BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University celebrated its 12th Annual Turkey Basket Contest this week, a beloved campus tradition in which students, faculty and staff join together to craft complete turkey dinners in creative baskets to donate to families in the East Bay.
This year, more than 50 Thanksgiving dinners, including sides, desserts and gift cards to purchase turkeys were donated to the East Bay Food Pantry on Tues., Nov. 18. The baskets are judged on creativity, quality and quantity. This year’s contest winners were:
Quality: Division of Finance & Administration
Creativity: American Chemical Society
Quantity: Tutorial Support Services
View the slideshow below for a glimpse at this year’s Turkey Baskets:
Judging for the Feinstein Center's annual Turkey Basket competition begins promptly at 4 p.m. and snacks will be provided to spread the holiday spirit. The 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. Prizes will awarded to the baskets based on: Quality, Quantity, & Creativity. All winners will receive a $75 restaurant gift card.
BRISTOL, R.I. -- Community Connections may have celebrated a milestone this year, but so did 10-year partner Save The Bay. This year’s shoreline cleanup was the organization’s first as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup – the world’s largest volunteer effort for clean oceans and waterways. As part of the initiative, the trash collected along the Bristol Harbor shoreline on Community Connections day was counted and documented to be compared to other cities, regions, states and countries. Here’s a sampling of what the 41 freshmen students, four site leaders and three Save The Bay representatives collected in just two hours:
BRISTOL, R.I. – Representing the Ocean State in next year’s Miss USA pageant will be RWU’s own Anea Garcia, Miss Rhode Island USA 2015. Recognized for her poise and elegance with the Miss Rhode Island title, this champion for the disadvantaged isn’t afraid to get fierce when kicking it to poverty and inequality – or championing her cause on the beauty pageant stage.
Called to action by the plight of women and children living in poverty, Garcia volunteers at Providence’s McAuley House, where families and individuals are dished up hot meals and support services, and Crossroads Rhode Island, a Providence nonprofit that provides housing and employment assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals. She plans to expand her outreach to volunteer at local domestic abuse shelters.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Training a lens on the serious problems affecting society, Social Justice Week 2014 at Roger Williams University raises awareness of unfair conditions with the goal of inciting students to awaken the advocate within and create change.
Through civil discourse, diversity training, activist performances, and thought-provoking documentaries, Social Justice Week – from Tuesday, Oct. 14 to Wednesday, Oct. 22 – will explore the legacy of slavery and civil rights, and raise awareness of less-examined issues of elder justice and how diminished access to health care produces inequality.
Organized by Laura D’Amore and Autumn Quezada-Grant, professors of history and American studies, the annual series offers the chance to see how social justice issues touch everyone. Through interactive activities and accessing resources to become involved, they hope that all campus members – students, faculty and staff – recognize and do their part to make the world a better place.
BRISTOL, R.I. – To help prevent and decrease the number of domestic violence incidents – which in 2012 totaled approximately 810,790 cases and claimed the lives of nearly 1,300 men and women in the U.S. – leaders from the Silent Witness Initiative have collaborated with Roger Williams University to launch a comprehensive online database that makes domestic violence case data more easily accessible, intelligible and organized. The new tool will be formally unveiled on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at a candlelight vigil and march on the Roger Williams campus, featuring RWU students, faculty and staff, other Silent Witness college chapters, as well as friends and family members of domestic violence victims.
BRISTOL, R.I. – From gaining advice on how to break into politics to discussing social issues and even a shared love of Star Trek, many students capitalized on the chance to have informal chats with two former members of Congress visiting campus this week.
Former Arizona congressmen Sam Coppersmith and James Kolbe made a stop at Roger Williams from Sept. 21 to 23 via Congress to Campus, an initiative of the nonpartisan U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) that sends a bipartisan pair of former federal legislators to universities across the country with the goals of enhancing an understanding of how Congress works and encouraging young adults to become more actively engaged in civic duties. During their visit, the former members participated in classes, held a moderated discussion on social issues and informal conversations with students from across the academic disciplines.
RWU hosted the very first blood drive by the R.I. Blood Center in 1979. Since then, RWU community members have donated over 10,000 pints of blood, ultimately saving over 30,000 lives. Celebrate 35 years of partnership between RWU and the R.I. Blood Center by joining a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the North Residence Hall First Floor Lounge. Refreshments will be served.
Then help continue RWU's tradition of service for another 35 years by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year! The blood drive will take place Monday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the North Residence Hall First Floor Lounge. Appointments can be made at https://www.ribcdonor.org/. Walk-ins are welcome.
Look for more special anniversary events through April 2015.