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RWU Announces $500,000 Gift to Establish Hassenfeld Projects

September 6, 2016

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.  

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Coral Reef Scientists Hope Local Coral Holds Key to Tropical Reef Conservation Strategies

August 12, 2016

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.

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RWU Marine Scientists to Work Toward Reef Conservation at International Coral Reef Symposium

June 24, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Two marine science experts from Roger Williams University joined 2,500 scientists, policy makers and environmental managers from 70 nations this week to share the latest research and devise strategies for conserving and protecting coral reefs around the world at the 13th Annual International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu.

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Student Team Leads Brand Coventry Campaign to Promote Town’s History, Community

May 4, 2016

Coventry, R.I. – For their media relations course this spring with Assistant Professor Hume Johnson, the students – Alissa McGeehan, Anderson James and Michelle Ryder – did not lead mock press events or create strategic plans for pretend crisis scenarios, but instead served a real client by partnering with the City of Coventry to launch a rebranding campaign for the town.

Through the Community Partnerships Center, town leaders of the “Celebrate Coventry!” committee began collaborating with the students in January. After conducting research, touring the Town and meeting with local community members, the students created a strategic media plan with ideas on how the town could promote tourism and community involvement by planning new events, increasing the committee’s use of social media and securing positive media coverage on the Town’s cultural history and thriving businesses.

Local Fifth Graders Go To College for the Day

May 3, 2016

More than 300 local students descended on the Roger Williams University campus today for the annual 5th Grade Day event.

Now in its ninth year, the program was created to provide elementary students with an opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers, set high academic goals, tour the campus and participate in team-building activities.

Superintendent Dr. Mario Andrade helped kick-off the day’s activities by offering welcoming remarks to the students and also presenting a plaque of appreciation to KC Ferrara, director of the University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

“I want to acknowledge Roger Williams University for their spirit and commitment to hosting the ninth annual 5th Grade Day and for inspiring our students to dream big,” says Andrade.

American Red Cross Partners with RWU Students for 100 Years of Service Campaign

April 22, 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI., — The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. As part of the celebration, the Red Cross has partnered with Roger Williams University to create the signature piece of the Centennial celebration.

Led by RWU Faculty Member John Farmer, graphic design students from the University created the “Century of Service” Traveling Exhibit as part of a Community Partnerships Center project. To build the exhibit – which includes 12 large poster panels – RWU students met with leaders from the American Red Cross Rhode Island chapter to research its history and identify historical objects, articles and photos that formed the exhibit’s historical timeline which depicts significant milestones and achievements of the organization over the last century. Some milestones featured include the USS Bennington disaster, the Hurricanes of 1938 and 1944 and the Red Cross Water Safety Program which started with native Rhode Islander Commodore W.E. Longfellow.

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Students Capture Third Place in Student Advertising Competition

April 19, 2016

BOSTON, M.A. – For a fourth time in recent years, Roger Williams University students continued to build on their success in a competitive student advertising competition with a third-place win this month.

This year, an interdisciplinary team of 22 students – comprised of majors in marketing, graphic design, web development and media communication – competed in the regional round of the 2016 National Student Advertising Competition, earning the top-three finish against nine other colleges and universities from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In the annual competition, the National Student Advertising Campaign, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, enlists a corporate sponsor to provide a case study that identifies a real-world problem, as well as associated campaign objectives and a campaign budget. The challenge this year was to generate greater brand engagement for Snapple and appeal to consumers beyond the beverage company’s traditional stronghold in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

Criminal Justice Faculty Expert Works with East Bridgewater Police on Initiative to Stem Opioid Epidemic, Shift to Treatment Model

April 12, 2016

EAST BRIDGEWATER, MASS. – With the help of a criminal justice expert from Roger Williams University, the East Bridgewater Police Department is tackling the city’s opioid epidemic through a groundbreaking approach to law enforcement.

The East Bridgewater Police Department recently engaged RWU Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Sean Varano to provide technical assistance in guiding the launch of a new initiative to connect opioid addicts to treatment and services. It’s part of an ongoing collaboration with Varano and Stonehill College Professor of Criminology Pam Kelly to contribute their expert services to the Plymouth County Opiate Overdose Prevention Task Force – a coalition of the Plymouth County District Attorney, Plymouth County Sherriff, Brockton Police Department and East Bridgewater Police Department, among others – with whom they have been working for several years on substance abuse-reduction efforts in the City of Brockton.

RWU’s Writing Program Earns National Award for Excellence

April 7, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition has earned the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program Certificate of Excellence Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.

One of only two universities in the nation to capture this year’s award, RWU’s writing studies program received this national distinction for programming that imaginatively addresses the needs and opportunities of students and instructors, and offers exemplary ongoing professional development for faculty members. The other recipient is Oakland University’s major in writing and rhetoric program.

Marine Biology Faculty Member Contributes Veterinary Expertise

April 1, 2016

Bristol, R.I. -- If there is an EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) research project in Rhode Island investigating the health or disease of marine animals, there is a good chance Roxanna Smolowitz is involved.

With deep expertise in aquatic veterinary science, Smolowitz regularly teams up with her colleagues at EPSCoR partner institutions, from developing tools to combat aquaculture disease to seeking answers to a mysterious and prolonged sea star die off.

In her first RI Science and Technolocy Council (STAC) grant, in 2012, Smolowitz collaborated with URI professors David Rowley, David Nelson, and Marta Gomez-Chiarri on using marine bacteria as a protective agent against disease.

“The idea was, are there different kinds of bacteria we could add to larval cultures of bivalves specific to oysters to increase healthiness and get more animals through the metamorphosis stage,” explains Smolowitz, noting that one Vibrio bacterial disease, in particular, is responsible for high rates of larval death.