arnold, Esq., senior vice president and general counsel of Lifespan Corporation; and George L. Santopietro, Esq., an attorney at Coia & Lepore, Ltd.

With ‘The Circle’ as Guide, Campus to Explore Intersection of Technology and Privacy

June 3, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Published in 2013, The Circle – a novel by award-winning writer Dave Eggers that considers the consequences of surrendering personal lives for public exhibition in the digital age – raises questions about privacy and identity, the ethics of powerful corporations and which entities should be allowed to collect our personal data.

With the selection of The Circle as the 2014 Common Reading text at Roger Williams University, the incoming class will have the opportunity to explore those questions (and many more) in depth through a series of conversations and events this summer and across the entirety of the 2014-15 academic year.

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New School of Education Dean to Take Office on July 1

June 3, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has named accomplished educator Kelly A. Donnell, Ph.D., dean of its School of Education, a role in which she will serve as the School’s academic and administrative leader.

Donnell has served as an associate professor of education at Roger Williams since 2006, teaching a range of undergraduate and graduate courses and developing new curriculum. She’s been a key contributor to several Rhode Island Department of Education program reviews, was an early proponent of the Master of Arts in Teaching partnership with the Gordon School and has been instrumental in the makeover of the School of Education’s field operations office.

Donnell says the opportunity to further strengthen connections between the School’s students and faculty with educators across the region made the role of dean an ideal fit.