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​RWU Architecture Community Claims Nearly Half of New England Design Awards

May 1, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. – From concept to design, the Roger Williams University architecture community created a colossal impression upon the 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Design Awards Program in Portland, Maine. In the most recent professional competition, 18 of the 41 award-winning projects were influenced by RWU. They were either designed by RWU faculty, alumni or a partner that has instructed undergraduate or graduate architecture students via the Teaching Firms in Residence program in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation.

The annual awards program recognizes design excellence in projects in New England or by New England architects. The competition considered 237 projects for contention in the region’s most-sought industry awards, which were reviewed by a New York-based jury of professional architects.

Delivering on His Promise, Alumnus Brings Disaster Supplies Directly to Haiti

January 18, 2017

BELLE ANSE, HAITI — Bernard Georges, a Roger Williams University graduate who founded New Bridges for Haitian Success, succeeded this month in delivering a large shipment of food, clothing and bottled water to people devastated by the Category 4 hurricane that slammed Haiti in October.

Georges, who immigrated to Rhode Island from Haiti and received a master’s degree in public administration from RWU in 2014, collected a full shipping container of supplies in Rhode Island and returned to Haiti to ensure that the aid was delivered to those who need it most.

He said he oversaw the distribution of 417 bags of supplies — each containing rice, beans, clothes, shoes, soap, hand sanitizer and bottles of water. He took part in a free clinic that provided basic medical supplies. And he distributed school supplies and toys to about 80 Haitian children as schools prepare to reopen in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Year in Review: The Top Stories at Roger Williams University in 2016

December 27, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – There’s no doubt that 2016 was a very big year for Roger Williams University, with the opening of a new campus in the heart of downtown Providence at the same time the University welcomed its largest class ever with the Class of 2020. From sending off more than 1,000 graduates into the world with Commencement 2016 to the launching of a student-led Conservation Corps, the construction management program earning a top-five national ranking, the creation of a real-time financial trading room, students landing prestigious honors and faculty experts making a difference with their work, celebrate RWU’s many successes with a look back at the most read stories on PDQ@RWU.

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Colonel Assumpico Gets Her Chance

November 21, 2016

SCITUATE, R.I. – Ann C. Assumpico grew up watching “Adam-12” on TV, and by age 10 she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up: a police officer.

 

So after excelling as an All-State field hockey and basketball player at West Warwick High School, she did what athletic boys in her school had done: She applied to police departments in the area.

 

“But I just never seemed to get anywhere,” she said. “Some of them were very rude. They would laugh at you and say things like – I was 18 at the time – ‘Little girl, get out of here, we’re not going to hire you,’ or they’d curse.”

 

Assumpico refused to let it deter her. “You never forget it. But it drives you,” she said. “You just think that the right things will happen and you will get your chance, because this is America.”

 

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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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Architecture Students’ Design Brings the Classroom Outdoors

May 25, 2017

NEWPORT, R.I. – Imagine an educational space that literally breaks down the walls of a traditional classroom, bringing students out into the natural environment for hands-on lessons in science, math and more. Thanks to a collaboration among Roger Williams University architecture students, the Newport School District and City of Newport, that will soon be a reality for more than 900 students at Pell Elementary School.

An emerging concept in early childhood education, an outdoor classroom offers students the ability to explore engaged learning opportunities that are better suited to being taught outdoors, where they can directly observe and interact with nature. For Pell Elementary School, it’s a way to enhance its strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program provided to all of its kindergarten through fourth-grade students.

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Commencement 2017: Celebration, Reflection and a Call to Action

May 20, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. – Bearing colorful caps with stories of where their journey takes them next, the processional of 1,075 members of the Roger Williams University Class of 2017 joined thousands of attendees under the tent on Saturday, May 20, to culminate their college careers at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates, University President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to two local leaders: NBC 10 anchor Patrice Wood and Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, chair of the Women & Infants Health Care Alliance, president and CEO of Women’s Care, former medical director of Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island, and a clinical associate professor at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School.

They were selected, Farish said, because their life work and their commitment to making Rhode Island a better place embodies the university's institutional mission of strengthening society through teaching and learning.

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