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.
BRISTOL, R.I. – If you recently bought a Boston Celtics ticket on the secondary market there is a good chance that you purchased it via student entrepreneur Amanda Calderon. In less than a year the junior marketing major has built a profitable business in the booming secondary ticket industry with her site Courtside Broker.
One might think it beginner’s luck, but the native of Morris Plains, N.J., has been churning out her own small businesses from an early age, making enough bucks with the recent endeavor to forgo further work-study assistance (she worked the Annual Fund Phonathon one year) or the typical college-student job.
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.
BRISTOL, R.I. – In what has become an annual tradition to celebrate the professional and personal achievements of its alumni, Roger Williams University recognized three graduates whose contributions to society and the University community advance the common good and inspire others to address society’s challenges with insight and creativity.
BOSTON, M.A. – For a fourth time in recent years, Roger Williams University students continued to build on their success in a competitive student advertising competition with a third-place win this month.
This year, an interdisciplinary team of 22 students – comprised of majors in marketing, graphic design, web development and media communication – competed in the regional round of the 2016 National Student Advertising Competition, earning the top-three finish against nine other colleges and universities from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
In the annual competition, the National Student Advertising Campaign, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, enlists a corporate sponsor to provide a case study that identifies a real-world problem, as well as associated campaign objectives and a campaign budget. The challenge this year was to generate greater brand engagement for Snapple and appeal to consumers beyond the beverage company’s traditional stronghold in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.
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.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Rhode Island philanthropist Alan Shawn Feinstein is providing $500,000 to help fund scholarships for Feinstein Junior Scholars attending Roger Williams University.
While in elementary or middle school, Feinstein Junior Scholars pledge to do good deeds. And now, the Feinstein Foundation is providing $50,000 per year for 10 successive years to help send those students to RWU with Feinstein Leadership Scholarships once they graduate high school.
This latest gift builds on Feinstein’s substantial contributions to RWU, which is one of only two universities in Rhode Island with a college that bears his name (the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences). In 2006, he made a gift to the Feinstein Leadership Scholarship Fund, and that fund is now supporting 11 students during this 2016-2017 academic year.
Mark Your Calendars! Calling all Alumni! Will you be seeking interns or full-time hires in 2017? If so, mark your calendar for the Spring Career Fair. We're kicking off "Career Week" in March; 15+ career-related events leading up to the career fair. Register your company today at bit.ly/hawkshunt/.
BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 6, 2016 – Roger Williams University on Tuesday launched a First Amendment blog, providing a timely new venue for debating, discussing and defending the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.
The blog – http://rwu.edu/about/blogs/first-amendment-blog – draws its inspiration from Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, who advocated for separation of church and state – a concept that’s now a cornerstone of American democracy.
The blog will draw on the expertise of the faculty, staff and students at RWU, which contains the state’s only law school, a journalism program and experts on a range of First Amendment issues. It will draw on topics that are as old as the nation, and it will draw on events as current as today’s headlines, such as U.S. Supreme Court rulings on flag burning.
Join the Student Veterans Alliance, Military and Veteran’s Law Association, ROTC and President Donald Farish in honoring our veterans with a ceremony in front of the Administration Building. Please join us in honoring those within our community who have served. This year's keynote speaker is Anne Mitchell who served for 29 years on active duty in the US Navy Nurse Corps, recently retiring at the rank of captain. She is the Director of Health Services at RWU and a graduate of Northeastern University and the U.S. Naval War College.