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Local Girl Scouts Test Science Skills at RWU

February 9, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Roger Williams University chapter of Society of Women Engineers hosted 46 local Girl Scouts for a “Physics is Phun” workshop – an annual hands-on science program that allows scouts from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England to earn a new badge by completing six different experiments on electricity, force and motion, aeronautics, optics, acoustics and space.

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New Social Media Tool Celebrates, Publicizes Student Achievements

January 29, 2016

Bristol, R.I. – Made the Dean’s List? Went abroad? Volunteered? There’s a Merit badge for that.

Roger Williams University has expanded its partnership with Merit Pages, a new, online platform that allows the University to recognize students through virtual achievement badges awarded for collegiate experiences ranging from community projects to academic achievements to conference presentations and more.

“The Merit Pages platform is essentially a 21st century version of the hometown newspaper outreach that colleges have used for decades,” says Brian E. Clark, the University’s director of public affairs. “Whether for Dean’s List, graduation or a specific academic achievement that we elect to publicize, the system still targets hometown papers but also gets the news out via social media and to a network of key stakeholders.”

From Shore to Plate: Step-by-Step Guide to Filleting and Sautéeing Scup

December 28, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Anyone who’s landed a scup and brought it home as dinner most likely served it up whole: head, tail and all. That’s because the pint-sized native fish presents a challenge for any culinary artist to fillet, according to Jon Cambra, head chef for Bon Appétit at Roger Williams University.

With the shores off New England teeming for centuries with plentiful scup, the silvery finish has been fished by generations of recreational fishermen dating back to the earliest settlers of this land – Roger Williams, the University’s namesake, wrote in 1643 of how the colonists salted and sun-dried scup, while the Narragansetts smoked the fish.

And with cod disappearing from New England waters, scup has become an “up-and-coming fish,” Cambra says, landing on menus of local restaurants around the state. When available, Cambra chooses scup (or redfish, another plentiful native fish) for familiar dishes like chowder and fish tacos at the RWU Dining Commons, where the head chef strives to purchase local foods as much as possible, including native seafood.

Remembering the Holocaust with Rosalie Franks

December 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Seventy years have passed since the Holocaust ended with liberation of the concentration camps, but people like Rosalie Franks work to ensure its legacy is never forgotten.

In the 1990s, she devoted five years to interviewing 92 Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (now the USC Shoah Foundation), a web archive of 51,000 video testimonials from survivors around the world.  Since that experience, Franks – a longtime adjunct professor of critical writing, literature and philosophy at Roger Williams – has brought back lessons on human rights and social justice to her classroom.

What preparation did the Shoah Foundation give you?

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Town of Bristol, University Celebrate Initiatives Supported by Fund for Civic Activities

November 18, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – More than 60 people representing local nonprofits and community organizations gathered today at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center in Bristol to join Town Administrator Antonio A. Teixeira, Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish and members of the 12-person Town / University Cooperative Committee to celebrate the impact of the Fund for Civic Activities initiative, which has awarded nearly $200,000 in University-provided grant funds to some 130 projects since 2007.

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University Extends Unprecedented Tuition Freeze and Guarantee

November 16, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of unveiling a new core purpose, core values and university goal, Roger Williams University has once again committed to continuing its Affordable Excellence initiative for both its undergraduate and law students as a proactive measure against 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 guarantee (which can save students as much as $15,000 by ensuring that tuition will not increase during a student’s time on campus) now extend through the 2016-17 academic year.

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Birss Memorial Library Exhibition: "In Cold Blood" and Truman Capote

As part of the 16th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Exhibition, the “'In Cold Blood' and Truman Capote” exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of this major work of literature, hailed as the first major "non-fiction novel." The exhibition is open daily through March 31 during the library's operating hours. 

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