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New Social Media Tool Celebrates, Publicizes Student Achievements

January 29, 2016

Bristol, R.I. – Made the Dean’s List? Went abroad? Volunteered? There’s a Merit badge for that.

Roger Williams University has expanded its partnership with Merit Pages, a new, online platform that allows the University to recognize students through virtual achievement badges awarded for collegiate experiences ranging from community projects to academic achievements to conference presentations and more.

“The Merit Pages platform is essentially a 21st century version of the hometown newspaper outreach that colleges have used for decades,” says Brian E. Clark, the University’s director of public affairs. “Whether for Dean’s List, graduation or a specific academic achievement that we elect to publicize, the system still targets hometown papers but also gets the news out via social media and to a network of key stakeholders.”

Green Zones Grow on Campus Grounds

January 27, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – To the untrained eye, it doesn’t appear too different from the traditionally landscaped grounds of Roger Williams University, but natural terrain has been sprouting across campus for two years in an effort to implement more environmentally sustainable landscaping practices.

Established as “Green Zones” by the University's Sustainable Grounds Committee – a group of faculty and staff who proposed the idea and identified areas on campus to establish low-maintenance areas – these selected regions are being permitted to grow naturally, subject to Mother Nature’s elements, with only a few grass trimmings now and then. These parts of campus are not watered or fertilized, nor will dead patches be reseeded or replaced with fresh green sod.

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From Shore to Plate: Step-by-Step Guide to Filleting and Sautéeing Scup

December 28, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Anyone who’s landed a scup and brought it home as dinner most likely served it up whole: head, tail and all. That’s because the pint-sized native fish presents a challenge for any culinary artist to fillet, according to Jon Cambra, head chef for Bon Appétit at Roger Williams University.

With the shores off New England teeming for centuries with plentiful scup, the silvery finish has been fished by generations of recreational fishermen dating back to the earliest settlers of this land – Roger Williams, the University’s namesake, wrote in 1643 of how the colonists salted and sun-dried scup, while the Narragansetts smoked the fish.

And with cod disappearing from New England waters, scup has become an “up-and-coming fish,” Cambra says, landing on menus of local restaurants around the state. When available, Cambra chooses scup (or redfish, another plentiful native fish) for familiar dishes like chowder and fish tacos at the RWU Dining Commons, where the head chef strives to purchase local foods as much as possible, including native seafood.

Town of Bristol, University Celebrate Initiatives Supported by Fund for Civic Activities

November 18, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – More than 60 people representing local nonprofits and community organizations gathered today at the Quinta-Gamelin Community Center in Bristol to join Town Administrator Antonio A. Teixeira, Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish and members of the 12-person Town / University Cooperative Committee to celebrate the impact of the Fund for Civic Activities initiative, which has awarded nearly $200,000 in University-provided grant funds to some 130 projects since 2007.

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University Extends Unprecedented Tuition Freeze and Guarantee

November 16, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of unveiling a new core purpose, core values and university goal, Roger Williams University has once again committed to continuing its Affordable Excellence initiative for both its undergraduate and law students as a proactive measure against increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing higher education today.

At the undergraduate level, this means the University’s tuition freeze (which has locked tuition at $29,976 since 2012) and four-year guarantee (which can save students as much as $15,000 by ensuring that tuition will not increase during a student’s time on campus) now extend through the 2016-17 academic year.

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Spoken Word Artist Lemon Andersen

"Can any of us really escape the past?"

This is the question Lemon Andersen asks the audience to consider in his powerful presentation, "Lemon: Breaking in the Door to Have Your Voice Heard."

Lemon Andersen is a performance artist, playwright, brand architect and Tony Award-winning poet who first garnered national attention in 2002, when he appeared in Russell Simmons's "Def Poetry Jam" on Broadway. The show won a Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event and earned Andersen a Drama Desk nomination for his writing. He later appeared in eight episodes of "Def Poetry" on HBO.

Anderson has spent the last decade performing across the country, inspiring his audience to find their voice and let it be heard. He has appeared in four Spike Lee films, including Inside Man opposite Denzel Washington and The Soloist with Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, and he was the subject of the documentary Lemon, about his journey from three-time felon to bold-faced name -- and how leaving one's past behind just isn't that simple.