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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.”

School of Law Honors 2016 Champions for Justice

February 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – RWU Law’s Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education honored on Friday two outstanding legal luminaries and a legal organization as Champions for Justice in recognition of their impact and accomplishments in supporting the school’s public interest programs.

The special awards dinner preceded the law school’s annual Public Interest Auction at the Omni Providence Hotel, with both events “shining a light on RWU Law students and alumni, and celebrating their dedication to serving low-income and disenfranchised communities in New England and around the country,” said the Feinstein Center’s executive director, Laurie Barron.

This year’s Champions for Justice honorees are:

2016 Champion for Justice: Judge Judith Colenback Savage

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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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Blood Drive and "Be the Marrow" Match Registration

Please join us for the first of this semester’s blood drives, featuring our annual marrow registration event. Registering for marrow donations is as easy as a cheek swab – and it can save a life. Walk-ins always welcome! Donors should bring a license or other ID.

Appointments available via www.ribc.org, sponsor code 0001. 

Marrow registration: Must be 18-44 years old and in good health.

Co-sponsored by the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, African Student Coalition, PreMed/PreVet Club, FIMRC, and the RI Blood Center. 

Questions? Contact the Feinstein Center at x3765 or service@rwu.edu.

Blood Drive and "Be the Marrow" Match Registration

Please join us for the first of this semester’s blood drives, featuring our annual marrow registration event. Registering for marrow donations is as easy as a cheek swab – and it can save a life. Walk-ins always welcome! Donors should bring a license or other ID.

Appointments available via www.ribc.org, sponsor code 0001. 

Marrow registration: Must be 18-44 years old and in good health.

Co-sponsored by the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, African Student Coalition, PreMed/PreVet Club, FIMRC, and the RI Blood Center. 

Questions? Contact the Feinstein Center at x3765 or service@rwu.edu.

University Awards $12K in Grants to Community Organizations in Bristol

November 9, 2015

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 $11,550 in grant funds to 10 local nonprofits and organizations.

The awards conclude the 14th 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 $194,451 to support nearly 130 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:

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2015 Turkey Basket Competition

Every year, this contest helps those less fortunate in our community by providing Bristol/Warren families with complete holiday meals. All baskets will be donated to the East Bay Food Pantry, which has over 2,000 clients and is constantly growing! 

All donations are welcome, if you want to skip the competition.

Guidelines: 1. Everything must fit in one container 2. Must be lifted by a maximum of 2 people 3. Provide a gift card to a supermarket to purchase a turkey 4. Non-perishables only 5. Non-traditional items welcome! Baby food, paper goods, etc.

Prizes will awarded based on: Quality, Quantity, & Creativity. All winners will receive a $75 restaurant gift card!

Baskets are due by 2:30 pm on November 16 at the GHH Atrium. Judging will begin promptly at 3 pm and festive snacks will be provided.

Please join us in continuing our fun campus tradition and spreading the holiday cheer! Sign up at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015rwuturkey/.

RWU Arboretum a Reality as Campus Earns Accreditation

October 13, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With a pledge to steward the significant collection of trees on campus and to contribute urban forestry expertise on planting efforts with community partners across Rhode Island, Roger Williams University has become an internationally accredited arboretum.

The University earned the arboretum credential from the Morton Arboretum’s ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program – which establishes standards and guidelines for arboreta around the world – in recognition of the collection of trees on the Bristol campus, which is home to more than 30 species of native and specimen trees.

The Roger Williams University Arboretum claims the distinction of being one of only two college campuses in RhodeIsland – and joining a select group of 14 other colleges and universities in New England – to earn ArbNet accreditation.

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Toward a Greater Good: In the Heart of Providence, Celebrating Community-Engaged Projects

October 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A month after the public launch of Roger’s Revolution – a bold new initiative to make a significant difference in Rhode Island’s economic future while equipping students with the experiences and skills that today’s employers demand – Roger Williams University gathered with community partners in the heart of the Capital City to celebrate the collaborative work of students and faculty in local communities.

Held at the Providence Public Library – the University’s soon-to-be neighbor, with its expanded campus at One Empire Plaza set for occupancy late next spring – the Community Engagement Celebration illustrated the myriad ways the University is fulfilling its innovative new core purpose – To Strengthen Society through Engaged Teachinand Learning – and singular goal – To Build the University the World Needs Now – to enhance the education of its students and make a meaningful impact in Rhode Island.

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