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​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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Ready to Learn Providence Finds New Home at Roger Williams University

February 27, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. ­­– Ready to Learn Providence, a program that aims to close the achievement gap for low-income students by working with family members and early-childhood educators, has found a new home at Roger Williams University.

Ready to Learn Providence, which had been part of The Providence Plan, has trained more than 3,500 center- and home-based educators working in some of Providence’s most distressed neighborhoods, in addition to Pawtucket, Central Falls and other parts of the state. The goal is to improve the education and health of children ages 8 and younger by working with the adults who play crucial roles in their lives – family members, early childhood educators and medical practitioners. Professional development courses have included Mind in the Making, The Incredible Years and, most recently, Providence Talks.

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Delivering on His Promise, Alumnus Brings Disaster Supplies Directly to Haiti

January 18, 2017

BELLE ANSE, HAITI — Bernard Georges, a Roger Williams University graduate who founded New Bridges for Haitian Success, succeeded this month in delivering a large shipment of food, clothing and bottled water to people devastated by the Category 4 hurricane that slammed Haiti in October.

Georges, who immigrated to Rhode Island from Haiti and received a master’s degree in public administration from RWU in 2014, collected a full shipping container of supplies in Rhode Island and returned to Haiti to ensure that the aid was delivered to those who need it most.

He said he oversaw the distribution of 417 bags of supplies — each containing rice, beans, clothes, shoes, soap, hand sanitizer and bottles of water. He took part in a free clinic that provided basic medical supplies. And he distributed school supplies and toys to about 80 Haitian children as schools prepare to reopen in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Local Fifth Graders Go To College for the Day

May 3, 2016

More than 300 local students descended on the Roger Williams University campus today for the annual 5th Grade Day event.

Now in its ninth year, the program was created to provide elementary students with an opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers, set high academic goals, tour the campus and participate in team-building activities.

Superintendent Dr. Mario Andrade helped kick-off the day’s activities by offering welcoming remarks to the students and also presenting a plaque of appreciation to KC Ferrara, director of the University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

“I want to acknowledge Roger Williams University for their spirit and commitment to hosting the ninth annual 5th Grade Day and for inspiring our students to dream big,” says Andrade.

American Red Cross Partners with RWU Students for 100 Years of Service Campaign

April 22, 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI., — The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. As part of the celebration, the Red Cross has partnered with Roger Williams University to create the signature piece of the Centennial celebration.

Led by RWU Faculty Member John Farmer, graphic design students from the University created the “Century of Service” Traveling Exhibit as part of a Community Partnerships Center project. To build the exhibit – which includes 12 large poster panels – RWU students met with leaders from the American Red Cross Rhode Island chapter to research its history and identify historical objects, articles and photos that formed the exhibit’s historical timeline which depicts significant milestones and achievements of the organization over the last century. Some milestones featured include the USS Bennington disaster, the Hurricanes of 1938 and 1944 and the Red Cross Water Safety Program which started with native Rhode Islander Commodore W.E. Longfellow.

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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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RWU Athletics Honored as a Top D-III School for Community Service

February 2, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators honored the Roger Williams University Athletic Department in January by awarding the NADIIIAA/JOSTENS Community Service Award of Merit in the category titled An Array of Projects.

“This is a tremendous honor for our student-athletes and staff who have put so much time and effort into our community service efforts,” said Dave Kemmy, director of athletics, intramurals and recreation. “To be recognized on a national level is truly a reward that everyone can share. This just recognizes what we have known for a long time: we have dedicated and outstanding student-athletes and staff.”

So You Want to Start an Oyster Farm?

December 14, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., – The Roger Williams University Center for Economic and Environmental Development is now enrolling students for Applied Shellfish Farming, a non-credit course offered during the winter/spring semester that teaches both aspiring shellfish farmers and aquaculture professionals the ins and outs of growing oysters, quahogs and other shellfish species commercially.

The 14-week program, led by Dale Leavitt, aquaculture extension specialist and associate professor of biology at Roger Williams University, is designed to aid new and experienced shellfish farmers in growing shellfish farming enterprises in Rhode Island and Southeast New England.

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RWU Law Launches Legal Clinic for Disabled Veterans

November 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An important new clinical initiative at Roger Williams University School of Law offers renewed hope to military veterans whose applications for disability benefits have been denied and who can’t afford to appeal the decision.

In this unique collaboration, law students in the Veterans Disability Appeals Field Clinic will work in the offices of Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick, one of the nation’s leading veterans disability law firms, located in downtown Providence.

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​For Social Justice Work, Mary Dinnean ’18 Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

April 20, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. – For her academic and volunteer work to address social justice and public health issues, Mary Dinnean has been honored as a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, a prestigious award recognizing a select group of student leaders who create lasting change in communities throughout the country and around the globe.

Dinnean is one of 273 students across the nation to receive the honor from Campus Compact, a national coalition of college and university presidents who support and promote public service in higher education. She is the second student from Roger Williams University to be named a Newman Civic Fellow, joining Ashley Barton ’15 in earning the illustrious award.

A junior double-major in psychology and public health, Dinnean is being recognized for her social justice work via academic studies and leadership positions in student organizations.

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