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Local Girl Scouts Test Science Skills at RWU

February 9, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Saturday, Feb. 6, the Roger Williams University chapter of Society of Women Engineers hosted 46 local Girl Scouts for a “Physics is Phun” workshop – an annual hands-on science program that allows scouts from the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England to earn a new badge by completing six different experiments on electricity, force and motion, aeronautics, optics, acoustics and space.

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New Social Media Tool Celebrates, Publicizes Student Achievements

January 29, 2016

Bristol, R.I. – Made the Dean’s List? Went abroad? Volunteered? There’s a Merit badge for that.

Roger Williams University has expanded its partnership with Merit Pages, a new, online platform that allows the University to recognize students through virtual achievement badges awarded for collegiate experiences ranging from community projects to academic achievements to conference presentations and more.

“The Merit Pages platform is essentially a 21st century version of the hometown newspaper outreach that colleges have used for decades,” says Brian E. Clark, the University’s director of public affairs. “Whether for Dean’s List, graduation or a specific academic achievement that we elect to publicize, the system still targets hometown papers but also gets the news out via social media and to a network of key stakeholders.”

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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Remembering the Holocaust with Rosalie Franks

December 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Seventy years have passed since the Holocaust ended with liberation of the concentration camps, but people like Rosalie Franks work to ensure its legacy is never forgotten.

In the 1990s, she devoted five years to interviewing 92 Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (now the USC Shoah Foundation), a web archive of 51,000 video testimonials from survivors around the world.  Since that experience, Franks – a longtime adjunct professor of critical writing, literature and philosophy at Roger Williams – has brought back lessons on human rights and social justice to her classroom.

What preparation did the Shoah Foundation give you?

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Town of Bristol, University Celebrate Initiatives Supported by Fund for Civic Activities

November 18, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – More than 60 people representing local nonprofits and community organizations gathered today at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center in Bristol to join Town Administrator Antonio A. Teixeira, Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish and members of the 12-person Town / University Cooperative Committee to celebrate the impact of the Fund for Civic Activities initiative, which has awarded nearly $200,000 in University-provided grant funds to some 130 projects since 2007.

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University Extends Unprecedented Tuition Freeze and Guarantee

November 16, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of unveiling a new core purpose, core values and university goal, Roger Williams University has once again committed to continuing its Affordable Excellence initiative for both its undergraduate and law students as a proactive measure against increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing higher education today.

At the undergraduate level, this means the University’s tuition freeze (which has locked tuition at $29,976 since 2012) and four-year guarantee (which can save students as much as $15,000 by ensuring that tuition will not increase during a student’s time on campus) now extend through the 2016-17 academic year.

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Fun, Functional Fabric: SAAHP Students Sweep Competition in Fabric Structures Challenge

October 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – From a marine-inspired performing arts stage at Fort Adams in Newport to an urban tree canopy garden on the Charles River in Boston to large, whimsical tents for outdoor events on the Roger Williams University quad, a trio of unique fabric-based structures designed by graduate architecture students propelled them to a sweep of the top three spots in an international student design challenge.

When the Industrial Fabrics Association International announced the winners of its 2015 Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge last week at the IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., RWU’s Nicholas Musilli landed first place for his individual entry, “Sail Stage,” Kyle Baron and Catherine Smeykal took second place for “Urban Canopy Garden,” and Dominic Skrajewski and Leslie Hulbert earned third place for “(Con) Temporary.”

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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.

Birss Memorial Library Exhibition: "In Cold Blood" and Truman Capote

As part of the 16th Annual Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Exhibition, the “'In Cold Blood' and Truman Capote” exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of this major work of literature, hailed as the first major "non-fiction novel." The exhibition is open daily through March 31 during the library's operating hours. 

Featured items include: 

Freedom Journey 1965: Exhibition Finale and Armchair Discussion

Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma-to-Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein

Exhibition Finale and Armchair Discussion


Providence Journal Columnist Edward Fitzpatrick

NAACP Providence President James Vincent

In celebration of Black History Month, RWU is presenting a conversation on the Civil Rights movement, the establishment of the NAACP, and 21st-century issues of race, social justice and human rights. This discussion takes place in conjunction with the historic Freedom Journey photographs in adjacent galleries.

Sponsored by Bank of America

Providence Public Library, Auditorium, Third Floor
150 Empire Street, Providence, R.I.

Kindly RSVP by Friday, February 19:
Melanie Stone at (401) 254-3322 or