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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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David Welch ’17 Captures NCAA Division III National Championship in Wrestling

March 22, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – For the first time in school history, a Roger Williams University student-athlete has captured the title of an NCAA Division III National Championship. Up against top competition in the March 12 tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, David Welch made RWU history with a 5-4 win to become the first Hawk to claim an NCAA national championship.

Head Wrestling Coach Jon Egan credits Welch’s victory to the athlete’s dedication to training and serving as the team’s wrestling captain, a role in which he inspired each of his six teammates to put their best effort forward at the national tournament and place 15th overall as a team.

"We work so hard to get guys on the All-American podium and David eclipsed that goal by being only the fifth NCAA champ from an all-New England school," Egan said. "With regards to recruiting, we are on the national map now. David shows all future wrestlers that if you focus and sacrifice, anything is possible."

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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Sailing

81st Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Gill Dinghy Championships

In Just its Second Year, RWU Men's Polo Team Becomes U.S. Champs

April 10, 2017

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Just one year after its creation, the Roger Williams University men's polo team captured the 2017 United States Polo Association Intercollegiate National Championship on Saturday, April 8, with a 12-11 victory over Southern Methodist University.

The championship is the first national title in the young program's history, as the 2016-17 academic year marks the team's second season as a varsity sport at Roger Williams. The team was nearly undefeated during the regular season, earning a berth in the national tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif., by beating Cornell University in the Northeast Regional Championship tournament.

David M. Kemmy, RWU’s director of athletics, intramurals and recreation, said this marks the second time that a RWU team has won a national championship, following the 2011 sailing team that won team racing.

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Baseball

vs. University of Massachusetts- Boston

Baseball

vs. Tufts University

Intramural Golf Tournament

Attention Golfers: Join us for the end of the year Intramural Golf Tournament at Touisett Country Club, 221 Pearse Rd, Swansea, MA 02777. Prices are $50 for undergraduates and $65 for staff or faculty. With the purchase of tickets you get 18 holes of golf with a cart, T-shirts, and lunch. The team with the lowest scramble score, longest drive and closest to the pin competitions wins the 1st place. You will not find a cheaper tournament to play in anywhere! For more information please contact Mike Gallagher mgallagher@rwu.edu