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Reflections from the Other Side of the World

April 7, 2014

KOCHI, JAPAN – I had never really been to another country before. I technically went to Canada once—to see Niagara Falls—but I’m not totally convinced that counts. This was all before about two months ago when I was offered the opportunity to travel to Japan during the final week of March with Robert Eisinger, dean of Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Kochi University – in the southern city of Kochi, Japan – was running a pilot study abroad program and was looking for students and faculty from several universities to become involved. I was psyched because, as an East Asian studies minor, I had studied and read a lot about the country, but I still had never actually been there. Fourteen hours, two flights and several cups of airplane coffee later that changed and, for the first time, I was on the other side of the world.

Tuesday // March 25, 2014

Our Lively Experiment

February 5, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Well into the second year of Affordable Excellence, what began as an engaging dialog about the issues of cost, debt and jobs in higher education has taken root at Roger Williams. Ideas have been put into action via Community Partnerships Center projects, University-wide efforts to best prepare students for careers and competitive job markets and strategic initiatives to both freeze and guarantee tuition for as long as fiscally possible.

“Our Lively Experiment” – the Roger Williams University 2012-13 President’s Report – details some of the initial outcomes of the Affordable Excellence Initiative as well as the road ahead at RWU. 

Business Innovation Guru Explains How Not to Get ‘Netflixed’

November 19, 2013

Editor's note: This story is part of the 10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.

BRISTOL, R.I. – At its core, the meaning of “innovation” isn’t particularly complicated. While 100 people may define it 100 different ways, innovation is essentially about actually solving a problem in the real world.

“You have to separate it from invention,” said Saul Kaplan, founder of the Business Innovation Factory and former executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business Leadership Institute Distinguished Leaders Series lecture on Nov. 13. “You can invent whatever technology you want, but if we can’t figure out how it translates to the real world to solve an actual problem and build a business model around it, it’s nothing but an interesting invention.”

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Editor's Cut: RWU Magazine Issue #9

November 22, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. -- From exploding stars to floating gelatinous orbs to rediscovering history, the latest issue of RWU Magazine is bursting with stories that bring readers to the heart of the action at Roger Williams University -- all from the comfort of your own home. Careful readers may notice some changes to our pages (as well as a handful of additional pages we snuck in).

As we approach our 10th issue of RWU, we invite you to share your story ideas and reactions to what you read and see in the current issue. Email magazine@rwu.edu and let us know what you think!

Of course, for those who just can't get enough, we're happy to provide some additional reading to tide you over while our spring issue is in the works:

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Wellness Tips for the Impending Winter Season

November 5, 2013

Editor's note: This story is part of the 10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.

BRISTOL, R.I. – When crumbling burnt-orange leaves blanket the ground and a stiff, frozen breeze blows in off the bay, the first cold of the season is probably not far away. During the winter season, classrooms and dormitories resound with sniffles, sneezes and coughs. However, the larger health problems that loom over campuses are often not as obvious. Between the cold weather, dank precipitation, and shorter daylight hours, winter can wear on our psyches. So how do we keep our bodies healthy and our minds fresh until we see the revitalizing light of spring?

Jim Azar, director of the Center for Counseling and Student Development, and Director of Health Services Anne Andrade A.N.P., share some helpful tips to keep our bodies strong and spirits robust:

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Photo Slideshow: One Enchanted RWU Evening at WaterFire Providence

October 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence River was aglow with fire and fish as Roger Williams University and RWU Law joined WaterFire Providence for an evening of celebrations, including the 20th anniversary of the law school, the 40th anniversary of the marine biology program and the 350th anniversary of the 1663 Rhode Island Colonial Charter.

At sunset, a ceremonial torch-lighting ceremony featuring members of the RWU community set the river basins ablaze as canoes bearing glowing koi fish weaved between the cauldrons from Waterplace Park to Marketplace. A short walk upriver, Steeple Street hosted the RWU Showcase – complete with robotics demonstrations, history presentations and an aquaculture touch tank where marine biology students and faculty introduced visitors to starfish and an array of crustaceans and shellfish. Spirits were high at the University reception, and special appearances by RWU Hawks mascot, “Swoop,” and a living statue as Roger Williams wowed the crowd throughout the night.

Sylvia Earle: Ocean Life Makes Human Life Possible

September 30, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. – Fish and chips made from the “catch of the day,” all-you-can-eat shrimp, Rhode Island’s beloved calamari – rarely do we question what actually comprises these fruits of the sea, or “seafood,” as it’s commonly called.

On Sept. 25, world-renowned marine scientist Sylvia Earle called for a reconsideration of seafood altogether, questioning social attitudes toward fish and shellfish as a commodity for consumption. Instead, she argued, these organisms ought to be considered wildlife, critical to the fragile fabric of the Earth’s ecosystem.

Consider this: Bluefin tuna takes nearly 20 years to mature and reproduce, but many are caught and sold as juveniles, compromising the repopulation and viability of the species. Or the squid caught for calamari, thus depriving marine life that relies on squid as a primary food source.

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A Monumental Tribute to the Ocean State

July 2, 2013

Bristol, R.I. – How do you get from Newport to Providence, R.I.? Via the Roger Williams University Bristol Fourth of July Parade float, of course. Amid the marching bands, waving politicians and Miss Fourth of July herself, this year’s University float will bring parade attendees on a detailed journey from the Cliff Walk in Newport to Roger Williams Zoo in Providence.

For more than two decades, RWU’s Orientation Advisors have worked with the Facilities staff to construct floats that consistently exceed audience expectations. In addition to their myriad responsibilities to support incoming freshmen during their first days on the Bristol campus, the Orientation staff dedicates additional hours – and imagination – each summer to the float’s concept, design and construction. Each OA plays to his or her strengths, whether it’s sketching, painting or assembling the pieces.

“We have a great staff, and everyone is willing to do the best that they can do,” says float co-chair Lexy Marsh. “It’s a little stressful, but really exciting!”

Commencement 2013: Full Coverage, Live Stream Available Here

May 16, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. -- On Saturday, May 18, another class of Roger Williams University students will cross the Commencement stage to receive their hard-earned degrees and officially become college graduates. Joining them will be honorary degree recipient and keynote speaker, John M. Barry, an historian and author whose recent book details the work of university namesake Roger Williams. A day earlier, preeminent civil rights attorney and founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Morris Dees will address the RWU Law graduating class in a separate ceremony on the Bristol campus. 

This year, both Commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed on the web for those unable to join us on campus. The ceremonies will only be streamed in real time, and an archived version of the events will be made available via YouTube at a later date. Click here to watch Commencement 2013. 

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A Passion for People, Public Health

May 16, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. – It’s the question that nearly every undergraduate is asked at least a hundred times before they graduate: “What’s your major?”

Less often are they asked what their passion is. Perhaps because, for many of them, it’s much more challenging to determine what it is they want to dedicate their life to than what they want to study for four years. Such was the case for Emily D’Iorio ’13, who spent the first three years of college searching for a way to join her passion for service with her academic interests in anthropology and sociology. As a member of the Roger Williams University chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and eventually a member of it’s executive board, D’Iorio saw firsthand the impact of inadequate housing on families in low-income communities – still, halfway through her junior year she struggled to find that intersection. It wasn’t until last spring, when she took the Essentials of Public Health course with Associate Professor of Biology Kerri Warren, that D’Iorio found her calling.