ORLANDO, FLA. – A well-educated citizenry is needed to drive economic prosperity in the United States, and making affordable access to higher education into a national priority is imperative.
That’s according to remarks from Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish, delivered on Monday in a keynote speech at UBThrive, a new conference created by University Business magazine that gathered 1,200 university leaders together to share business enterprise, student success and executive leadership strategies.
“The big picture here has to do with the economic prosperity of this country,” Farish said. “If we think, metaphorically, of America as an automobile, higher education is the gas that makes it go. A well-educated workforce is essential for our long-term prosperity.”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Facing poverty and discrimination to a scarcity of jobs, food and childcare assistance, mixed-immigration-status Latino families in Rhode Island encounter major challenges – yet in the face of that adversity, they build strong family relationships, hold high educational expectations and benefit from bilingual communication skills of children in those households.
Hundreds of participants – from elected officials and city planners to university administrators, student affairs professionals and college students – convened at George Washington University to learn how to create innovative university/community partnerships and strengthen town/gown relationships in college towns.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Narrated by a 7-year-old-girl whose life of royal privilege erupts into revolution, In the Shadow of the Banyan – a 2012 novel written by Vaddey Ratner, who lived through Cambodia’s political uprising as a young girl – explores the Cambodian people’s resilience and perseverance despite forced exodus into labor camps, torture and starvation brought on by the rise of the Khmer Rouge, which killed at least 1.7 million people in the mid 1970s.
With the selection of In the Shadow of the Banyan as the 2015 Common Reading text at Roger Williams University, next fall’s incoming class will have the opportunity to examine this period in history and its enduring impact on society through conversations and events this summer and into the 2015-16 academic year – including a visit from the author in October.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.”
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.