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'WikiLeaks Lawyer' David Coombs Joins RWU Law Faculty

August 26, 2014

 

BRISTOL, R.I. – As its Fall 2014 semester begins, Roger Williams University School of Law has welcomed renowned WikiLeaks defense lawyer David Coombs to its faculty as Visiting Associate Professor of Law.

Coombs, who has previously taught at RWU Law as an adjunct faculty member, will be coaching the school’s trial team  and teaching “Criminal Procedure: Investigation,” a required second-year course, during the Spring 2015 semester.

In recent years, Coombs – whose Providence-based law practice focuses on defense work in military courts-martial proceedings – won national media attention as the lead defense counsel for Chelsea Manning f/k/a PFC Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted last summer in the largest leak of documents in United States history.

University to Welcome 1,200 New Students at Convocation 2014

August 18, 2014

Bristol, R.I. – On Saturday, Aug. 23, more than 1,200 new students will mark the official beginning of their academic journey at Roger Williams University at the 2014 Convocation ceremony, an annual rite of passage for each year’s entering class that serves as a formal welcoming for new students and their families to the campus community.

The ceremony will kick off at 2 p.m. with a processional march led by Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band and followed by the national anthem performed by Drastic Measures, an all-student a cappella group. New students and their families will be greeted by fellow students as well as the University staff and faculty including the University president, provost and Student Senate president.

With all students dressed in regalia, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Eisinger will lead them in reciting the University’s Pledge of Academic Integrity, in which students promise to challenge each other, conduct themselves honorably and assist one another as they live and work together in mutual support.

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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 will work together with 56 local nonprofits on projects that range from cleaning local parks to running bingo at senior centers, and creating art projects with developmentally disabled adults.

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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.

Live@RWU Presents the Johnny O'Neal Trio

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.

As a pianist and vocalist, O’Neal’s credits have included Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson and Milt Jackson, among others. In 2004, he landed the role of the illustrious Art Tatum in the blockbuster movie Ray. Fresh on the heels of “Live at Smalls,” his most recent album, O’Neal takes the stage at Roger Williams University in an intimate performance not to miss.

Ticketing Information

Free and Open to the Public with a Ticket, but Seating is Limited

Please note that individual registrations must be submitted for every event attendee. If there is more than one person in your group, please submit the registration form multiple times, as needed, with information for each attendee.

ABC6, Cox and RWU Join Forces on Sept. 16 Gubernatorial Debate

August 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One week after Rhode Island’s primary elections, WLNE-TV/ ABC 6 will broadcast the first gubernatorial debate featuring the final candidates on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm live from the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol. The hour-long debate is made possible through the generous support of Cox Communications.

ABC6 News Anchor John DeLuca will moderate the program. Panelists will include ABC6 News Anchor and Chief Political Analyst Mark Curtis, WHJJ Radio talk show host Ron St. Pierre, and Robert Eisinger, dean of the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences at Roger Williams.

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ABC6 Gubernatorial Debate 2014 at Roger Williams University - Sponsored by Cox Communications

Doors open at 4:00 pm and close at 6:30 pm. No entry permitted after 6:30 pm. Event starts promptly as 7:00 pm.

One week after Rhode Island’s primary elections, WLNE-TV ABC 6 will hold and televise the first gubernatorial debate featuring the final candidates, with the Roger Williams University campus in Bristol as host and Cox Communications as the presenting sponsor. The event will be open to both the RWU community and the general public.

Advance registration is required for all attendees. Registration details:

Registration must be completed, in advance, via the web forms below.

Individual registrations must be submitted for every event attendee. If there is more than one person in your group, please submit the registration form multiple times, as needed, with information for each attendee.

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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