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School of Continuing Studies Launches New Degree Program for Emergency Medicine Professionals

May 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – To meet the demand for educational opportunities for both current and future emergency medicine professionals, the School of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University has launched Rhode Island’s first bachelor’s degree program in emergency medical services, with classes slated to begin this fall.

The program is open to any student interested in joining the emergency care field and will serve as one of the state’s only professional development opportunities for paramedics, emergency medical technicians and first responders looking to advance clinical skills and training or pursue new career paths in areas such as healthcare administration, public health or hospital and emergency management.

Commencement 2015: Full Coverage Available Here

May 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Saturday, May 16, the Roger Williams University Class of 2015 students completed the traditional crossing of the Commencement stage to receive their hard-earned degrees. Joining them was honorary degree recipient and keynote speaker, Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author on New England’s early history, from the Mayflower to the Battle of Bunker Hill. University Trustee and President of Samsung Electronics America Tim Baxter ’83 was also awarded an honorary degree.

A day earlier, the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, the recently retired Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice who was the first African-American appointed to the state’s centuries-old bench, addressed the RWU Law graduating class in a separate ceremony on the Bristol campus.

Please see the following stories, slideshows and other coverage related to this year’s exercises:

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On Explorers and Surprises: Nathaniel Philbrick's Commencement Address

May 16, 2015

Thank you, President Farish, distinguished trustees, faculty, students, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends. What a pleasure and an honor it is to be here today. Here at the southern tip of the Mount Hope peninsula, we are at a place that I have always regarded as a kind of sacred wormhole into the past. So much has happened on this point of land and its surrounding waters—from the first interactions between native and European peoples to the first paroxysms of the American Revolution to the design and building of some of the most beautiful sailing vessels the world has ever known. And now all of you, the graduating class of Roger Williams University, are about to create your own kind of history.

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Fulbright Scholar Anthony Salazar ’15 to Teach in Germany

May 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With his eyes on the prize of a Fulbright award at the culmination of his undergraduate career at Roger Williams University, Anthony Salazar ’15 learned just six days before Commencement that his hard work and dedication have in fact earned him the distinction of Fulbright Scholar.

An international relations and German major, Salazar was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to teach English to primary or secondary schoolchildren in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, a mountainous region in the southwestern part of the country that borders France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Salazar is the fourth Roger Williams student in the past decade to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. A highly competitive and prestigious honor, the Fulbright Program awarded only 20 percent of nearly 5,000 applicants an English Teaching Assistant grant this year.

“I’ve been working hard with a Fulbright Scholarship in mind for the past four years; it’s been a lot of motivation to perform exceptionally well academically,” says Salazar, who leaves in late August to spend a year in Germany.

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RWU Grad Translates Research into Japan Teaching Appointment

May 8, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Ryan Monahan ’15 is just days away from graduating, but has a lot more on his plate than final exams – and a lot more on his résumé than the average student’s work study job. An English major and educational studies minor, Monahan has already established a professional portfolio of research and literature even before receiving his bachelor’s degree. With his eye on improving the future of the American public school system, he’ll first detour to Japan where he will teach English to Japanese schoolchildren.

“In the education program we talk about how to teach students, as well as the idea that teachers are also learning from their students through their interactions,” says Monahan. “I believe that I’ll learn a lot by teaching in public schools and even more by teaching in a new country – being exposed to a totally new culture and completely new area of the world to me.”

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RWU Celebrates 8th Annual 5th Grade Day

May 7, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – The library, wet lab and “the dorm with the Dunkin Donuts” were among the most memorable parts of campus for 5th grade students Ainsley and Arielle, who toured RWU on Tuesday as part of 5th Grade Day. The annual event brings more than 300 fifth graders to campus from the Bristol/Warren School District and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School to show the students a day in the life of an RWU student.

Now in its eighth year, 5th Grade Day 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.

From Hello to Goodbye: Yusuf Richie Afifi ’15

May 4, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Recognized across campus for years as a welcoming mentor helping new students acclimate to campus, Yusuf Richie Afifi will now salute his fellow graduating seniors with a fond farewell as student speaker during Commencement exercises on May 16.

A biology and chemistry major from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Afifi – who hopes to attend medical school after graduation – was selected as the student commencement speaker after several rounds of auditions. When he wasn’t elbows-deep in experiments in the chemistry lab, Afifi has worked behind the scenes to create many successful student events as member of the Inter-Class Council (where he worked his way up from class officer to executive council), helped hand-craft the University’s award-winning float for the Bristol Fourth of July Parade, and thrived on the rugby field among teammates he calls “a brotherhood like no other.”

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Pie Carol S.

Anyone who makes a donation to support Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life fundraiser can “pie” Carol Sacchetti, director of Student Programs & Leadership.

To Honor Memories, Support Survivors & Inspire Action – Relay for Life at RWU

April 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – For anyone on the Roger Williams campus with even a fleeting interest in the clubs, activities, events and organizations that comprise the University’s thriving student life scene, Carol Sacchetti – fearless leader of the Department of Student Programs & Leadership – is a familiar face.

And at least for a few folks, the temptation to throw a pie in that familiar face creeps to the surface from time to time. Thankfully, there’s an outlet for that urge – starting at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 1) on the quad, anyone who makes a donation to support Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life fundraiser can “pie” Sacchetti in person.

“Come pie me on Friday,” Sacchetti encourages, cheerfully. “Even the President pied me last year. Tony Montefusco from Housing pied me five times.”

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GSB Distinguished Leadership Lecture: Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis

Students and faculty are invited to the GSB Distinguished Leadership lecture that will be presented by Michael Angelakis, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chair of Comcast Corporation. A number of regional business leaders and Mario Gabelli will be in attendance. This is an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from a select group of exceptional business leaders. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Please RSVP via e-mail to Vincie Bertolino in the Dean’s Office at vbertolino@rwu.edu.

About Michael J. Angelakis

Michael J. Angelakis serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Corporation. Michael is responsible for all corporate development, strategic planning, investor relations, internal reporting, external reporting, taxation, and other financial and administrative matters at Comcast Corporation, as well as other oversight responsibilities.