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Student Engineers from RWU Capture Top Honors in FAA Competition

July 10, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – By developing practical, innovative airport technologies to address real-world challenges facing the aviation industry, two teams of engineering students from Roger Williams University earned top honors in this year’s Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored university design competition.

Four Class of 2015 graduates – Hy Dinh, Emily Field, Andrew Hannigan and Kristen Tetreault – captured first place in the airport environmental interactions category. And two fellow School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management students – Ryland Brickner-McDonald and Mohamad Ghulam – landed first place (tied with a team from Binghamton University) in the airport operations and maintenance category.

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Common Reading: "In the Shadow of the Banyan"

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 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.

Ratner – who was selected as a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award and 2013 Indies Choice Book of the Year for her critically acclaimed debut novel – will visit the University to share her story of enduring forced labor, starvation and near execution under the Khmer Rouge and discuss why she chose to write a fictionalized account of these events rather than a memoir. 

Branding a Jamaica Beyond Just Beaches

July 27, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica – When most folks think of Jamaica, they conjure images of all-inclusive waterfront resorts and palm trees. But with rich history and eclectic culture, how can the 521-year-old Caribbean island nation that gave us reggae and an unlikely Olympic bobsled team elevate its international reputation beyond that of just a tourist destination for white sandy beaches?

That question served as the focus of a conference sponsored by The Re-Imagine Jamaica Project, a nation brand think tank founded by Roger Williams University Assistant Professor of Public Relations Hume Johnson. At the Brand Jamaica Symposium held at the University of the West Indies in July, Jamaicans from across the business, political, media, creative and sports realms identified the most challenging issues shaping the country’s image and what steps must be taken to craft a new, more inclusive portrait of the nation.

President Farish Keynotes UBThrive, Inaugural University Business Conference

June 22, 2015

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.”

For Mixed-Status Latino Families, Family-Based Strengths Counter Major Challenges

June 22, 2015

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.

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Paying it Forward: Town of Bristol and CPC Leaders Offer Best Practices on Community Projects in College Towns

June 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a result of nearly a dozen joint community projects accomplished to date, leaders from the Town of Bristol, R.I., and the Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center joined forces in Washington on Monday, June 1, to share best practices on cooperative town/university projects with attendees at the International Town and Gown Association Annual Conference.

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.

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Common Reading 2015: The Khmer Rouge and Cambodia via ‘In the Shadow of the Banyan’

May 28, 2015

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.

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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.

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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