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A Dream in Full Bloom

April 7, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. – It was a chance discovery that led Vivien Sin ’06 to pursue a degree in architecture. An artist since childhood, she had her sights set on visual arts until School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation Dean Stephen White discovered Sin’s natural talent as she sat in a corner of his classroom, hoping not to be noticed.

Sin, who had only recently moved to the U.S. and spoke little English, admits she didn’t understand the assignment and was terrified to be called on. It was then that White noticed her sketches.

“I was doing diagramming without knowing it,” Sin says. “Steve saw it and told me I was already at a second-year level and needed to go to architecture school. It changed my life. I was just a kid trying to figure out what I wanted to do, and he took me in. If not for him, I wouldn’t be an architect right now.”

For Student Investment Fund Managers, National Champions Times Two

April 10, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.  – If these 21 finance students from Roger Williams University were college basketball players instead of student investment fund managers, you might call their success a Cinderella story.

With a 36.17 percent return on the investments managed during calendar year 2013 (and a risk-adjusted “alpha” of 11.86 percent), the student fund managers from the Center for Advanced Financial Education (CAFE) at the University’s Mario J. Gabelli School of Business became national champions not once, but twice, last month – March Madness, indeed!

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Emerging Jazz Superstar Aaron Diehl to Play Live at RWU on April 16

March 26, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.At just 29 years old, Aaron Diehl – a “smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of jazz traditions,” according to the New York Times – has set the music world ablaze with three critically acclaimed records in just five years.

Hot off the heels of his most recent release, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (2013), Diehl and his trio are set to take the stage on Wednesday, April 16, for an intimate performance that will appeal to lifelong jazz enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Part of the emerging Live at RWU series at Roger Williams University – which hosted jazz legend Freddy Cole and virtuoso saxophonist Harry Allen last November – the free, open-to-the-public concert is offered in association with the Newport Jazz Festival.

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Live at RWU: The Aaron Diehl Trio

At just 29 years old, Aaron Diehl – a “smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of jazz traditions,” according to the New York Times – has set the music world ablaze with three critically acclaimed records in just five years.

Hot off the heels of his most recent release, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (2013), Diehl and his trio are set to take the stage on Wednesday, April 16, for an intimate performance that will appeal to lifelong jazz enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Part of the emerging Live at RWU series at Roger Williams University – which hosted jazz legend Freddy Cole and virtuoso saxophonist Harry Allen last November – the free, open-to-the-public concert is offered in association with the Newport Jazz Festival.

Creating a Campus-Wide Social Justice Movement

March 11, 2014

Editor's note: This story is part of the 10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.

BRISTOL, R.I. – What started with a weeklong series of events and activities inspiring social awareness and activism at last fall’s Social Justice Week is now reaching across campus to include more than 30 student groups, academic and administrative departments to work together on a movement creating social change and equity for all members of Roger Williams University. From courses such as Writing for Social Change to events like Leadership Unity Day, individual campus groups have already been encouraging more diversity, tolerance and cultural sensitivity – but this semester, an initiative was launched to establish a campus-wide culture of social activism and inclusion.

President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Journalist David Wilson

David WilsonWhen acclaimed journalist David Wilson traced his genealogy to North Carolina, he not only discovered the plantation where his relatives were enslaved, but also a descendent of the slave master: a 62-year-old white man named David Wilson.

In his groundbreaking documentary film, “Meeting David Wilson” (2008), Wilson attempts to illuminate America’s persisting racial divide and struggle to talk about race in United States. A sought-after pundit for news programs from “World News Tonight” to “Today,” Wilson has emerged as a leading voice in the national conversation about race relations in the United States, drawing on history, current events and personal experience to engage audiences and inspire productive dialog – even when we may disagree.

Our Lively Experiment

February 5, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Well into the second year of Affordable Excellence, what began as an engaging dialog about the issues of cost, debt and jobs in higher education has taken root at Roger Williams. Ideas have been put into action via Community Partnerships Center projects, University-wide efforts to best prepare students for careers and competitive job markets and strategic initiatives to both freeze and guarantee tuition for as long as fiscally possible.

“Our Lively Experiment” – the Roger Williams University 2012-13 President’s Report – details some of the initial outcomes of the Affordable Excellence Initiative as well as the road ahead at RWU. 

Career Dinner Conversations

Enjoy a four-course meal, facilitated by a dining etiquette expert, while eating with alumni currently working in a career field of your interest. Register here for the event. This event costs $5.

New York Times Co. v. Sullivan: Freedom of Press - 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, in a tumultuous period in U.S. history, the Supreme Court of the United States decided New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, granting the press substantial protection from the chilling effect of lawsuits seeking large damage awards for unflattering news reports. This symposium brings together a remarkable collection of law professors, First Amendment lawyers, journalists, and a leading federal judge to assess from various perspectives, both domestic and international, whether 50 years later the Times decision justified the reaction of Professor Harry Kalven at the time — that it was an "occasion for dancing in the streets."

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Keynote Address by Judge Robert Sack, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and media law expert
10:00–12:00 p.m. Panel - NY Times “in theory”
1:30-3:30 p.m. Panel – NY Times “in practice”

10 on Tuesday: From ‘Breaking Bad’ to Marine Viruses, Semester’s Series Recap

December 17, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. – Discover that an accidental gulp of seawater contains about 100,000 marine viruses, or how the hit show Breaking Bad undermines the family defense theory – and much more – in the recap of all the stories reported in the inaugural semester of the “10 on Tuesday” feature series.

Kicking off this semester, the “10 on Tuesday” series provided a fresh take on university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more. Via faculty members, students and visiting lecturers (to name just a few sources), the series leverages the expertise on campus to examine new research, ideas and visions for tackling issues big and small.

Missed any of the weekly stories? Here’s another chance to read through the maiden series line-up:

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