BRISTOL, R.I. – Two RWU students recently placed first and third at the 16th Chinese Bridge East USA Preliminary for College Students and 7th Chinese Bridge Speech Contest for University Students in New England held at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Hosted by the Confucius Institute at UMass Boston, the competition is open to current college students from non-Chinese speaking families and students who did not grow up in Chinese-speaking areas. Students are broken up into three groups for the competition according to their time and experience learning Chinese.
RWU's Galen Shrand '18, a political science major and east Asian studies minor, took home first place in the intermediate group as "The Best Speech Presenter." Ye Lin Aung '17, an architecture and graphic design double major, placed third in the advanced group. Both were among 23 finalists from local and national colleges and universities. They delivered their speeches in Chinese, answered questions from the judges in Chinese and performed a talent show.
BRISTOL, R.I. – As it strives to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff and student body, Roger Williams University is hiring Ame Lambert as its first Chief Diversity Officer.
Since 2010, Lambert has been working to improve diversity and inclusion as the chief diversity officer at Champlain College, in Burlington, Vt., and she will continue that important work at RWU, beginning June 13.
“I am delighted that Ame has accepted our offer to be RWU’s first Chief Diversity Officer,” RWU President Donald J. Farish said. “She has a strong track record in this field, and her co-workers at her previous campus gave her top marks for her commitment, expertise and capacity to work effectively with others.”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On Wednesday evening, Roger Williams University students and faculty gathered with community partners to celebrate the significant impact of more than 100 community-engaged projects. These partnerships equip students with the skills and experiences that today’s employers demand while benefiting local and global communities from the Ocean State’s Capital City to Central America.
BRISTOL, R.I. – NBC 10 anchor Patrice Wood will deliver the commencement address at the Roger Williams University graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 20.
Wood, who has been delivering the news at Channel 10 (WJAR) in Rhode Island for more than 37 years, will be joined at the graduation ceremony by her husband, Paul Pabis, who is receiving a master’s degree in leadership from RWU, and by her daughter, Stephanie, who is receiving a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from RWU. Wood will receive an honorary degree in communications.
The university also will confer an honorary degree to Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, chair of the Women & Infants Health Care Alliance, president and CEO of Women’s Care, former medical director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, and a clinical associate professor at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Ready to Learn Providence, a program that aims to close the achievement gap for low-income students by working with family members and early-childhood educators, has found a new home at Roger Williams University.
Ready to Learn Providence, which had been part of The Providence Plan, has trained more than 3,500 center- and home-based educators working in some of Providence’s most distressed neighborhoods, in addition to Pawtucket, Central Falls and other parts of the state. The goal is to improve the education and health of children ages 8 and younger by working with the adults who play crucial roles in their lives – family members, early childhood educators and medical practitioners. Professional development courses have included Mind in the Making, The Incredible Years and, most recently, Providence Talks.
BRISTOL, R.I. – In preparing for the Super Bowl, companies such as Airbnb and Audi, Anheuser-Busch and 84 Lumber decided to run ads that tackled societal and political issues such as equal pay for women and a mammoth border wall.
Perhaps those decisions are unsurprising at a time when political passions are running high, people are marching in protests and many corporations are concluding it’s time to take a stand. But aside from whether executives think such ads are the right call to make (regardless of the consequences), the question remains: is brand activism a win or a loss for a company’s bottom line?
A newly published study in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice finds that linking political or social positions with brands offers no clear benefit, even when viewers agree with a stance, but it does pose the potential for significant damage to the brand’s interests, when consumers do not agree with that position.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University will continue its year-long “Quest for Refuge” series during the spring semester, examining the political and cultural impact of the global refugee crisis and celebrating stories of survival as staggering numbers of displaced people seek refuge around the world.
“As a private university that serves the public good, Roger Williams is committed to bringing to our students and the outside community topics and speakers of great relevance to the issues that beset our world today,” RWU President Donald J. Farish said. “To date, the speakers and films in our ‘Quest for Refuge’ series have been outstanding, and I’m confident the same will hold true for the spring semester. There is no admission charge to any part of this series. Please come, listen, learn and discuss the Quest for Refuge.”
Roger Williams University is a partner in the project and plans to be the anchor tenant in the renovated building, which will provide public gallery space, shared office space for local cultural groups and a home for Arts in Common. RWU plans to use one floor for academic programming and community engagement activities.
The goal is to revive a historic, 19th-century school building located on the Town Common, demonstrating to Bristol residents the power of the arts to revitalize the social and civic life of the town common.
BELLE ANSE, HAITI — Bernard Georges, a Roger Williams University graduate who founded New Bridges for Haitian Success, succeeded this month in delivering a large shipment of food, clothing and bottled water to people devastated by the Category 4 hurricane that slammed Haiti in October.
He said he oversaw the distribution of 417 bags of supplies — each containing rice, beans, clothes, shoes, soap, hand sanitizer and bottles of water. He took part in a free clinic that provided basic medical supplies. And he distributed school supplies and toys to about 80 Haitian children as schools prepare to reopen in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Center for Economic and Environmental Development is now enrolling students for Applied Shellfish Farming, a non-credit course offered during the winter/spring semester that teaches both aspiring shellfish farmers and aquaculture professionals the ins and outs of commercially growing oysters, quahogs, scallops and mussels.
The 14-week program -- led by Dale Leavitt, aquaculture extension specialist and professor of marine biology at RWU -- is designed to aid new and experienced shellfish farmers to start or grow their shellfish farming enterprise in Rhode Island and other areas of Southern New England.