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​First Hassenfeld Fellows Are Making a Difference in Local Communities

April 24, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. – Each semester, RWU faculty and students go beyond the classroom to work within the community and help provide solutions to local and global issues. These collaborations fulfill the needs of community partners while also building the practical skills and leadership experiences graduates will require to be successful in the workforce.

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​For Social Justice Work, Mary Dinnean ’18 Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

April 20, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. – For her academic and volunteer work to address social justice and public health issues, Mary Dinnean has been honored as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, a prestigious award recognizing a select group of student leaders who create lasting change in communities throughout the country and around the globe.

Dinnean is one of 273 students across the nation to receive the honor from Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university presidents who support and promote public service in higher education. She is the second student from Roger Williams University to be named a Newman Civic Fellow, joining Ashley Barton ’15 in earning the illustrious award.

A junior double-major in psychology and public health, Dinnean is being recognized for her social justice work via academic studies and leadership positions in student organizations.

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RWU Announces Spring Semester Events in Year-Long "Quest for Refuge" Series

January 23, 2017

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.”

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Amid Election Season Clashes, RWU Students Chose Civil Discourse

January 13, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. – As fiercely emotional political showdowns took place on campuses across the nation this past election cycle, a group of conservative and liberal Roger Williams University students showed how it’s possible to engage in civil discourse despite sharp political differences.

The Emmy Award-winning MTV documentary series “True Life” captured the conflict and the reconciliation as students had frank discussions about campus tensions and then joined in organizing a student forum that produced a wide-ranging political discussion.

MTV plans to broadcast the RWU segment as part of an episode about conflict stemming from the Nov. 8 presidential election. The “True Life” episode is expected to air prior to Inauguration Day on Friday, Jan. 20.

Following the election, students raised concerns about the policy consequences and about the need for justice in the classroom. So on Nov. 30, RWU President Donald J. Farish hosted a “fireside chat” on campus, saying his immediate concern was for members of the LGBTQ community, international students, Muslims and students of color generally.

Roger Williams University Course Will Equip Shellfish Farmers

January 3, 2017

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.

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Year in Review: The Top Stories at Roger Williams University in 2016

December 27, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – There’s no doubt that 2016 was a very big year for Roger Williams University, with the opening of a new campus in the heart of downtown Providence at the same time the University welcomed its largest class ever with the Class of 2020. From sending off more than 1,000 graduates into the world with Commencement 2016 to the launching of a student-led Conservation Corps, the construction management program earning a top-five national ranking, the creation of a real-time financial trading room, students landing prestigious honors and faculty experts making a difference with their work, celebrate RWU’s many successes with a look back at the most read stories on PDQ@RWU.

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RWU Announces $500,000 Gift to Establish Hassenfeld Projects

September 6, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has received a $500,000 gift from Hassenfeld Family Initiatives LLC to establish the Hassenfeld Projects -- an intensive, three-year initiative to expand and enhance its innovative work in experiential education.

The grant builds on RWU’s growing cadre of experiential programs that prepare students to meet the demands of today’s employers while building skill sets in areas such as economic development, sustainability and social justice.  

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Coral Reef Scientists Hope Local Coral Holds Key to Tropical Reef Conservation Strategies

August 12, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – With Roger Williams University’s marine scientist Koty Sharp at the helm, 20 leading coral reef scientists from around the United States met at RWU last week to explore ways research on non-tropical corals in New England waters can lead to solutions for tropical coral reef health across the globe.

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RWU Marine Scientists to Work Toward Reef Conservation at International Coral Reef Symposium

June 24, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Two marine science experts from Roger Williams University joined 2,500 scientists, policy makers and environmental managers from 70 nations this week to share the latest research and devise strategies for conserving and protecting coral reefs around the world at the 13th Annual International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu.

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Alexander Castro ’14 Captures 2016 Rhode Island Press Association Award

June 20, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Less than two years after RWU graduated its first crop of journalists in 2014, one of them has already made his mark in Rhode Island’s journalism field. Alexander Castro ’14 recently captured first place in arts criticism at the Rhode Island Press Association’s annual awards for print media, from newspapers to magazines, around the state.

With a piece titled, “Documentation with dignity” – which appeared in the Oct. 13, 2015 edition of Newport Mercury – Castro examined Virginia-based photographer Susan Mullally’s portrait series of low-income and homeless individuals holding their most meaningful possessions.

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