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Tuesday’s ABC6 Gubernatorial Debate at RWU Postponed

September 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University learned today from WLNE-TV ABC6 that the Gubernatorial Debate scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Campus Recreation Center will be postponed until further notice due to a scheduling conflict.

While the hope is to find a new date in late September or early October that will allow the Roger Williams campus to serve as the venue for the debate and the live ABC6 broadcast, those details have not yet been confirmed. The university expects to share specifics on a potential rescheduled debate – along with complete details on the ticket reservation process – in the coming two weeks.

In summary: the Gubernatorial Debate will not take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16; more details on a possible rescheduled debate at Roger Williams will be provided soon.

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Grow, Eat Your Own Oysters: Dockside Aquaculture Program Returns

July 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Rhode Island coastal homeowners can now grow, eat and enjoy their own oysters as Roger Williams University kicks off registration for its dockside aquaculture program, a summer course offering that provides local residents with the knowledge, tools and official license to safely farm oysters on their waterfront property.

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Homecoming & Family Weekend: Autumn Festival

Join the Homecoming and Family Weekend committee at Autumn Festival. Activities include pumpkin painting, candy apples, live music performance by guitarist Austin Renfroe and dance performances by our student groups, activities for families and students; and so much more. Visit for more information.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: King & Queen Coronation

Share in the Homecoming tradition of crowning the Homecoming King and Queen, as this campus event kicks off the Autumn Fest afternoon. For more information visit

Homecoming & Family Weekend: 5K Road Race

Join the RWU Cross Country team in the 3nd Annual Homecoming 5K Race! This on-campus race is open to all parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff. Visit to register.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Midnight Madness

Sponsored by Campus Entertainment Network, come out and show your Hawk Pride for RWU Athletics! Cheer on our winter sports teams at a night of high energy music, dancing, competitions and prizes. Midnight Madness is for students, family, and alumni to show their RWU spirit!

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Casino Night

Come enjoy the excitement and the feel of a real casino at Casino Night without the worries of losing your shirt! Sit down at one of the many gaming tables which will include blackjack, roulette, Caribbean poker, or “go all in” at Texas hold ‘em. Don’t miss this opportunity to feel like a high roller or just come and join us for an evening of fun. Casino Night will also have a Dance Dance Revolution Tournament and photo booth.

Aviation Safety Invention Scores Top FAA Prize for Student Engineers

June 30, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With the invention of an original and economical wind shear detection device, four Roger Williams University engineering students earned top honors in the national 2014 Federal Aviation Administration Design Competition for Universities.

Samantha Gildersleeve ’14, Stephanie Norris ’14, Benny Tortorici ’14, and Andrew Wilson ’14 received first place in the runway safety category for their creation of the Protection Against Wind Shear (PAWS) system, a device that detects and transmits low-level wind shear at general aviation airports. Wind shear – a rapid change in wind speed or direction traveling at an angle – poses a serious hazard to departing and arriving planes, and can result in accidents and occasional fatalities.

An open-ended challenge, the competition required students to identify a significant aviation-related issue and engineer a solution to the problem, consulting airport operators and industry experts on their designs. The national FAA design challenge is open to all undergraduates and graduate students in colleges and universities across the United States.

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A Field Guide to Local Seaweed

June 23, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Algae is abundant in waters worldwide – and the number of seaweed species is vast and largely unknown. Associate Professor of Biology Brian Wysor has dedicated his career to researching the biodiversity of marine flora, and for the past 6 years has applied NSF grant funding to research what he calls the “extraordinarily rich” marine flora across the isthmus. A shorter-term biodiversity study in Rhode Island is projected to turn up between 200 and 300 seaweed species, Wysor says. Head down to the RWU waterfront, he says, and in 20 minutes you can find as many distinct species along the shoreline.

RWU partnered with Wysor, his research assistants Courtney Anderson ’14 and Ben Korry ’13, and alumna Katie Hurley ’12 – an assistant biologist at Smithers Viscient Environmental Testing and Regulatory Laboratory on Cape Code – to provide an illustrated field guide to some of the common species you might encounter on your next trip to the beach. Click here to view.

From Seaweed to Secret Passageways: Beyond the Pages of RWU Magazine Issue 10

June 24, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Wanted more between the pages of RWU Magazine's spring issue? Us, too! Whether you're enjoying your issue of RWU poolside, lakeside or surfside, here is some extra content to sink your teeth into -- from seaweed recipes to misunderstood zombies. 

And, while you revel in the relaxation of summer break, we'll be hard at work creating the next issue. As always, we want to hear from you, our readers. Let us know how you like the current magazine and send us your story ideas at Happy reading!

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