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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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Earth Fest Promises Environmentally Friendly Fun on Campus

April 18, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of Roger Williams University announcing the launch of a student-led Conservation Corps to address climate change through reforestation, the University will continue building on sustained efforts with a day full of environmental-education activities at the annual Earth Fest on Wednesday and then join Rhode Island leaders a week later for a tree planting ceremony to celebrate 25 years of the Rhode Island Tree Council.

The University celebrates Earth Day each year as Earth Fest, which will be held on Wednesday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the D'Angelo Common. Get your hands dirty at a tree planting demonstration by Zip Car and Bon Appétit, shop eco-friendly jewelry and canned goods made by students and staff, and sample the oyster bar, local honey and other goodies while listening to tunes from the RWU Musicians Guild or checking out the Engineering Club Student Art Dancers.

Blood Drive

Walk-in donors are welcome. Donors preferring to schedule an appointment should visit www.ribc.org and use sponsor code 0001. Through the generosity of donors like YOU, the RI Blood Center can reach its daily goal of over 200 units of blood and blood products that must be collected to meet the needs of patients and hospitals RIBS serves in Rhode Island and throughout New England. 

Questions? Contact the RI Blood Center online or at 800-283-8385, or call the Feinstein Center at 401-254-3787.

This blood drive is sponsored by the African Student Coalition, FIMRC, Pre-Med/Pre-Vet Club, and the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Blood Drive

Walk-in donors are welcome. Donors preferring to schedule an appointment should visit www.ribc.org and use sponsor code 0001. Through the generosity of donors like YOU, the RI Blood Center can reach its daily goal of over 200 units of blood and blood products that must be collected to meet the needs of patients and hospitals RIBS serves in Rhode Island and throughout New England. 

Questions? Contact the RI Blood Center online or at 800-283-8385, or call the Feinstein Center at 401-254-3787.

This blood drive is sponsored by the African Student Coalition, FIMRC, Pre-Med/Pre-Vet Club, and the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Students Embark on Stay Break to Help Address Food Needs in RI Communities

March 7, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – This week, more than 130 Roger Williams University students, from undergraduate to graduate to law, are participating in Alternative Spring Break trips, where groups of students – often led by faculty and staff advisors – work in teams to lead volunteer projects aimed at improving communities or assisting nonprofit organizations.

One group of students will embark on the University’s first Stay Break – a new program that mirrors the immersive, week-long service learning experience of alternative spring break trips abroad but allows students to stay on campus and serve nonprofits in nearby communities. The group, which includes 17 students, will lead volunteer projects focused on meeting food needs in Rhode Island communities by partnering with the Rhode Island Food Bank, East Bay Community Action Program, Sharing the Harvest Community Farm and Mathewson Street Church.

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