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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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A Field Guide to Local Seaweed

June 23, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Algae is abundant in waters worldwide – and the number of seaweed species is vast and largely unknown. Associate Professor of Biology Brian Wysor has dedicated his career to researching the biodiversity of marine flora, and for the past 6 years has applied NSF grant funding to research what he calls the “extraordinarily rich” marine flora across the isthmus. A shorter-term biodiversity study in Rhode Island is projected to turn up between 200 and 300 seaweed species, Wysor says. Head down to the RWU waterfront, he says, and in 20 minutes you can find as many distinct species along the shoreline.

RWU partnered with Wysor, his research assistants Courtney Anderson ’14 and Ben Korry ’13, and alumna Katie Hurley ’12 – an assistant biologist at Smithers Viscient Environmental Testing and Regulatory Laboratory on Cape Code – to provide an illustrated field guide to some of the common species you might encounter on your next trip to the beach. Click here to view.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Autumn Festival

Join the Homecoming and Family Weekend committee at Autumn Festival. Activities include pumpkin painting, candy apples, live music performance by guitarist Austin Renfroe and dance performances by our student groups, activities for families and students; and so much more. Visit www.rwu.edu/homecoming for more information.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: King & Queen Coronation

Share in the Homecoming tradition of crowning the Homecoming King and Queen, as this campus event kicks off the Autumn Fest afternoon. For more information visit www.rwu.edu/homecoming/.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: 5K Road Race

Join the RWU Cross Country team in the 3nd Annual Homecoming 5K Race! This on-campus race is open to all parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff. Visit www.rwu.edu/homecoming to register.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Midnight Madness

Sponsored by Campus Entertainment Network, come out and show your Hawk Pride for RWU Athletics! Cheer on our winter sports teams at a night of high energy music, dancing, competitions and prizes. Midnight Madness is for students, family, and alumni to show their RWU spirit!

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Casino Night

Come enjoy the excitement and the feel of a real casino at Casino Night without the worries of losing your shirt! Sit down at one of the many gaming tables which will include blackjack, roulette, Caribbean poker, or “go all in” at Texas hold ‘em. Don’t miss this opportunity to feel like a high roller or just come and join us for an evening of fun. Casino Night will also have a Dance Dance Revolution Tournament and photo booth.

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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Slideshow: Friends Reunite at Alumni Weekend

June 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Friends and families reunited at the 4th Annual Alumni Weekend over golfing, lobster and a glimpse of the work of faculty and students taking place around Roger Williams University.

Highlights of the weekend, held on campus from June 6 to June 8, included the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic, a casino night and lobster clambake, a Mount Hope Bay tour on the Rum Runner II, the SAAHP Women’s Leadership Network, and much more.

The annual Alumni Association awards ceremony honored the following distinguished alumni:

  • Contessa Brown ’06, ’13M, Young Alumni Achievement Award
     
  • Ashley Gingerella O’Shea ’ 07, Alumni Service Award
     
  • Peter Kilmartin ’88, ’98L, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

 

Make Peace, Find Love and Don’t Settle – With Words of Advice, the Class of 2014 Graduates

May 17, 2014

Bristol, R.I. – The weather may have started wet, but the sun broke through and Commencement celebrations among more than 6,000 graduates and guests were hardly dampened, as the 1,035 members of the Roger Williams University Class of 2014 culminated their college careers on Saturday at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates, RWU President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to two special guests: the Honorable Lincoln D. Chafee, the 74th governor of the State of Rhode Island; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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