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Community Connections Celebrates 10 Years

August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Monday, Aug. 25, some 1,400 students, faculty and staff from Roger Williams University will lead the 10th Annual Community Connections day – the largest service program in the region – in which teams of students, faculty and staff will work together with 56 local nonprofits on projects that range from cleaning local parks, to running bingo at senior centers, to creating art projects with developmentally disabled adults.

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HousingWorks RI and RWU Expand Partnership

July 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of a synergetic collaboration that began in 2012, Roger Williams University (RWU) has fully integrated HousingWorks RI (HWRI) into its Division of University Outreach and Engagement, as of July 1.

HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University will continue to be housed at the University’s Providence campus at 150 Washington Street. The completed integration creates further synergy between the strategic objectives of RWU and the research, policy and communications work of HWRI. On top of the expanded partnership, Nicole Lagace has been named Director and will lead HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University in furthering its position as the authoritative source of information about housing in Rhode Island.

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Aviation Safety Invention Scores Top FAA Prize for Student Engineers

June 30, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With the invention of an original and economical wind shear detection device, four Roger Williams University engineering students earned top honors in the national 2014 Federal Aviation Administration Design Competition for Universities.

Samantha Gildersleeve ’14, Stephanie Norris ’14, Benny Tortorici ’14, and Andrew Wilson ’14 received first place in the runway safety category for their creation of the Protection Against Wind Shear (PAWS) system, a device that detects and transmits low-level wind shear at general aviation airports. Wind shear – a rapid change in wind speed or direction traveling at an angle – poses a serious hazard to departing and arriving planes, and can result in accidents and occasional fatalities.

An open-ended challenge, the competition required students to identify a significant aviation-related issue and engineer a solution to the problem, consulting airport operators and industry experts on their designs. The national FAA design challenge is open to all undergraduates and graduate students in colleges and universities across the United States.

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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.

University Begins Negotiations for Providence Campus Location

August 4, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.  – The Roger Williams University Board of Trustees has authorized negotiations to move forward with Berkeley Investments Inc. for its Providence Campus expansion. The University is currently considering leasing 76,000 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza. 

With an anticipated opening in June 2016, the move would nearly double the University’s footprint in downtown Providence and allow more students – law students, adult learners and undergraduates – access to enhanced learning and engagement opportunities in the capital city. The building will provide expanded space for the University’s School of Law, School of Continuing Studies and growing array of community engagement programs, including the Community Partnerships Center, Latino Policy Institute, HousingWorks RI and more.   

The new campus location would replace RWU’s Metro Center at 150 Washington Street in Providence.

 

 

 

 

Grow, Eat Your Own Oysters: Dockside Aquaculture Program Returns

July 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Rhode Island coastal homeowners can now grow, eat and enjoy their own oysters as Roger Williams University kicks off registration for its dockside aquaculture program, a summer course offering that provides local residents with the knowledge, tools and official license to safely farm oysters on their waterfront property.

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RWU Joins Planet Forward University Consortium

July 7, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University is one of 10 universities internationally to join the Planet Forward University Consortium, a newly launched multimedia, digital storytelling collaborative aimed at providing an added voice for those working on sustainability challenges such as food security, water, energy and climate change.

Based at the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Planet Forward engages young people, opinion leaders, and innovators in finding solutions for the biggest challenges facing the planet. It provides a forum for experts and engaged citizens to come together to find solutions to shared challenges, specifically in the areas of energy, climate and sustainability.

Off the Script: Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers

June 19, 2013

Read anything lately about K-12 and/or higher education reform? Imagine the challenge that today’s education majors (our future teachers) face while learning in the midst of such spirited debate playing out publicly, day in and day out. Kelly Donnell – a faculty member at Roger Williams since 2006 who becomes dean of the School of Education this summer – chats with Don Farish on how best to prepare teacher-leaders for K-12 classrooms in the 21st century.

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From Seaweed to Secret Passageways: Beyond the Pages of RWU Magazine Issue 10

June 24, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Wanted more between the pages of RWU Magazine's spring issue? Us, too! Whether you're enjoying your issue of RWU poolside, lakeside or surfside, here is some extra content to sink your teeth into -- from seaweed recipes to misunderstood zombies. 

And, while you revel in the relaxation of summer break, we'll be hard at work creating the next issue. As always, we want to hear from you, our readers. Let us know how you like the current magazine and send us your story ideas at magazine@rwu.edu. Happy reading!

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RWU Appoints Dean of Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

June 5, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has appointed accomplished scholar, educator and administrator Susan McTiernan, Ph.D., to lead the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. As dean, she will serve as the school’s academic and administrative leader.

McTiernan comes to Roger Williams from Quinnipiac University, where she served as associate dean and associate professor of management in the School of Business since 2010.

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