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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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10th Annual Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic

One of the most beloved traditions of Alumni Weekend, the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic brings alumni together from across the country. The event includes a round of golf at Montaup Country Club, boxed lunch and a steak and lobster dinner.

Register here for the event: http://alumni.rwu.edu/alumni/events/alumni-weekend/annual-ray-cordeiro-alumni-golf-classic/.

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Matching Gift Challenge to Revitalize, Expand Sustainability Garden [Video]

April 22, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – An anonymous donor has pledged a $2,500 matching gift toward the revitalization and expansion of the Sustainability Garden surrounding the Mark Gould Pond at the Marine and Natural Sciences Building on RWU’s Bristol Campus. The gift – which will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $2,500 towards a $5,000 overall goal – will support efforts to reinstall native plants and expand the low-maintenance landscaping with shrubs and flowers that provide birds, butterflies and bees with critical resources. In addition, a formal outdoor classroom space is slated for creation where students will study environmental and sustainability issues in the natural environment. Remaining funding will be directed towards the student vegetable garden, including the planting of herbs and fruit-producing shrubs.

In Memoriam: Former University President Emeritus William Rizzini

March 24, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University community lost an influential member last week with the passing of former University President Emeritus William “Bill” Rizzini ’76H on Feb. 29. A member of the Roger Williams community since 1961, Rizzini created a foundation for hallmark programs as the college began its transition to university.

Rizzini came to Roger Williams first as an English professor for 10 years before holding a number of administrative positions. In 1976, he was awarded an honorary degree, and he served as president of RWC from 1978 to 1989, making great advances for the growth of campus, academically and physically, during his tenure.

Students Embark on Stay Break to Help Address Food Needs in RI Communities

March 7, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – This week, more than 130 Roger Williams University students, from undergraduate to graduate to law, are participating in Alternative Spring Break trips, where groups of students – often led by faculty and staff advisors – work in teams to lead volunteer projects aimed at improving communities or assisting nonprofit organizations.

One group of students will embark on the University’s first Stay Break – a new program that mirrors the immersive, week-long service learning experience of alternative spring break trips abroad but allows students to stay on campus and serve nonprofits in nearby communities. The group, which includes 17 students, will lead volunteer projects focused on meeting food needs in Rhode Island communities by partnering with the Rhode Island Food Bank, East Bay Community Action Program, Sharing the Harvest Community Farm and Mathewson Street Church.

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Inside Scoop: More from RWU Magazine Issue 12

December 14, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – After digging into stories of alumni finding love over pizza, students devising on-the-fly disaster aid in Peru, the impact of the growing Latino population in Rhode Island and so much more within the pages of RWU Magazine Issue 12, we’re prepared to satisfy your hunger for more content.

From extended interviews to photo slideshows and recipes to sear a perfect scup dish, sink your teeth into these extra morsels below from beyond the pages.

Want to see yourself in the next issue of RWU Magazine? Send us your story ideas at magazine@rwu.edu.

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