BRISTOL, R.I. -- On Saturday, May 18, another class of Roger Williams University students will cross the Commencement stage to receive their hard-earned degrees and officially become college graduates. Joining them will be honorary degree recipient and keynote speaker, John M. Barry, an historian and author whose recent book details the work of university namesake Roger Williams. A day earlier, preeminent civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Morris Dees will address the RWU Law graduating class in a separate ceremony on the Bristol campus.
This year, both Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed on the web for those unable to join us on campus. The ceremonies will only be streamed in real time, and an archived version of the events will be made available via YouTube at a later date. Click here to watch Commencement 2013.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Did you know that Roger Williams became impoverished from his tireless quest to secure Rhode Island’s original charter, which confirms the state’s sovereignty and guarantees its citizens much more freedom than elsewhere in the original colonies and across the ocean in Europe? Rhode Island’s founding father – and this University’s namesake – believed so strongly in protecting basic civil liberties that he was chased out of England and banished from Massachusetts for his opinions, only to forge ahead despite great financial costs and risks to his own freedom to lead the charge of obtaining the most rights guaranteed a citizenry at the time.
BRISTOL, R.I. – It could be argued that every day at a university is a celebration of academic ardor. With that guiding sentiment, Roger Williams University is set to kick off a weeklong salute to students and their scholastic successes with first annual Student Academic Showcase and Honors (SASH) program.
“SASH is about celebrating student achievement and having their voices heard,” said Dean Peter Deekle, who serves as advisor to the Honors Program at RWU in addition to his duties as head of the University Library.
John M. Barry, prize-winning author and biographer of Roger Williams, will address the Class of 2013 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises. Larry Rachleff, acclaimed conductor and music director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, will also receive an honorary degree. This event is not open to the public; tickets are required.
Dr. Charles Anderton is a Professor of Economics at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. His Ph.D. dissertation in Economics (Cornell University, 1986), titled “Arms Race Modeling: Systematic Analysis and Synthesis,” was supervised by the noted peace scholar Professor Walter Isard. Professor Anderton is a teacher and scholar in the area of conflict resolution, and a leading contributor to the economic literature on genocide and civil war, among others. He is the former editor of the journal “Defense and Peace Economics” and has contributed to the “Handbook of Defense Economics” (in the classic “Handbooks of Economics” series). He has also co-authored the primary undergraduate textbook on conflict economics (“Principles of Conflict Economics: A Primer for Social Scientists”). He has numerous publications in journals like the “Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization,” “Journal of Conflict Resolution,” “Conflict Management & Peace Science” and the “Journal of Economic Education.” Dr. Anderton has worked as an economist at the U.S.
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BRISTOL, R.I. -- From seniors anticipating life after graduation to those students looking for a lead on summer internships, Roger Williams University will offer multiple opportunities in the coming weeks to join students, alumni, employers and graduate school representatives for networking, career and post-graduate planning.
“The Roger Williams University Career Fair is one of the largest career fairs among any of the area colleges, at least in Rhode Island,” says Director of the Career Center Robbin Beauchamp. “It’s a plethora of organizations offering internships, part time jobs, summer jobs, full time jobs, graduate school and service opportunities. Every student should attend, regardless of their class year.”
Building upon a string of successes in recent years, the Roger Williams University Mock Trial team will make another run at the national title at the American Mock Trial Association's national opening round championships on March 23 and 24.
After a strong showing at the association's Regional Qualifying Tournament – the team placed sixth, besting teams from schools including Princeton and The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, among others – RWU will join teams from Brown, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, St. John’s University and King’s College to compete against the best in the U.S. at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Visiting boaters sail into picturesque Bristol Harbor ready to see the sights, visit museums and shop around town – but without a place to welcome them and guide them to these local gems, many visitors end up wandering aimlessly about the port. When the Town of Bristol asked for help, Roger Williams University stepped in to lend a hand.
Brought together through the RWU Community Partnerships Center, students from the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business teamed up with architecture and construction management students to study the feasibility of transforming a historic Naval Armory on the Bristol waterfront into a maritime center that would serve as a welcoming hub and visitor’s center for out-of-town boaters.