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Revolution, Tragedy and the Power of Stories

October 8, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – It is difficult enough for an adult to try to make sense of a political revolution that turned neighbor upon neighbor in the bloody massacre that killed nearly 1.7 million people under the rise of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime in the mid 1970s. But imagine being a child and attempting to understand a world turned suddenly upside-down, while fighting to survive in this strange and treacherous environment.

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2015 Housing Fact Book Shows Rhode Islanders Struggle with Housing Costs

October 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The 2015 Housing Fact Book released today by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University (HWRI) includes a slew of new housing indicators that paint a more detailed picture of housing throughout the Ocean State. The figures released in the Housing Fact Book show a persistent housing cost burden for Rhode Island homeowners and renters alike, but particularly for the state’s lower and middle income groups.
“Our analysis of additional indicators found that the state’s low vacancy rate, low rates of new housing authorized by building permits, and high costs of construction have resulted in housing costs that are high relative to incomes in Rhode Island,” said Nicole Lagace, director of HWRI.  “For the past decade, these housing costs have outpaced the incomes for Rhode Islanders at all income levels.”

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Magnified Clam Image Captures Top Award in NOAA Photo Contest

October 1, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. Kathryn Markey Lundgren was scrolling through her Instagram feed last week when her thumb hovered over an image she knew well – her own photo, published to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries account. While seeing her photo spotlighted surprised her, the caption stunned Lundgren even more: “…take a minute to get your eyes on the winning photos in our Aquaculture Photo Contest, like this first-place stunner.”
Lundgren, an aquatic diagnostic technician in RWU’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED), found out first through Instagram, then later, a NOAA e-newsletter, that her photo been awarded first place in NOAA Fisheries’ inaugural aquaculture photo contest.

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University Implements Revolutionary New Core Purpose and Values

September 17, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I.Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish was joined today by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, along with students and faculty, to announce bold goals designed to make a significant and meaningful difference in Rhode Island’s future.

As part of an ambitious initiative named Roger’s Revolution, the University is formally adopting a revolutionary higher education philosophy driven by a core purpose – To Strengthen Society through Engaged Teaching and Learning – and a singular goal – To Build the University the World Needs Now.

In Rhode Island, the implementation of this initiative over the next three years is expected to:

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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.

RWU Arboretum a Reality as Bristol Campus Earns Accreditation

October 8, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With a pledge to steward the significant collection of trees on campus and to contribute urban forestry expertise on planting efforts with community partners across Rhode Island, Roger Williams University has become an internationally accredited arboretum.

The University earned the arboretum credential from the Morton Arboretum’s ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program – which establishes standards and guidelines for arboreta around the world – in recognition of the collection of trees on the Bristol campus, which is home to more than 30 species of native and specimen trees.

The Roger Williams University Arboretum claims the distinction of being one of only two college campuses in Rhode Island – and joining a select group of 14 other colleges and universities in New England – to earn ArbNet accreditation.

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Toward a Greater Good: In the Heart of Providence, Celebrating Community-Engaged Projects

October 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A month after the public launch of Roger’s Revolution – a bold new initiative to make a significant difference in Rhode Island’s economic future while equipping students with the experiences and skills that today’s employers demand – Roger Williams University gathered with community partners in the heart of the Capital City to celebrate the collaborative work of students and faculty in local communities.

Held at the Providence Public Library – the University’s soon-to-be neighbor, with its expanded campus at One Empire Plaza set for occupancy late next spring – the Community Engagement Celebration illustrated the myriad ways the University is fulfilling its innovative new core purpose – To Strengthen Society through Engaged Teaching and Learning – and singular goal – To Build the University the World Needs Now – to enhance the education of its students and make a meaningful impact in Rhode Island.

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Writing a History of Liars: The Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan and the Problem of Sources

Please join the Department of History and American Studies for the first lecture in the Joshua B. Stein Works in Progress Lecture Series this semester. Bradley Proctor (Yale University) will kick the series off by discussing his research: "Writing a History of Liars: The Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan and the Problem of Sources.”

RWU Celebrates Local Food Community with Annual Eat Local Challenge

September 29, 2015

Bristol, R.I. – Today, the University joins together to celebrate the Annual Eat Local Challenge - a day on which the campus community comes together to sample farm-fresh foods at the outdoor farmer’s market and feast on regionally authentic dishes in the dining commons, all to celebrate the importance of environmentally responsible food sourcing.

For this year’s Eat Local Challenge, Chef de Cuisine Jon Cambra will highlight Rhode Island’s best with dishes – grilled swordfish kabobs, lobster sliders, braised beef pot roast and scallop ceviche, among other menu items. The dining commons will also feature a chilled raw bar featuring littleneck clams, onset oysters and east beach blond oysters. Other specialty dishes will include seaweed salad, potato leek soup and eggplant roulades with autumn squash and goat cheese. All of the ingredients are harvesting within 150 miles of the campus.

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Jazz Vocalist Mary Stallings to Perform Live@RWU with Bruce Barth on Oct. 7

September 28, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With a stunning stage presence and an emotionally dynamic voice that truly inhabits her lyrics, Mary Stallings is a jazz vocalist at the peak of her musical powers. Accompanied by Bruce Barth – an accomplished pianist deeply rooted in the jazz tradition – they are one of the hottest duos performing today.

With a far-ranging repertoire of jazz standards, ballads and swinging groove from Stallings’ 2015 album Feelin’ Good, Stallings and Barth will take the stage for an intimate performance at Roger Williams University on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Part of the Live@RWU series – which has hosted jazz luminaries Freddy Cole, Aaron Diehl, Johnny O’Neal, Joe Locke and Justin Kauflin to date – the concert is free and open to the public. 

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