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Hugh Freund ’11 Captures Silver Medal in 2016 Paralympics

September 19, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A Roger Williams University alumnus set sail into the history books this weekend. Representing Team U.S.A. in the Sonar sailing class, Hugh Freund ’11 captured a Silver Medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Joining Freund – who received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from RWU – for victory in the three-person Paralympic keelboat were teammates Rick Doerr and Brad Kendell.

The team entered competition as the reigning champs of the 2016 Parasailing World Championships. Although they experienced mixed results at the start of the 11-race competition at the Paralympics, clocking in at seventh place in the first race, they quickly cruised to the top of the competitors’ board – taking second and third place in most of the races.

Researchers Win Grand Prize to Develop Technology to Stop Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

September 7, 2016

BOSTON – The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium and Roger Williams University won a prestigious award recently to develop technology that will help port inspectors find illegally hidden wildlife and help stem wildlife trafficking in the U.S. They are one of four grand prize winners to receive the inaugural Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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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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RWU’s New ‘Rising Tide’ of Educational Opportunity

September 8, 2016

PROVIDENCE – At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday formally opening its new downtown campus, Roger Williams University showcased the school’s growing impact on the city’s social and economic fabric – from helping ex-convicts reintegrate into their communities, to delivering college credits to inner-city high school students, to keeping the lights on for poor families in medical distress.

With the inauguration of the campus at One Empire Street, Roger Williams is expanding its presence in the heart of the state to fulfill its mission of strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning. And in doing so, RWU will build the university the world needs now by opening the doors of opportunity to those who have been historically marginalized and unable to gain access to higher education, according to RWU President Donald J. Farish.

“It’s a new model – a private university with a public purpose,” Farish said. “We’re deliberately focusing on increasing the educational success of people less fortunately positioned in the income spectrum.”

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What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?: Graphic Novelist Art Spiegelman to Visit RWU on Sept. 7

August 24, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – From creating controversial New Yorker covers to launching the graphic novel into contention as serious literature, Art Spiegelman does not shy away from drawing attention to society’s most pressing problems through his works. A pioneer in the underground “comix” scene since the 1960s, Spiegelman creates haunting works of graphic art that have brought readers inside the death camps of the Holocaust, to the phantom space where the Twin Towers once stood, and most recently, throughout the abandoned immigration checkpoint at Ellis Island, where etched upon the walls were ghostly reminders of the millions who had passed through to start a new life in America.

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RWU Sailing Alumnus Cy Thompson ’11 Advances to Quarterfinals in Rio Olympics

August 12, 2016

Update: Finishing his second Olympic games with an impressive 19th-place ranking, Thomspon outpaced many of his rivals throughout 10 races in the Men's Laser division, but did not make the top-ten cut to compete in the Aug. 16 Medal Race. 

RIO, BRAZIL – With six races already under his belt, Roger Williams University’s national sailing champion Cy Thompson ’11 sailed into 22nd place and advanced to the quarterfinals Friday in the Men's Laser division of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  

A member of the U.S. Virgin Islands sailing team, Thompson competes against 45 of the best sailors from around the world. This is Thompson’s second appearance as an Olympian for the U.S. Virgin Islands sailing team, following a strong showing at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he finished 25th in the Men’s Laser One Person Dinghy Sailing event.

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Roger on the Block

Join in the fun at the "Roger on the Block" neighborhood block party on Saturday, September 10, celebrating Roger Williams University's new Providence Campus at One Empire Street. The party will feature live musical entertainment — including some of New England's most popular acts like DJ Knockout, Sidy Maïga, Krook Rock, Chachi, Case Closed, Salsa Y Gaita and others — festive food, cultural activities and family fun! Roger Williams University's partnering organizations and new neighbors will be there to share information about their community resources. This event is free and open to the public. Visit for more information.