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School of Architecture, Art, & Historic Preservation

Death, Memory and the Civil War

Associate Professor of Visual Arts Anne Tait will address the memorials that lead up to and became the standard of recognition of the dead in this growing country. As the Civil War closed, enduring memorials needed to be made for the estimated 620,000 who had died. It was General Ulysses Grant who determined that no foreign stone would lie on the graves of his soldiers. This decision ensured that memorials were made only from stone extracted from U.S. quarries, resulting in the growth of the American quarry industry. 

From Seaweed to Secret Passageways: Beyond the Pages of RWU Magazine Issue 10

June 24, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Wanted more between the pages of RWU Magazine's spring issue? Us, too! Whether you're enjoying your issue of RWU poolside, lakeside or surfside, here is some extra content to sink your teeth into -- from seaweed recipes to misunderstood zombies. 

And, while you revel in the relaxation of summer break, we'll be hard at work creating the next issue. As always, we want to hear from you, our readers. Let us know how you like the current magazine and send us your story ideas at Happy reading!

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Slideshow: Friends Reunite at Alumni Weekend

June 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Friends and families reunited at the 4th Annual Alumni Weekend over golfing, lobster and a glimpse of the work of faculty and students taking place around Roger Williams University.

Highlights of the weekend, held on campus from June 6 to June 8, included the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic, a casino night and lobster clambake, a Mount Hope Bay tour on the Rum Runner II, the SAAHP Women’s Leadership Network, and much more.

The annual Alumni Association awards ceremony honored the following distinguished alumni:

  • Contessa Brown ’06, ’13M, Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Ashley Gingerella O’Shea ’ 07, Alumni Service Award
  • Peter Kilmartin ’88, ’98L, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award


Slideshow: Future Architects Imagine Providence’s Invisible City

June 26, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Take a journey through the re-imagined places within Providence’s legendary East Side Tunnel that were created by future architects at Roger Williams University for a design studio last fall.

Make Peace, Find Love and Don’t Settle – With Words of Advice, the Class of 2014 Graduates

May 17, 2014

Bristol, R.I. – The weather may have started wet, but the sun broke through and Commencement celebrations among more than 6,000 graduates and guests were hardly dampened, as the 1,035 members of the Roger Williams University Class of 2014 culminated their college careers on Saturday at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates, RWU President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to two special guests: the Honorable Lincoln D. Chafee, the 74th governor of the State of Rhode Island; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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Commencement 2014: Full Coverage Available Here

May 17, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – In a time-honored tradition, students at Roger Williams University crossed the Commencement stage and officially became college graduates on Saturday, May 17. Joining the celebration were the 74th Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln D. Chafee, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who each received an honorary degree; Chafee delivered the keynote address. A day earlier, David A. Logan presided over his final Commencement at RWU Law before departing the deanship this summer to return to the faculty this fall. The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals (Ret.), served as keynote speaker.

In the days before and after Commencement, this page will be updated to direct PDQ@RWU readers to stories, slideshows and other coverage related to this year’s exercises. Check back regularly for information updates and new content.

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With an Assist from RWU, Tiverton to Launch Visioning Process at Stone Bridge

May 6, 2014

TIVERTON, R.I., May 6, 2014 – In a collaborative undertaking to launch this month, the Town of Tiverton will join forces with students and faculty from Roger Williams University to lead a community visioning and design process for the former gas station located in the historic Stone Bridge village.

A team of students taking part in a summer course titled Community Engaged Design will take on the project, which was identified through an application from the Town of Tiverton to the University’s Community Partnerships Center. With more than 100 projects in just three years since its launch, the CPC offers specialized expertise to assist nonprofits and municipalities in solving challenges, while allowing students to gain real-world experience.

The Town of Tiverton acquired the former gas station in February and asked the CPC to help create a community-wide discussion on the options for reusing the structure or demolishing it in order to replace with open space or other public facilities.

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RWU Commencement

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will address the Class of 2014 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin — writer of "The Bully Pulpit" and "Team of Rivals," among other bestsellers — will also be awarded an honorary degree. This event is not open to the public; tickets are required.

A Celebration of Student Projects for Local Communities

May 1, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – From creating a historic preservation-based rehabilitation plan for Portsmouth’s historic St. Mary’s Church parish house to law students’ collaboration with Bradley Hospital in assisting parents with guardianship decisions for their developmentally disabled children, students from across the academic disciplines showcased their efforts within local communities at yesterday’s Community Engagement Celebration.

A gala event held inside the Campus Recreation Center Fieldhouse demonstrated the collaborative projects executed by students and faculty with community partners from across Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts, as well as global service projects. Via student-led conversations and poster presentations, community partners and University leaders had the opportunity to discuss how students are applying their academic knowledge to address community needs.

View the slideshow below of the event:

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