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University to Lease One Empire Plaza, Double Its Providence Footprint

December 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a move that will nearly double its footprint in downtown Providence and allow more students – law students, adult learners and undergraduates – access to enhanced learning and community engagement opportunities in the capital city, Roger Williams University has agreed to lease 76,566 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza from property owner Berkeley Investments, Inc.

RWU President Donald J. Farish, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Berkeley Investments Vice President Barbara Smith-Bacon joined other city, state and community officials for an event today at One Empire Plaza to announce the University’s expansion in Providence.

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CPC Plan to Transform Abandoned Pawtucket / Central Falls Mill Earns APA-RI Award

December 11, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will award a group of 30 Roger Williams University students (some now recent alumni) and three faculty members for their success in creating a comprehensive redevelopment plan for an abandoned manufacturing property, the former site of The Conant Thread Company and Coats & Clark Mill Complex located on the border of Pawtucket and Central Falls. Through the Community Partnerships Center, business, architecture and historic preservation students worked together with Commerce RI, the Pawtucket Foundation and the two cities to produce a plan aimed at preserving and revitalizing the mill site, an area that has been vacant since 1964.

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Student Research Digs Up Dirt on Newport’s Pre-Revolution Historic Properties

December 9, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Murder, bankruptcies, 18th century interracial marriages – not the standard fare a group of RWU historic preservation students expected to uncover in their recent field research of Colonial Era buildings in Newport. Yet they were as enthused as they were stunned to discover such tales.

“These kinds of finds opened eyes in many ways to the lives of these buildings,” says School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation adjunct professor Catherine Zipf. “These are Colonial buildings – they predate the Revolution. We observe and think about how they are today, and how they began, but we don’t think about the almost 200 years in between.”

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Inspiration + Presentation: GSB Student Captures R.I. Elevator Pitch Contest

December 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An up-and-coming mode of sending out personal sentiments to friends and loved ones may cause you to discard altogether traditional notions of “greeting cards” – at least if Willem Delventhal, a senior management major in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, gets his way.

Evidently it’s a convincing idea. So much so that Delventhal earned honors as top presenter at the ninth annual statewide Elevator Pitch Contest, sponsored by the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, for his proposal to create an online greeting card service that enables recipients to interactively engage in a one-minute game with senders.

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Power Player: LPI Director Named One of State’s 30 Most Powerful Women

December 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Picked up a copy of this December’s edition of Rhode Island Monthly? Then you likely noticed an RWU connection. The University’s own Anna Cano Morales – a Central Falls native, longtime leader in social services and policy in Rhode Island, volunteer for causes impacting local communities and director of RWU’s Latino Policy Institute – earned honors as one of the 30 most powerful women in the state.

Tonight, she will be honored in person at a celebration, organized by Rhode Island Monthly to serve as a fundraiser for Day One, a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual abuse and violence. As tonight’s event approaches, Morales shared a few thoughts on what the award means to her.

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HousingWorks, Women's Fund Infographic: More Older Women in R.I. Burdened by Housing Costs

December 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- More senior women “heads of households” own their homes today, but for those with a mortgage, the cost burden is high. A new infographic released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) and the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island offers a glimpse at Rhode Island households headed by women aged 65+.

“We’ve looked at the challenges facing women heads of household in Rhode Island, but this is our first look at how things differ for older women,” said HWRI Director Nicole Lagace. “Given that Rhode Island ranks seventh in the country for the number of women aged 65+, and first for women aged 85+, we wanted to see how the housing picture has changed for older women from 2000 to now.”

Making the Most of Your Research: Advice from Historical Authors

November 25, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – A term that evokes images of long hours spent in the library poring over stacks of textbooks, “research” was branded with a new reputation as “exciting” by two steadfast history buffs in “From the Stacks to the Pages: How Research Tells the Stories from History,” the semester’s final lecture in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center’s Talking in the Library Series. True to their passions, historical writers Taylor Polites and Jeffrey Meriwether – associate professor of history and Revolutionary War re-enactor – conjured the many roads down which their research has taken them in a lively discussion complete with a bag of props: Royal Navy caps, an HMS Ocean ribbon, and the uniform of a master corporal in the French infantry.

Students’ Verses Tug at Hearts in Competitive Poetry Slam

November 13, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On a typically quiet Thursday evening on campus, one classroom broke the stillness last week with a raucous display of artistic creation. One of the most well-attended student events, the 9th biannual Poetry Slam reverberated the auditorium-style classroom with a thunder of poetry, cheering, and music.

For a moment, imagine yourself seated inside the room, the anticipation palpable among audience members and “slammers” alike. Every seat and aisle in the room is filled, with the overspill of spectators poured out through the hallway, raptly listening to slammers they cannot even see for two hours. For the slammers, the energy in the room reflects their minds’ feverish frenzy as they prepare to perform, a feeling of electricity surging through their veins, testing their fight-or-flight response.

Election Day Upshot: Individuals from RWU, RWU Law Earn Key Offices

November 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Election Day 2014 was cause for pride at Roger Williams University, which saw five of its own capture (or recapture) key statewide offices and mayoral appointments, along with 10 seats in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Among the more visible election victories:

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