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Year in Review: The Top Stories at Roger Williams University in 2016

December 27, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – There’s no doubt that 2016 was a very big year for Roger Williams University, with the opening of a new campus in the heart of downtown Providence at the same time the University welcomed its largest class ever with the Class of 2020. From sending off more than 1,000 graduates into the world with Commencement 2016 to the launching of a student-led Conservation Corps, the construction management program earning a top-five national ranking, the creation of a real-time financial trading room, students landing prestigious honors and faculty experts making a difference with their work, celebrate RWU’s many successes with a look back at the most read stories on PDQ@RWU.

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Colonel Assumpico Gets Her Chance

November 21, 2016

SCITUATE, R.I. – Ann C. Assumpico grew up watching “Adam-12” on TV, and by age 10 she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up: a police officer.


So after excelling as an All-State field hockey and basketball player at West Warwick High School, she did what athletic boys in her school had done: She applied to police departments in the area.


“But I just never seemed to get anywhere,” she said. “Some of them were very rude. They would laugh at you and say things like – I was 18 at the time – ‘Little girl, get out of here, we’re not going to hire you,’ or they’d curse.”


Assumpico refused to let it deter her. “You never forget it. But it drives you,” she said. “You just think that the right things will happen and you will get your chance, because this is America.”


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Alexander Castro ’14 Captures 2016 Rhode Island Press Association Award

June 20, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Less than two years after RWU graduated its first crop of journalists in 2014, one of them has already made his mark in Rhode Island’s journalism field. Alexander Castro ’14 recently captured first place in arts criticism at the Rhode Island Press Association’s annual awards for print media, from newspapers to magazines, around the state.

With a piece titled, “Documentation with dignity” – which appeared in the Oct. 13, 2015 edition of Newport Mercury – Castro examined Virginia-based photographer Susan Mullally’s portrait series of low-income and homeless individuals holding their most meaningful possessions.

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Roger Williams University Recognizes Alumni Achievements at Annual Awards Ceremony

June 15, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – In what has become an annual tradition to celebrate the professional and personal achievements of its alumni, Roger Williams University recognized three graduates whose contributions to society and the University community advance the common good and inspire others to address society’s challenges with insight and creativity.

Local Fifth Graders Go To College for the Day

May 3, 2016

More than 300 local students descended on the Roger Williams University campus today for the annual 5th Grade Day event.

Now in its ninth year, the program was created to provide elementary students with an opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers, set high academic goals, tour the campus and participate in team-building activities.

Superintendent Dr. Mario Andrade helped kick-off the day’s activities by offering welcoming remarks to the students and also presenting a plaque of appreciation to KC Ferrara, director of the University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

“I want to acknowledge Roger Williams University for their spirit and commitment to hosting the ninth annual 5th Grade Day and for inspiring our students to dream big,” says Andrade.

As RI Latino Labor Force Grows, More Education and Training is Needed to Help Workers Compete in Local Workforce

February 29, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The number of Latino workers in Rhode Island is expected to more than double by 2040, according to the infographic, “State of Working Rhode Island: The Latino Labor Force,” released today by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. In the last decade, the Latino labor force has increased 38 percent (from 8.4 percent to 11.6 percent) — representing the largest growth among workers of color in the state.

Yet, even with the projected growth — in which Latinos will make up nearly a quarter of Rhode Island’s total workforce — Latino workers face major employment challenges, including a scarcity of jobs, significant wage and income disparity and a lack of adequate education and skill to compete in today’s job market, all of which can have major implications for the state’s economy.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Address: Don Graves, Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Counselor to Vice President Biden

In honor of the contribution of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the Civil Rights Movement, the RWU Law Office of Diversity & Outreach, with the generous support of Nixon Peabody LLP, presents Don Graves, Esq., Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Counselor to Vice President Biden.

Don Graves has served as Deputy Assistant to President Obama, as well as Counselor to Vice President Biden. He was also Biden’s Domestic and Economic Policy Director – providing advice on a range of policy issues including ways to create jobs, opportunity, and a wider path to the middle class – and his Traveling Chief of Staff. In addition, Mr. Graves oversaw the staff of the Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot effort.

SAAHP Exhibition: Keeping 74 Bridge Street Above Water

"Keeping 74 Bridge Street Above Water: Lessons from the City of Newport" on protecting historic structures and neighborhoods from the impacts of climate change, an exhibition produced in conjunction with the Newport Restoration Foundation's Keeping History Above Water conference. The exhibit will be on display November 2-30 in the SAAHP Gallery, 9AM-5PM, Monday-Friday.

A gallery talk and reception will be held Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. in the SAAHP Gallery.

The Newport Restoration Foundation's Keeping History Above Water conference was held in Newport, R.I. this past April.

2016 Turkey Basket Contest

With the holidays approaching, the Feinstein Center would like to encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in the annual Turkey Basket Contest.

Over the past 12 years, the RWU community has donated hundreds of baskets to the Bristol/Warren communities. These baskets have provided complete holiday meals and lifted sprits during the holiday season.

Each year, departments, student clubs and organizations, and groups of faculty, staff and students submit baskets that contain complete thanksgiving meals (including gift cards for the turkey, non-perishables) and other fun items such as crayons and coloring books, children’s books, and holiday tableware.  Some of the baskets have included a holiday breakfast or have been large enough to fill a family’s pantry for a month!

This year RWU is joining the East Bay Food Pantry to ensure that every family who needs a turkey basket gets one.  The pantry currently provides food and other basic needs to over 5,000 individuals in the Bristol/Warren community.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner

The Roger Williams University Athletic Department is proud to announce the fifth class of the RWU Athletics Hall of Fame. The department will induct five individuals and one team. Receiving induction are Deborah Konuch ’85 (Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Basketball), Liam Carr ’00 (Men’s Basketball), Cory DeBias ’05 (Wrestling), Antoine Bell ‘07 (Men’s Soccer), the 2002 Women’s Tennis team, and Dwight Datcher ’74 for Special Recognition.

The reception starts at 5:45 p.m. in the first floor of the Campus Recreation Center and dinner begins at 7 p.m. inside the Gymnasium.

Please register to attend this event here.