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Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

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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Roger Williams University Recognizes Alumni Achievements at Annual Awards Ceremony

June 15, 2016

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.

Students Capture Third Place in Student Advertising Competition

April 19, 2016

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.

RWU Business Students Find Value in Newly Renovated Trading Room

October 21, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – At 3 or 4 in the morning, you will find Roger Williams University students stepping into the newly renovated high-tech trading room/classroom at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business.

They will check the stock ticker running on a video screen. They will work at high resolution, curved 34-inch computer monitors that can be configured into dual or quadruple screens. And they will use real-time data from financial markets around the world to make predictions about domestic financial markets that will open when the sun rises. 

 “This has been huge,” senior business student Luke Nigro said outside the Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Financial Services Center, which was dedicated on Thursday. “We can see the difference between last semester and this year.”

“We try to mirror industry as much as we can,” said Carla Puchini, a fellow senior. “In real industry, the world never sleeps, so we can’t either.”

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Brett Bergman Award Ceremony

The Brett Bergman ’11 Memorial Senior Merit Scholarship Award was established in 2012 in memory of Brett by his parents, brother, extended family, classmates, and friends. Brett, who was an active member of campus life, suddenly passed away following his graduation. He was loved by many and is sadly missed. The award is given each year to a graduating senior from the Gabelli School of Business who has exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit through participation in course work, clinics, internships, and entrepreneurial ventures or other activities. This recipient will also be an active participant in University campus life. Dean McTiernan will make the award presentation at this special gathering attended by family, classmates, and friends to the 2016 recipient of this award.

"Outwork & Outlast: Setting the Foundation for a Successful Career"

In "Outwork & Outlast: Setting the Foundation for a Successful Career from the Minute the Interview Starts," Scott Gay ’06 will talk about his career in sales, working his way up the corporate ladder from demand generation appointment setting as a recent college graduate, to running an enterprise sales staff 10 years later. 

Gay received a bacehlor of science in Marketing Communications/Core Anthropology+Sociology from RWU, as well as an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is responsible for the entire sales pipeline at his current firm, as well as the growth, development, and recruitment of all new sales talent.

Co-sponsored by the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business and the Anthropology and Sociology Department.


Renowned Political Scientist Christopher Achen to Visit RWU on Oct. 26

October 11, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Voters are driven by partisan beliefs, they align with identity groups and they react to uncontrollable events such as drought or shark attacks. So their selection of leaders is much more nuanced than the ideal of citizens casting votes informed by an objective and thorough analysis of a politician’s positions on the issues. Christopher H. Achen, the renowned political scientist, will illuminate the realities of democratic politics and shatter the romantic notion of government by the will of the people during an appearance at Roger Williams University on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Political Scientist Christopher Achen

Christopher Achen illuminates the realities of democratic politics with evidence that shatters the “folk theory” of democracy – the myth of government by the will of the people. The Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences and professor of politics at Princeton University, Achen is the co-author of Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government (2016), as well as numerous groundbreaking scholarly articles. 

In his lecture — "Why Do Elections Produce Unresponsive Government?” — renowned political scientist Christopher Achen dispels the notion that elections are driven by ordinary citizens’ rational policy positions, and offers a provocative alternative view grounded in political parties and identity groups.

Book signing to immediately follow presentation.

Free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Call (401) 254-3166 with questions.

Note: Merit Lottery point event for RWU students.

Exploring the Quest for Refuge in America and Around the Globe

September 16, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – With staggering numbers of displaced people seeking refuge around the world today and the global public discourse trending toward issues of tolerance and identity, Roger Williams University will host events throughout the fall and spring semesters that examine the stories of refugees and the political and cultural impact of the refugee movement on society.

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Rhode Island Storytelling: Quests for Refuge Showcase

This event features a multimedia gallery opening of short works prepared by RWU students working with Rhode Island community members from diverse backgrounds and regions of the world, who have pursued the quest for refuge and come to call Rhode Island home. It will showcase and celebrate the outcomes of this project, and the diverse heritage mosaic that is Rhode Island.
This event is part of the "Quest for Refuge" series at RWU, a yearlong series of events that will examine the stories of refugees and reflect critically on the current state of refugees around the world.
This event is open to the campus community only.