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On the Rebound: Chris Herren Schools Freshmen on Substance Abuse

September 2, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Former NBA guard Chris Herren didn’t have to travel far to get to the Roger Williams University Recreation Center where he took the stage amid thunderous applause from more than 1,000 freshmen. But the Fall River, Mass., native and Portsmouth, R.I., resident’s journey was a much longer and far more tumultuous than the scenic drive over the Mount Hope Bridge.

As part of the Weeks of Welcome series that initiates new students into the RWU community, Herren came to the University by way of the Roger Williams HAWEs (Health and Wellness Educators) and The Herren Project – a nonprofit that educates about the dangers of substance abuse with a focus on treatment navigation, educational initiatives, mentoring and public awareness – to share what he calls, “my nightmare.”

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Working in Global Health

"Working in Global Health: Public Health and Global-Service Learning," a presentation and discussion by Meredith Mick, CEO of FIMRC (Foundation for the Medical Relief of Children).

The Roger Williams University community is invited to a talk about global health works and opportunities in global service-learning. The RWU chapter of FIMRC is an active club who organizes fundraisers in support of FIMRC projects, collects donations for FIMRC sites, explores questions around global service-learning, and strives to educate and participate in local public health volunteerism. Join in the discussion! This social justice talk is sponsored by the RWU chapter of FIMRC, which can be contacted at fimrc@g.rwu.edu.

Congress to Campus: Conversation Over Coffee

The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress created the Congress to Campus program in an effort to improve college students' understanding of Congress and American government, and to encourage them to consider careers in public service. The Student Senate is hosting former U.S. Congressmen Sam Coppersmith and Jim Kolbe (both of Arizona) on campus; both congressmen will be visiting and participating in various classes.

The Student Senate would like to invite any interested student to join the Congressmen for coffee to discuss any topics, including careers in politics or law, issues occurring in the country, or questions that you might have. As an introduction to the Congressmen, their bios will be provided in an all-student email.

Congress to Campus: Social Issues Discussion

The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress created the Congress to Campus Program in an effort to improve college students' understanding of Congress and American government, and to encourage them to consider careers in public service. The Student Senate is hosting former U.S. Congressmen Sam Coppersmith and Jim Kolbe (both of Arizona) on campus; both congressmen will be visiting and participating in various classes. On Monday, Sept. 22, the Congressmen will be featured in a discussion of social issues, moderated by Professor Autumn Quezada-Grant. All are welcome to attend, and students will receive a partial merit point.

Screening of "Lincoln"

In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience -- end slavery or end the war.

Director Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln" (2012) dramatizes President Abraham Lincoln’s attempt to gain congressional approval for the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States and its territories.

James Tackach, a professor in the Department of English & Creative Writing, will provide a brief introduction to the film.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Special Viewing of "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" with Re-Enactors

Special viewing of the "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" exhibition, featuring personalized tours and Civil War re-enactors who will bring the exhibition to life with their stories. 

This event is part of a series of Roger Williams University sponsored programs – from faculty lectures to performing arts productions to a student project showcase – held in conjunction with the traveling exhibition: “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on display in the University Library from September 23 to October 31. The exhibition is sponsored by the American Library Association in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities and based on the original exhibition developed by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Check PDQ calendar for a schedule of events. For more information, please visit http://library.rwu.edu/lib/events/lincoln-traveling-exhibit/.

Roger After Dark: Masking It

Roger After Dark Cosponsored with Intervarsity to bring you Masking It. There will be masquerade mask making with music provided by WQRI. Try to taste the difference between popular brand food and its store brand competitor, if you cant tell the difference just enjoy our nachos from a local business. Enjoy the night with friends and dance to the music with Intervarsity.

Unity Day

How will you make a difference in your community? What matters to you? Are you someone who believes in equality and social justice? Do you want to learn more about diversity on campus and get a chance to meet students who share the same passions, interests and values as you? Be part of our second annual RWU Leadership Unity Day!

At Leadership Unity Day, you will:

• Form lasting memories with your classmates over faculty workshops, meals, games, and other fun activities!

• Meet other students who want to engage in diversity and social justice issues and who want to become involved in social change at RWU.

• Be introduced to student leaders that are engaged in social justice already and get a chance to learn about involvement opportunities through Student Programs and Leadership and the Intercultural Center. 

Roger After Dark & Student Advocacy: Candy Land

Roger After Dark and the Student Advocacy Office will transform the GHH Atrium into a life-sized Candy Land. After competing against your friends, you can decorate your own cup cakes together. Relax and eat candy while you spend the rest of the night singing karaoke.

Live@RWU Presents the Johnny O'Neal Trio [Sold Out]

Ticketing Information

Due to high demand for the Live@RWU series and a limited seating capacity in Global Heritage Hall, tickets for the Johnny O’Neal concert are now sold out.

However – in the event that there are no-show ticket holders – we will do our best to accommodate guests if any seats are empty at the concert’s start time.

For those without tickets who are still interested in attending, please show up outside Global Heritage Hall no later than 7:15 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 17. We will accommodate as many additional guests as seating capacity allows.

About Johnny O'Neal

After an early career playing gospel piano in churches near his native Detroit, Johnny O’Neal began a lifelong exploration of jazz in 1976. In the early 1980s, he burst onto New York City’s jazz scene with such touch, unparalleled command of tunes and love of performing that he’s still the hottest ticket today.