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RWU Faculty Member Andrew Rhyne Creates New Tool to Track Fish Species in Aquarium Trade

June 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Have you ever wondered where the tropical fish sold in pet stores come from?

Andrew L. Rhyne, assistant professor of marine biology in the Feinstein School of Arts and Sciences and research scientist at the New England Aquarium, has created a new online tool that now tracks the tropical fish imported into the U.S. including how many and from what countries.

Rhyne worked with Michael Tlusty, director of research at the New England Aquarium, in creating the interactive online data tool, Aquariumtradedata.org, to better understand the diversity and magnitude of the marine aquarium trade.

Together and with collaborations with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Coral Reef Conservation Program and the U.S. Wildlife Service, Rhyne and Tlusty gathered 2.7 million shipment records to identify the more than 2,250 marine fish species and 725 invertebrates such as live corals that have been imported into the U.S.

RWU's Fourth of July Parade Float Bridges the Coasts

June 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Take a stroll along the south side of campus near Maple Hall this week and you won’t miss the dozens of hardworking orientation advisors armored in sunscreen and powered by excitement as they hammer, paint and anchor the final pieces in place on the annual RWU Fourth of July Parade Float.

For almost 20 years, Roger Williams University students have created a parade float that marches in the historic Bristol Fourth of July Parade that draws hundreds of thousands of families and community members each year. The float, featuring the theme “From Sea to Shining Sea,” will encompass a multitude of American icons and landmarks depicting the country’s beauty from coast to coast.

A long-standing campus tradition led by the orientation advisors, the parade float planning begins in March with brainstorm sessions and group discussions on potential themes, visuals and props. Construction of the float started in June and was led between orientation sessions by 40 orientation advisors that rotated shifts each day.

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 Mixed-Status Latino Families, Family-Based Strengths Counter Major Challenges

June 22, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Facing poverty and discrimination to a scarcity of jobs, food and childcare assistance, mixed-immigration-status Latino families in Rhode Island encounter major challenges – yet in the face of that adversity, they build strong family relationships, hold high educational expectations and benefit from bilingual communication skills of children in those households.

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University Awards $12,800 in Grants to Community Organizations in Bristol

June 12, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year “memorandum of understanding” accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee has awarded $12,800 in grant funds to seven local nonprofits and organizations.

The awards conclude the 13th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $182,901 to support nearly 120 projects and initiatives.

Selections are made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, which comprises individuals from both the Town and the University. The complete list of awards for this grant cycle includes:

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Paying it Forward: Town of Bristol and CPC Leaders Offer Best Practices on Community Projects in College Towns

June 2, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a result of nearly a dozen joint community projects accomplished to date, leaders from the Town of Bristol, R.I., and the Roger Williams University Community Partnerships Center joined forces in Washington on Monday, June 1, to share best practices on cooperative town/university projects with attendees at the International Town and Gown Association Annual Conference.

Hundreds of participants – from elected officials and city planners to university administrators, student affairs professionals and college students – convened at George Washington University to learn how to create innovative university/community partnerships and strengthen town/gown relationships in college towns.

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‘The House that Generosity Built’

May 18, 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.

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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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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.