BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year “memorandum of understanding” accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee has awarded $12,800 in grant funds to seven local nonprofits and organizations.
The awards conclude the 13th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $182,901 to support nearly 120 projects and initiatives.
Selections are made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, which comprises individuals from both the Town and the University. The complete list of awards for this grant cycle includes:
BRISTOL, R.I. -- When most folks think of a searchlight, those immense, unwieldy apparatus that project unmistakable beams of light, often dancing across the nighttime sky. Whether via a traditional carbon arc lamp or powerful Xenon bulbs, searchlights start with a high-intensity source of energy, collected in a parabola-shaped reflector and channeled into a common source -- that powerful beam of light. In many ways, our campus community is a reflective surface in its own right, collecting the energy and lumosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners, returning it to a common source -- Roger Williams University -- and projecting a powerful beam of knowledge, expertise and talent beyond our campus, called upon to solve problems and to serve society.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Imagine being a child torn from your family and forced into combat in Uganda’s civil war, where your victimizers may even compel you to harm your own family members or neighbors. If you were the lucky few to escape, how would you overcome the years of trauma inflicted by the experience?
Via University-sponsored service-learning programs in 2013 and 2014, Mikayla Diamond, a senior psychology major at Roger Williams University, has helped to heal the horrific effects that the conflict has stamped on the young women and children of the country. Inspired by the young women and teenaged girls of ChildVoice International’s Lukome Centre – a nonprofit organization that provides a therapeutic community to rehabilitate war orphans, former child soldiers and their families – Diamond recently organized “Art for Africa,” a silent auction held on the Roger Williams campus. With more than 80 pieces of donated art decorating Global Heritage Hall courtesy of organizers, students and local artists, Diamond raised $2,733 to subsidize the cost of a grain grinder for the Lukome Centre.
BRISTOL, R.I. – For the second time this school year, the mighty men of Roger Williams University’s Men’s Lacrosse team put down their sticks and sacrificed a valuable day of practice, opting instead to lay in bed – but just long enough for their blood to be drawn.
Head Coach Marty Kelly has been coaching at RWU for 14 seasons, and this is the fifth year he has organized an effort for the entire team to donate blood. It began as a simple way to give back to the community, but evolved into something even more meaningful.
“This was just something we came across that was an easy, one-day thing beneficial to those in need, but it was also kind of a team building exercise,” Kelly says. “Some of the guys were excited, but a lot were nervous and fearful, so [donating blood] was like a badge of courage.”
The Community Engagement FLC, with support from the Davis Educational Foundation, is pleased to announce a campus-wide presentation on community engagement by Rick Battistoni, Providence College Professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service. A nationally known expert on civic and community engagement in higher education, Battistoni is also an award-winning faculty member, incorporating community components into each of his courses.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Get your aprons ready, folks! The 5th Annual Cake Off, hosted by the Roger Williams University Inter-Class Council, is only weeks away.
With sheet cakes, basic decorating supplies and 30 minutes on the clock, as many as 50 teams will compete on Saturday, April 11, in the annual cake sculpture competition. The event is part of a fundraising and awareness campaign in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month.
RWU students, faculty, staff and members of the local community are invited to participate in the competition, which allows teams of three to six members to compete head-to-head for a variety of awards, including “Most Spirited,” in which teams can wear matching costumes, and “Best Theme Design,” in which teams are encouraged to create a cake that reflects the puzzle piece symbol often used to signify autism awareness. Teams will also have the opportunity to capture honors based on the creativity and design of their cakes.
BRISTOL, R.I. -- For many college students, a week off in March means sunny, sandy Spring Break getaways -- but for a group of dedicated RWU and RWU Law students that seems to grow each year, the break from classes and assignments is an opportunity to give back, dive into outside-the-classroom learning experiences and have a little fun along the way.
This week, more than 130 students, from undergraduate to graduate to law, are participating in Alternative Spring Break trips, where groups of students -- often led by faculty or staff advisors -- work in teams to lead volunteer projects aimed at improving communities or assisting nonprofit organizations.
This year, students will serve local cities including Providence and Boston, travel across the country to New York City, New Orleans and Tuba City, Arizona, and even head abroad to countries including Peru, among others. Habitat for Humanity, Project Homecoming and Rebuilding Together are among the many partner organizations for which the students will volunteer to help address critical community issues from affordable housing to public health awareness.
The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold a blood drive in the North Campus Residence Hall lobby, and a bone marrow registration in the Commons. With over 10,000 pints of blood donated, this year marks 35 years of Roger Williams University partnering with the RIBC. This drive is sponsored by the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the African Student Coalition, and RWU FIMRC chapter. Visit www.ribc.org to make an appointment, using sponsor code 0001.