BRISTOL, R.I. – Imagine facing this choice: abandon your family and flee for your life into the New England winter wilderness with nothing more than a compass and a bit of corn paste, or surrender to captors who will bore a hole through your tongue, cut off your ears and starve you to death in a medieval jail cell. Twice in his lifetime, Roger Williams evaded oppressors bent on silencing his outspoken advocacy for religious toleration and individual freedoms.
In 1635, his native England hunted him down for contradicting the Crown, but Roger escaped with his family across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. However, the deeply religious minister found no shelter among the Massachusetts Puritans who prohibited Roger from expressing his belief that government has no right to compel a person to worship in any manner – that the individual must choose whether (and how) to worship at all.
Editor’s Note: The following opinion was created by Colleen Giles ’12 in response to a recent national conference held at Roger Williams University that gathered activists and scholars from across the country to debate the current status of the Equal Rights Amendment. For more information on the conference, click here.
Editor's note: This story is part of the10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.
FALL RIVER, MASS. – After closely studying the professionals during a student-teaching placement via Roger Williams and then tucking two years of teaching high school students under his belt, Sam Podbelski ’11 now has words of wisdom to share with the next generation of teachers.
This fall, alumnus, parent and trustee Tim Baxter ’83 – president of Samsung Electronics America – launched a partnership and case study that allowed RWU to roll out a cloud computing platform using state-of-the-art Samsung displays. Among other benefits, the solution saves money for students, frees classrooms and creates an even more collaborative academic environment. Baxter shares thoughts with Don Farish.
Tim, let me start by thanking you a great deal for the wonderful consequences of this partnership between Roger Williams and Samsung. I talked with Steve White – dean of our architecture school – the other day, and he is just rhapsodic because he is seeing his expectations exceeded. Not only is the cloud computing approach working well in terms of hardware and software, but they are now calculating how much money this will save for the average student. This feeds right into our Affordable Excellence initiative, and it turns us into a leading-edge campus on this technology. We couldn’t ask much for much more!
The Roger Williams University Student Senate & Office of the President present the 11th Annual Winter Illumination on the D’Angelo Common (by the statue of Roger). Come enjoy free cocoa, hot cider and kettle corn and the gingerbread man/woman decorating station beginning at 4:30 PM. The ceremony will commence at 4:50 PM and will include a few words from President Farish. Funds raised by the Student Senate are being donated to the Women's Resource Center of Bristol & Newport Counties. We will present them a check at this time. President Farish will lead the countdown for the Illumination promptly at 5 PM. Music provided by Drastic Measures, Hawkward and the RWU Student Chorus. Please join us!
BRISTOL, R.I. -- In just over six months, the 70th anniversary of D-Day -- largely recognized as the beginning of the end of World War II -- will be recognized in countries around the world. Much of what Americans know about the U.S. involvement in WW-II, both in the European and Pacific Theaters, comes from the "official" history -- the records of military officers and government officials that was approved for publication in history textbooks across the country. What has been lost, however, is the on-the-ground accounts of enlisted men and women who saw the war from a much different perspective. Recent initiatives, including legislation to fund the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., have increased efforts to collect these oral histories in an attempt to create a more complete picture of a critical period of world history.
BRISTOL, R.I. – In what has become a beloved campus tradition, the annual Turkey Basket Contest combines the best of the RWU community – camaraderie, generous spirit and fun, all for a wonderful cause!
ASTORIA, N.Y. -- By the time students start their freshman year of college, they are either completely certain of where they want to be in life, or they have absolutely no idea. Some students, like Raffie Gordon ’09, choose their major arbitrarily until their classes – and newly ignited interests – lead them in a different direction. Following in his stepmother’s footsteps, Gordon settled on a Media Communication/Public Relations degree at Roger Williams University – a program that would provide a broad set of skills and depth of knowledge for his future endeavors.
Still, unlike many of his peers, Gordon had another, quirkier criterion in mind during his college search. An avid skateboarder since childhood, he was immersed in the skate culture, soaking up magazines full of clothes, sneakers and skateboards.
“When I was growing up, we would always be hanging out at the skate shop. It was like our second home,” Gordon says.
BRISTOL, R.I. -- From exploding stars to floating gelatinous orbs to rediscovering history, the latest issue of RWU Magazine is bursting with stories that bring readers to the heart of the action at Roger Williams University -- all from the comfort of your own home. Careful readers may notice some changes to our pages (as well as a handful of additional pages we snuck in).
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Join the Student Veterans Alliance, ROTC and President Donald Farish in honoring our veterans with a ceremony in front of the Administration Building on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Please join us in honoring those who serve — "Past, Present & Future."
The ceremony will include remarks by RWU President Donald Farish, a color guard presented by the RWU Student Veterans Alliance and the RWU ROTC, and a performance by student group Drastic Measures.
Guest speakers — students, alumni, veterans and current service members — include:
Bryan Smith, a junior architecture major and retired Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry, who has deployed to Iraq and Japan, and conducted bilateral training in Thailand, Philippines and Australia.
Juan Ocampo, a second-year architecture graduate student and retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, who served 12 years in the Army.