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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.

RWU to Lead Effort to Create Environmental Impact Against Climate Change

March 21, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Building on sustained efforts to combat human-induced climate change and create measurable environmental impact via reforestation projects across Rhode Island, Roger Williams University today announced a multi-year initiative to launch a student-led Conservation Corps that would initially serve Rhode Island and the region. The new initiative will unite leaders from federal, state, municipal and academic sectors to develop and implement forestry-related programs that, over time, will measurably improve the local environment and ultimately drive climate change policy and legislative action.

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Fun, Functional Fabric: SAAHP Students Sweep Competition in Fabric Structures Challenge

October 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – From a marine-inspired performing arts stage at Fort Adams in Newport to an urban tree canopy garden on the Charles River in Boston to large, whimsical tents for outdoor events on the Roger Williams University quad, a trio of unique fabric-based structures designed by graduate architecture students propelled them to a sweep of the top three spots in an international student design challenge.

When the Industrial Fabrics Association International announced the winners of its 2015 Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge last week at the IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., RWU’s Nicholas Musilli landed first place for his individual entry, “Sail Stage,” Kyle Baron and Catherine Smeykal took second place for “Urban Canopy Garden,” and Dominic Skrajewski and Leslie Hulbert earned third place for “(Con) Temporary.”

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What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?: Graphic Novelist Art Spiegelman to Visit RWU on Sept. 7

August 24, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – From creating controversial New Yorker covers to launching the graphic novel into contention as serious literature, Art Spiegelman does not shy away from drawing attention to society’s most pressing problems through his works. A pioneer in the underground “comix” scene since the 1960s, Spiegelman creates haunting works of graphic art that have brought readers inside the death camps of the Holocaust, to the phantom space where the Twin Towers once stood, and most recently, throughout the abandoned immigration checkpoint at Ellis Island, where etched upon the walls were ghostly reminders of the millions who had passed through to start a new life in America.

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President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Graphic Novelist Art Spiegelman

Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative Maus, which portrayed Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. Maus II continued the remarkable story of his parents’ survival of the Nazi regime and their lives later in America. His comics are best known for their shifting graphic styles, their formal complexity, and controversial content. 

In his lecture — "What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?" — Spiegelman takes his audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics, while examining the value of the medium and why it should be celebrated, not ignored.

The event is free and open to the public.

10th Annual Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic

One of the most beloved traditions of Alumni Weekend, the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic brings alumni together from across the country. The event includes a round of golf at Montaup Country Club, boxed lunch and a steak and lobster dinner.

Register here for the event: http://alumni.rwu.edu/alumni/events/alumni-weekend/annual-ray-cordeiro-alumni-golf-classic/.

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Passion, Potential and the Power of 'Yes' – The Class of 2016 Graduates

May 14, 2016

Bristol, R.I. – Under sunny skies and the anticipation of new beginnings, 837 undergraduates in the Class of 2016 joined more than 200 adult learners on Saturday, May 14 to culminate their college careers at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates in front of a crowd of some 7,000 graduates and attendees, University President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to three innovators and local icons whose work over the past three decades has proved critical to the revitalization of Providence from a tired mill town to a vibrant city: WaterFire Providence creator Barnaby Evans; AS220 Artistic Director Umberto ‘Bert’ Crenca; and architect and planner William Warner (awarded posthumously to his wife, Margaret).

They were selected, Farish said, to commemorate the University’s increased footprint in the capital city and impending move to the One Empire Plaza campus, which will extend the reach of a Roger Williams education to a whole new generation of students (many of them working adults).

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