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New Research Reveals a Slowdown of the Atlantic Ocean Overturning

March 23, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Atlantic overturning is one of Earth’s most important heat transport systems, pumping warm water northward and cold water southward. Also known as the Gulf Stream system, it is responsible for the mild climate in northwestern Europe. A team of researchers from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Pennsylvania State University and Roger Williams University has now found evidence for a slowdown of the overturning – multiple lines of observation suggest that in recent decades, the current system has been weaker than ever before in the last century, or even in the last millennium. The gradual but accelerating melting of the Greenland ice-sheet, caused by manmade global warming, is a possible major contributor to the slowdown.

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Seasoned Men’s Soccer Head Coach Jim Cook to Retire

March 12, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – After an illustrious career as men’s soccer head coach at Roger Williams University, Jim Cook will retire at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.

“After a tremendous career that positively affected hundreds of student-athletes, Coach Cook is retiring and leaving behind an incredible legacy,” said Dave Kemmy, director of Athletics, Intramurals, and Recreation. “We are very grateful for his tireless dedication to Roger Williams University athletics.”

Cook started at Roger Williams University in 1990, leading the team to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship in his second year. Spanning four seasons, he coached the Hawks and compiled a record of 39-36-4.

After a brief stint at UMass-Dartmouth, Cook returned to RWU in 1996 as the director of Intramurals and Recreation. A year later, the University offered him the men’s soccer head coaching position again, where Cook guided the Hawks to the CCC Championship game in his second season back.

In the Name of Autism Awareness... On Your Mark, Get Set, Decorate!

March 27, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Get your aprons ready, folks! The 5th Annual Cake Off, hosted by the Roger Williams University Inter-Class Council, is only weeks away.

With sheet cakes, basic decorating supplies and 30 minutes on the clock, as many as 50 teams will compete on Saturday, April 11, in the annual cake sculpture competition. The event is part of a fundraising and awareness campaign in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month.

RWU students, faculty, staff and members of the local community are invited to participate in the competition, which allows teams of three to six members to compete head-to-head for a variety of awards, including “Most Spirited,” in which teams can to wear matching costumes, and “Best Theme Design,” in which teams are encouraged to create a cake that reflects the puzzle piece symbol often used to signify autism awareness. Teams will also have the opportunity to capture honors based on the creativity and design of their cakes.

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Film Screening: "The Raising of America"

RWU has the opportunity to screen an hour-long sneak peak of the California Newsreel documentary series, "The Raising of America," before the official debut of the five-part series later this year. RWU is hosting the pre-launch viewing to raise awareness about recent research on connections between early childhood experience and the long-term prospects for health, education, and economic success. How does America's policies and services for infants and young children measure up in comparison to other countries in the world?

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by RWU faculty and research staff. The discussion will include time for questions about and reaction to the film, as well as elicit suggestions about how local communities can join forces to increase support for the families and caregivers of young children in Rhode Island. For more information on the film,visit

Poetry Reading and Book Signing with Amish Trivedi

Amish Trivedi, an adjunct faculty member of writing studies at RWU, will read from his recently published book, "Sound/Chest." He will also be available for book signings! There will be a Q&A and book signing after the reading. Books will be for sale at the event in GHH G01.

Hawkward Takes the PPAC Stage on Saturday as 'Special Guest' Performers for Jay Leno

March 18, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – When Ali Isham ’13, Perry Cyr ’13 and Katie Marino ’13 formed the a cappella group Hawkward in 2010, the singers never imagined the group would perform for a crowd of 3,000 at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Yet this weekend -- on Saturday, March 21, at approximately 7:30 p.m. -- Hawkward, now 20 members strong, will perform front and center for some of Rhode Island’s biggest champions for the arts at PPAC’s Annual Gala fundraiser as the opening act for late-night television show host and stand-up comedian Jay Leno.

An avid fan of a cappella, Leno ultimately selected Hawkward as the “special guest” performers after conducting a search for a local group that began last fall. Five other collegiate, regional and semi-professional groups were considered for the opening role, but Hawkward emerged as the first choice early in the process.

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Film Screening: "Fed Up"

Join us for dinner and a screening of the documentary "Fed Up," an examination of America's obesity epidemic and the food industry's role in aggravating it.

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Guests will be able to bring dinner from the Upper Commons. Seating is limited to 25 guests, so make your RSVP soon.

Experience that Transforms: The Pedagogy and Practice of Community Engagement

The Community Engagement FLC, with support from the Davis Educational Foundation, is pleased to announce a campus-wide presentation on community engagement by Rick Battistoni, Providence College Professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service. A nationally known expert on civic and community engagement in higher education, Battistoni is also an award-winning faculty member, incorporating community components into each of his courses. 

Panel Discussion: Addressing Racism in America

This discussion will be about the topic of race and other factors that lead to our opinions on specific topics. This program will be a panel discussion that includes FCAS Dean Robert Eisinger, Professor of Psychology Charles Trimbach and Professor of Political Science June Speakman. The discussion will explore three recent controversial cases dealing with race: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner. We will be looking at the media coverage of these events and examine how our opinions are informed by one-sided coverage. What perceptions do we have about the police and the stereotypical criminal? Does the fact of not knowing all the facts impact our decisions? Do people choose sides automatically regardless of the facts? And what possible solutions can we implement to bring our community together as one community not just on this campus, but the bigger picture of our nation as a whole?

Radical, Trans-Inclusive Feminism Workshop with Staceyann Chin

Join Tony-nominated activist/author/spoken word poet, Staceyann Chin, for a discussion about feminism that examines how trans* identities, racial identities and varying levels of privilege can play a role in what we bring to/need from feminism.