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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.

Power Player: LPI Director Named One of State’s 30 Most Powerful Women

December 4, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Picked up a copy of this December’s edition of Rhode Island Monthly? Then you likely noticed an RWU connection. The University’s own Anna Cano Morales – a Central Falls native, longtime leader in social services and policy in Rhode Island, volunteer for causes impacting local communities and director of RWU’s Latino Policy Institute – earned honors as one of the 30 most powerful women in the state.

Tonight, she will be honored in person at a celebration, organized by Rhode Island Monthly to serve as a fundraiser for Day One, a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual abuse and violence. As tonight’s event approaches, Morales shared a few thoughts on what the award means to her.

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50 Thanksgiving Dinners to East Bay Families as RWU Celebrates Annual Tradition

November 19, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University celebrated its 12th Annual Turkey Basket Contest this week, a beloved campus tradition in which students, faculty and staff join together to craft complete turkey dinners in creative baskets to donate to families in the East Bay.

This year, more than 50 Thanksgiving dinners, including sides, desserts and gift cards to purchase turkeys were donated to the East Bay Food Pantry on Tues., Nov. 18. The baskets are judged on creativity, quality and quantity. This year’s contest winners were:

Quality: Division of Finance & Administration

Creativity: American Chemical Society

Quantity: Tutorial Support Services

View the slideshow below for a glimpse at this year’s Turkey Baskets:


For RWU Hawks, NCAA Tournaments & National Championships on the Horizon

November 19, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With four teams – women’s soccer, men’s and women’s rugby, women’s volleyball – competing for national championships and an individual cross country runner participating in a fifth, the fall athletics season at Roger Williams University is already the most successful in the program’s history.

And with more national championship action scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, there is the potential for the list of victories to grow even further.

“The student-athletes and coaches have been working incredibly hard for months, and all of that is paying off by them reaching the ultimate goal – the national championship in their respective sport,” says Dave Kemmy, director of athletics.

Kemmy says that student-athletes across the Athletics program are sharing in this success, noting huge crowds at women’s soccer and rugby competitions this fall.

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Bay Cleanup, By the Numbers

November 12, 2013


BRISTOL, R.I. -- Community Connections may have celebrated a milestone this year, but so did 10-year partner Save The Bay. This year’s shoreline cleanup was the organization’s first as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup – the world’s largest volunteer effort for clean oceans and waterways. As part of the initiative, the trash collected along the Bristol Harbor shoreline on Community Connections day was counted and documented to be compared to other cities, regions, states and countries. Here’s a sampling of what the 41 freshmen students, four site leaders and three Save The Bay representatives collected in just two hours:


1,169              cigarette butts

446                 plastic pieces

292                 food wrappers

Election Day Upshot: Individuals from RWU, RWU Law Earn Key Offices

November 7, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Election Day 2014 was cause for pride at Roger Williams University, which saw five of its own capture (or recapture) key statewide offices and mayoral appointments, along with 10 seats in the Rhode Island General Assembly. Among the more visible election victories:

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Ferguson Forum Shines a Spotlight on Racism in America

November 3, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – The issues of inequality, racism and oppression plaguing portions of America’s black communities were catapulted to national attention late this summer with the death of an unarmed black teenager, sparking months of turmoil between police officers and protesting citizens in Ferguson, Mo. In a recent campus forum in Global Heritage Hall, more than 70 students and faculty members gathered to share their views on these topics and to attempt to make sense of the events in Ferguson.

Craft Fair

Check out the talent of RWU students, staff and faculty members at the annual Craft Fair. In past years, crafters have offered jewelry, food, soaps, warm hats and mittens, and more. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided for all. All money raised from vendors' purchasing of tables will be donated to Toys for Tots. Questions can be directed to the Student Programs and Leadership Office at

Veterans Day Ceremony

Join the Student Veterans Alliance, Military and Veterans Law Association, Cramer's Saber Battalion ROTC cadets and President Donald Farish in honoring our veterans with a ceremony in front of the Administration Building. Please join us in honoring those within our community who have served. The ceremony will include remarks by Dr. Farish, invocation by the Reverend Nancy Soukup, a performance by student group Drastic Measures, and serving as master of ceremonies will be Kevin Hayden, Director of Study Abroad Programs. Guest speaker will be Jennifer Conole, RWU Career Advisor. Conole, an NROTC graduate from Holy Cross, is a US Navy veteran and has subsequently worked as a civilian with the US Coast Guard before joining the University. For more information, contact Scott Yonan at or 401-254-3389.

In the event of inclement weather, the cermeony will be held inisde the Global Heritage Hall Atrium.

CPC Tackles 27 Community Projects this Fall

October 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With the fall semester in full swing, more than 27 new projects are now underway from the Community Partnerships Center (CPC) at Roger Williams University, including a wide scope of new ventures – from potentially expanding the Crompton Library in West Warwick to revising an affordable housing plan in Lincoln. Latino Public Radio, GrowSmart Rhode Island and the Providence Public Library are among the new project partners that have joined the growing list of area nonprofits that have collaborated with RWU faculty and students on a variety of community initiatives that will benefit cities and towns throughout Southeastern New England.