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American Red Cross Partners with RWU Students for 100 Years of Service Campaign

April 22, 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI., — The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. As part of the celebration, the Red Cross has partnered with Roger Williams University to create the signature piece of the Centennial celebration.

Led by RWU Faculty Member John Farmer, graphic design students from the University created the “Century of Service” Traveling Exhibit as part of a Community Partnerships Center project. To build the exhibit – which includes 12 large poster panels – RWU students met with leaders from the American Red Cross Rhode Island chapter to research its history and identify historical objects, articles and photos that formed the exhibit’s historical timeline which depicts significant milestones and achievements of the organization over the last century. Some milestones featured include the USS Bennington disaster, the Hurricanes of 1938 and 1944 and the Red Cross Water Safety Program which started with native Rhode Islander Commodore W.E. Longfellow.

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RWU’s Writing Program Earns National Award for Excellence

April 7, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition has earned the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program Certificate of Excellence Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.

One of only two universities in the nation to capture this year’s award, RWU’s writing studies program received this national distinction for programming that imaginatively addresses the needs and opportunities of students and instructors, and offers exemplary ongoing professional development for faculty members. The other recipient is Oakland University’s major in writing and rhetoric program.

Marine Biology Faculty Member Contributes Veterinary Expertise

April 1, 2016

Bristol, R.I. -- If there is an EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) research project in Rhode Island investigating the health or disease of marine animals, there is a good chance Roxanna Smolowitz is involved.

With deep expertise in aquatic veterinary science, Smolowitz regularly teams up with her colleagues at EPSCoR partner institutions, from developing tools to combat aquaculture disease to seeking answers to a mysterious and prolonged sea star die off.

In her first RI Science and Technolocy Council (STAC) grant, in 2012, Smolowitz collaborated with URI professors David Rowley, David Nelson, and Marta Gomez-Chiarri on using marine bacteria as a protective agent against disease.

“The idea was, are there different kinds of bacteria we could add to larval cultures of bivalves specific to oysters to increase healthiness and get more animals through the metamorphosis stage,” explains Smolowitz, noting that one Vibrio bacterial disease, in particular, is responsible for high rates of larval death.

So You Want to Start an Oyster Farm?

December 14, 2015

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 growing oysters, quahogs and other shellfish species commercially.

The 14-week program, led by Dale Leavitt, aquaculture extension specialist and associate professor of biology at Roger Williams University, is designed to aid new and experienced shellfish farmers in growing shellfish farming enterprises in Rhode Island and Southeast New England.

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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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10th Annual Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic

One of the most beloved traditions of Alumni Weekend, the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic brings alumni together from across the country. The event includes a round of golf at Montaup Country Club, boxed lunch and a steak and lobster dinner.

Register here for the event: http://alumni.rwu.edu/alumni/events/alumni-weekend/annual-ray-cordeiro-alumni-golf-classic/.

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Passion, Potential and the Power of 'Yes' – The Class of 2016 Graduates

May 14, 2016

Bristol, R.I. – Under sunny skies and the anticipation of new beginnings, 837 undergraduates in the Class of 2016 joined more than 200 adult learners on Saturday, May 14 to culminate their college careers at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates in front of a crowd of some 7,000 graduates and attendees, University President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to three innovators and local icons whose work over the past three decades has proved critical to the revitalization of Providence from a tired mill town to a vibrant city: WaterFire Providence creator Barnaby Evans; AS220 Artistic Director Umberto ‘Bert’ Crenca; and architect and planner William Warner (awarded posthumously to his wife, Margaret).

They were selected, Farish said, to commemorate the University’s increased footprint in the capital city and impending move to the One Empire Plaza campus, which will extend the reach of a Roger Williams education to a whole new generation of students (many of them working adults).

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