BRISTOL, R.I. – For more than two months, they campaigned for students’ votes and held competitive fundraisers to raise money for pediatric healthcare research, all while gearing up for the contest finale – a Miss America-style pageant in which male students compete to be crowned Mr. RWU.
One of Roger Williams University’s signature annual events, the Mr. RWU pageant held on November 23 raised $16,821 to support pediatric care, research and education at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. Since 2008, the pageant has raised more than $60,000 for the hospital.
“This fundraiser has become a University tradition,” said event founder Carol Sacchetti, director of Student Programs and Leadership at RWU. “When new students come to Orientation, they learn about this awesome opportunity to support the state’s only children’s hospital, which is practically on their doorstep. The response has been phenomenal from our students, faculty and staff.”
BRISTOL, R.I. – Imagine facing this choice: abandon your family and flee for your life into the New England winter wilderness with nothing more than a compass and a bit of corn paste, or surrender to captors who will bore a hole through your tongue, cut off your ears and starve you to death in a medieval jail cell. Twice in his lifetime, Roger Williams evaded oppressors bent on silencing his outspoken advocacy for religious toleration and individual freedoms.
In 1635, his native England hunted him down for contradicting the Crown, but Roger escaped with his family across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. However, the deeply religious minister found no shelter among the Massachusetts Puritans who prohibited Roger from expressing his belief that government has no right to compel a person to worship in any manner – that the individual must choose whether (and how) to worship at all.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Amidst the crunch of end-of-semester projects and preparing for finals, students, faculty and staff took a moment Wednesday evening to celebrate the holiday season with music and a light show.
White lights draped the trees and old-fashioned lamps on D’Angelo Common to greet the RWU community for the 11th annual Winter Illumination. A festive array of treats was on offer – a gingerbread cookie decorating station, hot cider and cocoa, as well as fresh-popped kettle corn – as friends gathered on the common to enjoy holiday music performed by student a capella groups Hawkward and Drastic Measures.
True to tradition, the spirit of the giving season was honored as Student Senate representatives Caitlin Averill and Max Bedrosian presented a check for $315 to the Women’s Resource Center of Bristol & Newport Counties. Criminal justice major Susan Alexander, who also serves as the Center’s court and shelter advocate, was on hand to accept the check on the organization’s behalf.
This fall, alumnus, parent and trustee Tim Baxter ’83 – president of Samsung Electronics America – launched a partnership and case study that allowed RWU to roll out a cloud computing platform using state-of-the-art Samsung displays. Among other benefits, the solution saves money for students, frees classrooms and creates an even more collaborative academic environment. Baxter shares thoughts with Don Farish.
Tim, let me start by thanking you a great deal for the wonderful consequences of this partnership between Roger Williams and Samsung. I talked with Steve White – dean of our architecture school – the other day, and he is just rhapsodic because he is seeing his expectations exceeded. Not only is the cloud computing approach working well in terms of hardware and software, but they are now calculating how much money this will save for the average student. This feeds right into our Affordable Excellence initiative, and it turns us into a leading-edge campus on this technology. We couldn’t ask much for much more!
Award-winning photographer Denny Moers, a longtime adjunct in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, shoots with black and white film and prints on black and white paper, no color added. So how does he create results like Prairie Dwelling VIII, a 1996 monoprint photographed in the Great Plains?
“With light and with chemicals,” he says. “The ‘color’ is all inherent in the black and white photo paper.” Moers’s subjects vary, but rambling road trips are a go-to for inspiration. “Abandoned buildings and empty, forlorn structures keep showing up in my work. They have a great presence when I’m out there – a world that isn’t there anymore.”
This 20-image slideshow, spanning 1994 to 2013, offers a glimpse of Moers’s world. You’ll also find his work in nearly 30 museums across the country and gracing the cover of a number of books. Lots more at www.dennymoers.com.
The Roger Williams University Student Senate & Office of the President present the 11th Annual Winter Illumination on the D’Angelo Common (by the statue of Roger). Come enjoy free cocoa, hot cider and kettle corn and the gingerbread man/woman decorating station beginning at 4:30 PM. The ceremony will commence at 4:50 PM and will include a few words from President Farish. Funds raised by the Student Senate are being donated to the Women's Resource Center of Bristol & Newport Counties. We will present them a check at this time. President Farish will lead the countdown for the Illumination promptly at 5 PM. Music provided by Drastic Measures, Hawkward and the RWU Student Chorus. Please join us!
Tamalia Alisjahbana, an expert on the tangible and intangible heritage of Indonesia, will deliver a special guest lecture on "Heritage Conservation in Indonesia." The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem invited Ms. Alisjahbana from Jakarta to help plan a cooperative exhibition with the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam) on the history of Dutch influence in Indonesia. She will also take some time out of her busy schedule for a brief visit to RWU for this unique and special talk. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet Ms. Alisjahbana and learn about the "Emerald of the Equator" and how Indonesia is defined by its incredible cultural diversity and heritage, with some 700 languages spoken, representing traditions going back thousands of years. In addition to her work on World Heritage in the Banda Islands and running the National Archives Building in Jakarta, Ms. Alisjahbana will also talk about her father, Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana, and his contribution to Indonesia's literary heritage, which includes creating the modern language of Indonesia. This special event is sponsored by the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation. We hope to see you there!
BRISTOL, R.I. – In what has become a beloved campus tradition, the annual Turkey Basket Contest combines the best of the RWU community – camaraderie, generous spirit and fun, all for a wonderful cause!
BRISTOL, R.I. -- From exploding stars to floating gelatinous orbs to rediscovering history, the latest issue of RWU Magazine is bursting with stories that bring readers to the heart of the action at Roger Williams University -- all from the comfort of your own home. Careful readers may notice some changes to our pages (as well as a handful of additional pages we snuck in).
As we approach our 10th issue of RWU, we invite you to share your story ideas and reactions to what you read and see in the current issue. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think!
Of course, for those who just can't get enough, we're happy to provide some additional reading to tide you over while our spring issue is in the works:
Editor's note: This story is part of the10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When the 10 students in ARCH 416.02, an architecture design studio that Visiting Assistant Professor Jonathan Bell titled Invisible City, began exploring the reactivation of the abandoned rail tunnel that runs under Providence’s East Side, little did they know their ideas might capture the interest of anyone beyond the RWU campus.
But on a Thursday afternoon in September – after Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee donned a hard hat, toured the 5,080 feet of the tunnel and noted that “with a little imagination and can-do attitude, I’m sure [the tunnel] could be serviceable again” – the Invisible City classroom assignment suddenly had a very real-world audience.