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Governor Chafee to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address

April 7, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.  – In celebration of the growing array of projects in which RWU students and faculty are partnering with civic and nonprofit organizations to improve quality of life in the State, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will address the Roger Williams University class of 2014 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17.

“Because so many of our Class of 2014 graduates have participated in project-based learning experiences across Rhode Island’s cities and towns, Governor Chafee’s participation in Commencement will be particularly meaningful,” says RWU President Donald J. Farish. “For me, it is simply an honor and a privilege to invite someone I admire and respect to join us on the Commencement platform to celebrate our students’ crowning achievement – graduation.”

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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.

For Student Investment Fund Managers, National Champions Times Two

April 10, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.  – If these 21 finance students from Roger Williams University were college basketball players instead of student investment fund managers, you might call their success a Cinderella story.

With a 36.17 percent return on the investments managed during calendar year 2013 (and a risk-adjusted “alpha” of 11.86 percent), the student fund managers from the Center for Advanced Financial Education (CAFE) at the University’s Mario J. Gabelli School of Business became national champions not once, but twice, last month – March Madness, indeed!

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Dance Club Spring Show: Kill the Lights

All genres of dance including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and musical theater. Tickets are $7 for general public, $5 for students. Show starts at 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:40 pm.

Commencement Luncheon

Graduating students, families, and friends are cordially invited to attend a post-graduation Jazz Luncheon in the Upper Commons. Reservations are required; seating begins at 12:30 p.m. Graduates are admitted free. To RSVP please click here: Reservation Site Commencement

What's on the menu: New England seafood casserole prepared with scallops, shrimp, lobster, and tautog with garlic-lemon buttered crumb topping; Beef wellington; Statler chicken stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese; Pan fried polenta with heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella; Wild grains and toasted orzo pilaf; Spring vegetable succotash with fiddle head ferns and fava beans; Fingerling potatoes with garlic and ramps; Roast asparagus; Raw bar; Bountiful Salad Bar; Gourmet Dessert Bar; Artisan Breads and Flavored Butters. Separate Children's Buffet, for ages 6 to 12, inclueds: Chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, curly fries, crudite, fresh fruit, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Low Carbon Diet Day

In the years since Bon Appétit Management Company announced our Low Carbon Diet Program in 2007, the connection between food and climate change has become more common knowledge. At the same time, more and more people have become aware that cutting back on animal products through flexitarianism — whether Meatless Mondays or being “vegan before 6” — can be good for their health. Perhaps even more Americans would be happy to forgo beef and dairy once in a while if they knew they were doing something good for the environment … and they didn’t have to give up flavor or their favorite dishes to do so!

Cows (like goats and sheep) are ruminant animals, which thanks to their digestive systems produce a lot of methane — a greenhouse gas that is 20 to 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide. Dishes made with beef or dairy of any kind are thus the highest carbon choices. If all Americans skipped meat and dairy just one day a week and replaced them with vegetable-based proteins, it would be the equivalent of taking 19.2 million cars off the road for one year.

Bon Appétit's Food, Trivia and Pizza Night

Whats your Food IQ? Join us for a challenging night of food themed trivia, hosted by Nicole Tocco, Senior Fellow for the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation. Prizes awarded to the winners and pizza provided for all participants. Space is limited, sign up soon! RSVP to

Lobster-Steak Dinner

The most popular Dining event of the year is here! Like last year, in an effort to reduce long lines, we’ll be taking seating reservations. Dining requests that all students planning on attending the Lobster-Steak dinner choose a seating time: seatings will be at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. We also ask that you complete your meal by quarter-to the following hour to make room for the next seating.

A table will be setup in the Commons from Monday, April 5 through Wednesday, April 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., to take seating reservations. Colored tickets will be issued for the time of your choosing and there will be 500 tickets per seating (tickets should be returned during Lobster-Steak dinner). Seating times will be first come, first serve; for this reason, we ask for larger groups to select your seating times together so you’ll all receive the same colored ticket. With your help Lobster-Steak dinner will be smooth sailing!

A Celebration of Global Cinema

April 1, 2014

Editor's note: This story is part of the 10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.

BRISTOL, R.I. – Would you leave your family behind and risk your life violating the laws of a foreign country to help others in desperate need? In the culminating event of the Roving Eye International Film Festival – held at Roger Williams University from Sunday, April 6, to Sunday, April 13 – this complicated question is explored in a new documentary with Rhode Island ties that tells the story of two Americans who braved death from the Nazi regime to help save Jews and refugees during World War II.

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to Share His Works at RWU on April 15

March 30, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – Upon reading “One Today” for the millions of attendees and viewers at the second Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama in 2013, acclaimed poet Richard Blanco created a movement that inspired the country to think differently about how poetry can create a new understanding of our communities and our selves.

On Tuesday, April 15, members of the public are invited to enjoy an evening of poetry with Blanco as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

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