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University to Welcome 1,200 New Students at Convocation 2014

August 18, 2014

Bristol, R.I. – On Saturday, Aug. 23, more than 1,200 new students will mark the official beginning of their academic journey at Roger Williams University at the 2014 Convocation ceremony, an annual rite of passage for each year’s entering class that serves as a formal welcoming for new students and their families to the campus community.

The ceremony will kick off at 2 p.m. with a processional march led by Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band and followed by the national anthem performed by Drastic Measures, an all-student a cappella group. New students and their families will be greeted by fellow students as well as the University staff and faculty including the University president, provost and Student Senate president.

With all students dressed in regalia, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Eisinger will lead them in reciting the University’s Pledge of Academic Integrity, in which students promise to challenge each other, conduct themselves honorably and assist one another as they live and work together in mutual support.

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Community Connections Celebrates 10 Years

August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Monday, Aug. 25, some 1,400 students, faculty and staff from Roger Williams University will lead the 10th Annual Community Connections day – the largest service program in the region – in which teams of students, faculty and staff will work together with 56 local nonprofits on projects that range from cleaning local parks, to running bingo at senior centers, to creating art projects with developmentally disabled adults.

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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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Talking in the Library: How Research Tells the Stories from History

“From the Stacks to the Pages: How Research Tells the Stories from History” features a panel discussion with a historical author and a historical re-enactor. Taylor M. Polites is the author of The Rebel Wife and other works appearing in the anthologies, Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, and the upcoming, Providence Noir. He teaches in the Wilkes University Creative Writing MFA program, at Roger Williams University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Jeffrey Meriwether is an Associate Professor of History at RWU and a U.S. Navy Reservist. Since 2003, Meriwether has taken full advantage of the region’s colonial roots by signing on as a Revolutionary War re-enactor with His Majesty’s Tenth Regiment of Foot, one of several British regiments stationed in the Boston area during the Revolution.

Talking in the Library: Lincoln in Fiction

In conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Library Association traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” RWU Writer-in-Residence Adam Braver revisits his debut novel, “Mr. Lincoln's Wars.” Braver is the author of five novels. His books have been translated and published in France, Italy, Japan, Turkey and Russia. They have been selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Program, the Book Sense 76 list, and the Indie Next list. 

University Begins Negotiations for Providence Campus Location

August 4, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.  – The Roger Williams University Board of Trustees has authorized negotiations to move forward with Berkeley Investments Inc. for its Providence Campus expansion. The University is currently considering leasing 76,000 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza. 

With an anticipated opening in June 2016, the move would nearly double the University’s footprint in downtown Providence and allow more students – law students, adult learners and undergraduates – access to enhanced learning and engagement opportunities in the capital city. The building will provide expanded space for the University’s School of Law, School of Continuing Studies and growing array of community engagement programs, including the Community Partnerships Center, Latino Policy Institute, HousingWorks RI and more.   

The new campus location would replace RWU’s Metro Center at 150 Washington Street in Providence.

 

 

 

 

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: 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.

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.

Fourth of July Float Honors American Heroes

July 2, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – They may not have famous names or recognizable faces, but they’re our neighbors, friends and family – and who we turn to when help is needed.

This year’s Roger Williams University float marching in the Bristol Fourth of July Parade is dedicated to “Great American Heroes” – first-responders and members of the military. A collaborative tradition among orientation student staff and facilities staff, planning begins in March, with construction of the 38-foot-long float kicking into high gear by the end of May.