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On Explorers and Surprises: Nathaniel Philbrick's Commencement Address

May 16, 2015

Thank you, President Farish, distinguished trustees, faculty, students, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends. What a pleasure and an honor it is to be here today. Here at the southern tip of the Mount Hope peninsula, we are at a place that I have always regarded as a kind of sacred wormhole into the past. So much has happened on this point of land and its surrounding waters—from the first interactions between native and European peoples to the first paroxysms of the American Revolution to the design and building of some of the most beautiful sailing vessels the world has ever known. And now all of you, the graduating class of Roger Williams University, are about to create your own kind of history.

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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.

‘The House that Generosity Built’

May 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Just a few yards upshore of Mount Hope Bay, tucked away under a canopy of maple trees on the Roger Williams University campus, sits an unassuming and weathered storage shed flanked by a port-a-john and an empty boat rack. For decades it has served as headquarters to some of college sailing’s emerging stars – including national champions and Olympians – a small, but proud, symbol of the Hawks’ outsized talent and tenacity despite lacking the kind of facilities that typically accompany a nationally ranked college sailing program.

RWU Celebrates 8th Annual 5th Grade Day

May 7, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – The library, wet lab and “the dorm with the Dunkin Donuts” were among the most memorable parts of campus for 5th grade students Ainsley and Arielle, who toured RWU on Tuesday as part of 5th Grade Day. The annual event brings more than 300 fifth graders to campus from the Bristol/Warren School District and Our Lady of Mount Carmel School to show the students a day in the life of an RWU student.

Now in its eighth year, 5th Grade Day 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.

Pie Carol S.

Anyone who makes a donation to support Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life fundraiser can “pie” Carol Sacchetti, director of Student Programs & Leadership.

To Honor Memories, Support Survivors & Inspire Action – Relay for Life at RWU

April 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – For anyone on the Roger Williams campus with even a fleeting interest in the clubs, activities, events and organizations that comprise the University’s thriving student life scene, Carol Sacchetti – fearless leader of the Department of Student Programs & Leadership – is a familiar face.

And at least for a few folks, the temptation to throw a pie in that familiar face creeps to the surface from time to time. Thankfully, there’s an outlet for that urge – starting at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 1) on the quad, anyone who makes a donation to support Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life fundraiser can “pie” Sacchetti in person.

“Come pie me on Friday,” Sacchetti encourages, cheerfully. “Even the President pied me last year. Tony Montefusco from Housing pied me five times.”

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Roger After Dark: Live Music by The Teter Todders

Come join RAD with the baddest band on the playground, The Teter Todders, as they play live music in GHH at 10 p.m. on Friday April 24. There will also be Carnival foods and make your own sandy candy. Come relax and listen to live music with RAD!

GSB Distinguished Leadership Lecture: Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis

Students and faculty are invited to the GSB Distinguished Leadership lecture that will be presented by Michael Angelakis, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chair of Comcast Corporation. A number of regional business leaders and Mario Gabelli will be in attendance. This is an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from a select group of exceptional business leaders. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Please RSVP via e-mail to Vincie Bertolino in the Dean’s Office at

About Michael J. Angelakis

Michael J. Angelakis serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Corporation. Michael is responsible for all corporate development, strategic planning, investor relations, internal reporting, external reporting, taxation, and other financial and administrative matters at Comcast Corporation, as well as other oversight responsibilities.

President's Report: Shining a Light on University's Past, Future

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- When most folks think of a searchlight, those immense, unwieldy apparatus that project unmistakable beams of light, often dancing across the nighttime sky. Whether via a traditional carbon arc lamp or powerful Xenon bulbs, searchlights start with a high-intensity source of energy, collected in a parabola-shaped reflector and channeled into a common source -- that powerful beam of light. In many ways, our campus community is a reflective surface in its own right, collecting the energy and lumosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners, returning it to a common source -- Roger Williams University -- and projecting a powerful beam of knowledge, expertise and talent beyond our campus, called upon to solve problems and to serve society. 

RWU to Host 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship in July

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Just in time to celebrate the grand opening of the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center in July, a bevy of young sailors will descend on Roger Williams University to test the waters – and their sailing skills – for the 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, a signature US Sailing regatta.

The illustrious competition, featuring more than 100 of the country’s top junior sailors (ages 13 to 19), will take place on Mount Hope Bay from July 6 to 10. In addition to the races, which will be officiated by nationally certified race officers and judges, the sailors also will receive training from US Sailing’s coaches.

“Mount Hope Bay is a great place to sail,” says RWU Sailing Coach Amanda Callahan. “We have a pretty reliable sea breeze that comes in during summer, and this will be a great venue for these elite sailors to compete.”

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