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CPC Tackles 27 Community Projects this Fall

October 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With the fall semester in full swing, more than 27 new projects are now underway from the Community Partnerships Center (CPC) at Roger Williams University, including a wide scope of new ventures – from potentially expanding the Crompton Library in West Warwick to revising an affordable housing plan in Lincoln. Latino Public Radio, GrowSmart Rhode Island and the Providence Public Library are among the new project partners that have joined the growing list of area nonprofits that have collaborated with RWU faculty and students on a variety of community initiatives that will benefit cities and towns throughout Southeastern New England.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Join the Student Veterans Alliance, Military and Veteran's Law Association, ROTC and President Donald Farish in honoring our veterans with a ceremony in front of the Administration Building. Please join us in honoring those within our community who have served. The ceremony will include remarks by Mr. Farish, invocation by the Reverend Nancy Soukup, a performance by student group Drastic Measures, and serving as master of ceremonies will be Kevin Hayden, Director of Study Abroad Programs. Guest speaker will be Jennifer Conole, RWU Career Advisor. Conole, an NROTC graduate from Holy Cross, is a US Navy veteran and has subsequently worked as a civilian with the US Coast Guard before joining the University. For more information, contact Scott Yonan at syonan@rwu.edu or 401-254-3389.

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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Grant Writing Workshop

Interested in applying for federal, state, or foundation grants but don’t know where to start? Have a great research or program idea and want to explore how to write a grant for external funding? Join us for a Grant Writing Workshop for faculty and administrators presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Workshop topics include: how to find grant opportunities; tips for improving your chances for funding; elements of a strong proposal; developing a budget; grant policies and procedures at RWU and next steps after receiving an award notification. Participants will receive a binder that includes sample proposals, grantwriting tips, resources for identifying grant opportunities, and RWU guidelines.

Science and the R.I. Gubernatorial Election

On the eve of mid-term elections, a panel of science experts will discuss how political party platforms relate to the health of Rhode Islanders, STEM education, energy policies, and sustainability.

Panelists include:

  • Avelina Espinosa, RWU Biology & NESP (speaking on health, science education)
  • June Speakman, RWU Political Science (speaking on women’s rights)
  • Max Greene, Staff Attorney CLF (speaking on sustainability)
  • Abigail Anthony Director, Rhode Island Office Environment Northeast ENE (speaking on energy alternatives)

Audience Q&A to follow panel presentation. The event is open to the community and free of charge. This event will be live streamed on www.hawkthevote.com/.

This event is sponsored by New England Science Public (NESP), Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and the RWU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (RWU SPJ).

HUD Secretary Visits RWU for Discussion on LPI, HousingWorks Affordability Data

October 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Representatives David Cicilline and James Langevin, R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee and others today for a roundtable discussion focused on housing affordability and Latinos in Rhode Island, convened by the University’s Latino Policy Institute and HousingWorksRI at Roger Williams University.

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Transferring Skills and Meeting Needs in Chaos and Insecurity: Life in NGOs in 2014

Jeff Ratcliffe has more than 18 years of experience as a grants manager, country director, and programs manager in post-conflict and international development. He has spent almost his entire career working abroad throughout Africa (including Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Zambia). He has also worked in the Philippines, Haiti, and Honduras.

Ratcliffe has managed grants for work funded by USAID, USDOL, CDC, and private donations. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and speaks Hausa and French. He holds a Master of Public Administration (Utah) and a Master of Humanitarian Services Administration (Connecticut).

Ebola, Sacred Rituals, and 75 Cents: What Needs to Change to Stop the Disease

Jeff Ratcliffe has more than 18 years of experience in post-conflict and international development as grants manager, country director and programs manager. Mr. Ratcliffe has worked in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ratcliffe has managed grants for work funded by USAID, USDOL, CDC and private donations in Haiti, the Philippines, Honduras, Ethiopia, Zambia, Guinea, and the Gambia. Ratcliffe has worked with many organizations including ACDI/VOCA, ChildFund International and the American Refugee Committee. Ratcliffe was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and speaks Hausa and French. Mr. Ratcliffe holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Services Administration.

RWU, RWU Law Extend Affordability, Excellence Measures into 2015-16

October 2, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With freshman undergraduate enrollment up 15 percent in two years and the number of first-year law students up 24 percent since last fall – all in an admissions climate characterized by sharply shrinking enrollments, particularly in New England – Roger Williams University has pledged to continue its Affordable Excellence initiative to confront increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing higher education today.

At the undergraduate level, this means the University’s tuition freeze (which has locked tuition at $29,976 since 2012) and four-year tuition guarantee (which can save students as much as $15,000 by ensuring that tuition will not rise during a student’s time on campus) now extend through the 2015-16 academic year.

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Confronting ISIL: Policy Challenges and Considerations

A faculty roundtable discussion about the challenges that America faces with regards to the spread of ISIL in Iraq and Syria.