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University Awards $12K in Grants to Community Organizations in Bristol

November 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year “memorandum of understanding” accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee has awarded $11,550 in grant funds to 10 local nonprofits and organizations.

The awards conclude the 14th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $194,451 to support nearly 130 projects and initiatives.

Selections are made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, which comprises individuals from both the Town and the University. The complete list of awards for this grant cycle includes:

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GoingPro Professional Development Conference

GoingPro is a professional development conference geared toward college students. As keynote speaker, Tim Baxter, President of Samsung Electronics America, Inc., will share his success story as well as provide key pointers and tips. Panels will follow focusing on social media, first impressions, life after the undergraduate experience, and entrepreneurship.
This conference will provide networking opportunities as well as inspiration and motivation to encourage attendees to achieve future success in professional settings. Students at many stages of their career exploration and from a wide variety of majors will find this information useful. 
Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee of $20.00. To register, visit

Oct. 28 Discussion to Reflect on Infamous ‘Middle Passage’ and Rhode Island Role in Slave Trade

October 20, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – During the trans-Atlantic voyage that for centuries forcibly transported Africans overseas to the New World to be sold as slaves, more than 2 million Africans perished in the journey’s infamous Middle Passage. Conditions were so deplorable that historian John Henrik Clarke has said, “If the Atlantic were to dry up, it would reveal a scattered pathway of human bones, African bones, marking the various routes of the Middle Passage.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, members of the Roger Williams University community and the general public are invited to join Ann Chinn, founder and executive director of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, and Emily Kugler of the project’s Boston’s chapter to learn about their mission to honor those who died during the Middle Passage.

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Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center 'Puts RWU On the Map'

October 19, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Sunny skies prevailed over sparkling waters Friday when the Roger Williams University community gathered with the Board of Trustees and the U.S. Congressional Delegation of Rhode Island to officially dedicate the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center – a completely donor-funded waterfront facility that will serve as home to the national powerhouse RWU sailing team and an educational facility for students of all ages from across campus and the Ocean State.

“In many ways, the Mount Hope Bay is both our unfair advantage and our responsibility,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lisa Raiola. “Its beauty is often the thing that attracts students and others to our campus, and its proximity reminds us every day that we need to take care of it. With the new Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center, we have created access to the bay for competition, recreation and conservation.”  

Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing & Education Center Dedication Ceremony

President Donald J. Farish and the University Board of Trustees invite faculty, staff and students to a special dedication of the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing & Education Center.

Come celebrate the first facility on the RWU campus that was fully funded through the generosity of donors. A speaking program will be followed by light refreshments and a tour of the center.

Please RSVP to Caitlin Krouse at

RWU Arboretum a Reality as Campus Earns Accreditation

October 13, 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 RhodeIsland – 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 Teachinand 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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Homecoming & Family Weekend: President's Jazz Brunch

Plan to meet up with your students before leaving Bristol to enjoy a wonderful Jazz Brunch! Tickets required.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Special Performance

Doors open at 7:45 p.m. for this PG-13 special performance.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: King and Queen Coronation

Share in the Homecoming tradition of crowning the Homecoming King and Queen as this ceremony kicks off the Autumn Fest afternoon.