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School of Architecture, Art, & Historic Preservation

​RWU Architecture Community Claims Nearly Half of New England Design Awards

May 1, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. – From concept to design, the Roger Williams University architecture community created a colossal impression upon the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Design Awards Program in Portland, Maine. In the most recent professional competition, 18 of the 41 award-winning projects were influenced by RWU. They were either designed by RWU faculty, alumni or a partner that has instructed undergraduate or graduate architecture students via the Teaching Firms in Residence program in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.

The annual awards program recognizes design excellence in projects in New England or by New England architects. The competition considered 237 projects for contention in the region’s most-sought industry awards, which were reviewed by a New York-based jury of professional architects.

​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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RWU, RWU Law to Offer Scholarships to Displaced Students from Syria

January 25, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. ­­– Roger Williams University will offer four scholarships to students from Syria, joining a global network of more than 60 colleges, universities and organizations that’s helping displaced students resume their studies in safety.

As a member of the Institute for International Education’s Syria Consortium, RWU will provide two full-tuition scholarships to qualified graduate students in the architecture school and two full scholarships to students in the law school. The scholarships will allow the students to complete their degree programs in order to enter the workforce and to ultimately rebuild and restore stability in their home country.

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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State Council on the Arts Awards $50,000 to Help Turn Vacant Bristol School into Arts and Culture Center

January 20, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. ­­– The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is awarding a $50,000 grant to Arts in Common, a new nonprofit that plans to renovate the long-vacant Walley School into an arts and cultural hub on the historic Town Common.

Roger Williams University is a partner in the project and plans to be the anchor tenant in the renovated building, which will provide public gallery space, shared office space for local cultural groups and a home for Arts in Common. RWU plans to use one floor for academic programming and community engagement activities.

The goal is to revive a historic, 19th-century school building located on the Town Common, demonstrating to Bristol residents the power of the arts to revitalize the social and civic life of the town common.

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.

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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Architecture Student Collaborates on Wave Energy Project Competing for $1.5 Million

October 5, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – When the inventors of a cutting-edge wave energy technology needed help to take their concept to beta-testing for a chance at $1.5 million in funding, they turned to the experts at RWU’s School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.

Master of Architecture student, Andy Cole, worked with the Sea Potential team via Tinker Bristol to design a scale model of the DUO Wave Energy Converter, which was recently named a finalist competing for a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) prize in alternative energy sourcing.

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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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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.