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Homecoming & Family Weekend to Feature Fun, Friends

October 21, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Whether you’re a dedicated Hawk who never leaves campus or an alumnus/a seeking to reconnect with old friends, get ready to turn up your blue and gold at Homecoming and Family Weekend! The celebration that conjures RWU pride in students, alumni, families and faculty/staff alike will take place from October 24 to 26. 

Finding something fun to do this weekend won’t be hard – with a jam-packed schedule of lively events, there’s something for everyone. Get in the Hawk frame of mind by supporting winter sports teams at the Midnight Madness pep rally, or by attending any number of games and matches happening on campus. Alumni can revisit their college sports days by playing in the Alumni Softball Game or registering for the Homecoming 5K Race, which is also open to all students, families, and faculty. Families can get to know the area better with tours of campus and of scenic Bristol, and by noshing on candy apples at Autumn Fest on the Commons Quad. Special musical and comedic performances will also be an option for entertainment.

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With Alumna as Lead, Silent Witness Initiative Launches Tool to Provide Better Access to Domestic Violence Data

September 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – To help prevent and decrease the number of domestic violence incidents – which in 2012 totaled approximately 810,790 cases and claimed the lives of nearly 1,300 men and women in the U.S. – leaders from the Silent Witness Initiative have collaborated with Roger Williams University to launch a comprehensive online database that makes domestic violence case data more easily accessible, intelligible and organized. The new tool will be formally unveiled on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at a candlelight vigil and march on the Roger Williams campus, featuring RWU students, faculty and staff, other Silent Witness college chapters, as well as friends and family members of domestic violence victims.

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Oysters, Oysters Everywhere

September 22, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – It’s been just two years since Hannah Pearson ’13 left the Luther Blount Shellfish Hatchery at RWU, but she has waded into familiar territory just an hour north at the Island Creek Oyster Farm in Duxbury, Mass.

As shellfish hatchery manager, Pearson spends her days in “The Treehouse” – a multi-level aquaculture lab created in a warehouse adjacent to the Duxbury Harbor. (Think your cubicle, but way cooler.) It’s here that Pearson raises her “babies”: 100 million oyster eggs — 12 miilion of which became mature enough this season to go from farm to fork via Island Creek’s wholesale market.

But Pearson’s is not your typical Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job. For 10 months of the year, she is at the beck and call of the baby oysters, cleaning and feeding them.

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Tuesday’s ABC6 Gubernatorial Debate at RWU Postponed

September 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University learned today from WLNE-TV ABC6 that the Gubernatorial Debate scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Campus Recreation Center will be postponed until further notice due to a scheduling conflict.

While the hope is to find a new date in late September or early October that will allow the Roger Williams campus to serve as the venue for the debate and the live ABC6 broadcast, those details have not yet been confirmed. The university expects to share specifics on a potential rescheduled debate – along with complete details on the ticket reservation process – in the coming two weeks.

In summary: the Gubernatorial Debate will not take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16; more details on a possible rescheduled debate at Roger Williams will be provided soon.

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ABC6, Cox and RWU Join Forces on Gubernatorial Debate, Rescheduled for Oct. 28

October 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Exactly one week before Rhode Islanders visit the polls on Election Day, WLNE-TV/ ABC 6 will broadcast a gubernatorial debate featuring the candidates on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7 pm live from the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol. The hour-long debate is made possible through the generous support of Cox Communications and Cox Business.

ABC6 News Anchor John DeLuca will moderate the program. Panelists will include ABC6 News Anchor and Chief Political Analyst Mark Curtis, WHJJ Radio talk show host Ron St. Pierre, and Robert Eisinger, dean of the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences at Roger Williams.

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Grow, Eat Your Own Oysters: Dockside Aquaculture Program Returns

July 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Rhode Island coastal homeowners can now grow, eat and enjoy their own oysters as Roger Williams University kicks off registration for its dockside aquaculture program, a summer course offering that provides local residents with the knowledge, tools and official license to safely farm oysters on their waterfront property.

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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 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

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 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!