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Retired Judge Edward C. Clifton Joins RWU Law Faculty

August 26, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Judge Edward C. Clifton has joined the faculty of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he will collaborate with students to conduct research on racial and ethnic fairness in the courts.

Clifton, who retired from the Rhode Island Superior Court in June after more than two decades on the bench, has also served as a judge on the Providence Municipal Court and the Rhode Island District Court. At RWU Law, his title is distinguished jurist in residence.

“Judge Clifton has much to offer our students as well as the entire law school and university community,” said RWU Law Dean Michael J. Yelnosky. “In addition to his sterling reputation as a jurist, he has worked tirelessly to address issues of inequality in the legal profession and in the treatment of litigants by the courts.”

Clifton said he looks forward to the challenging task.

RWU Joins the New American Colleges and Universities Consortium

August 3, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has joined The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a consortium of colleges and universities that purposefully integrate liberal education, professional studies and civic engagement.

“The approach to education at Roger Williams University mirrors that of our members,” said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U. “Their emphasis on blending strong liberal arts programs with well-regarded professional schools while providing experiential education through community service, study abroad and undergraduate research makes Roger Williams an ideal fit for our organization.”

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Architecture Students to Partner in Developing Citywide Arboretum

August 28, 2015

NEWPORT, R.I. – With plans for numerous projects throughout the year – including planting trees and helping to envision urban forest renewal across the city – students and faculty in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP) at Roger Williams University have embarked on a partnership with the Newport Tree Society to develop a citywide arboretum.

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Live@RWU: Quincy Jones Presents the Justin Kauflin Trio

Hailed by the legendary Quincy Jones as a “simply beautiful cat,” 29-year-old Justin Kauflin is an emerging jazz pianist whose critical acclaim continues to rise exponentially. Fresh on the heels of their 2015 album “Dedication,” Kauflin and his trio take the stage at Roger Williams University for an intimate Live@RWU performance.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (401) 254-3384.

Also, one night earlier, come to the Cable Car Cinema in Providence for a special screening of the critically acclaimed 2014 documentary Keep on Keepin' On, which depicts the friendship of Kauflin and the late jazz legend Clark Terry. Complete details available here.

Diocese of Providence Partners with SCS to Integrate STEAM in Catholic Schools

August 17, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In an effort to raise the bar on providing high-quality education throughout its system of Catholic schools, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has partnered with the Professional Education Center at the Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies to create a new professional development program that will help its teachers and administrators integrate STEAM, a curriculum based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics plus the arts.

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“More Than a Few Good Men: American Manhood and Violence Against Women”

Anti-sexist activist Jackson Katz challenges men and women to confront attitudes about American manhood and gender violence and offers solutions from his “bystander approach” to create cultural change to stem violence against women.

Katz’s presentation will be followed by roundtable discussions and a panel featuring:

Peter F. Kilmartin, Rhode Island Attorney General

Lucy Rios, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Ann Burke, Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund

Beth Devonshire, higher education consultant

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For more information, call (401) 254-3042.

New Associate Provost to Lead Student Academic Success, Teaching & Learning Centers

August 12, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has named educator Robert E. Shea, Ph.D., associate provost for the advancement of teaching and learning, a role in which he will lead the creation of a Center for Teaching and Learning, oversee the Center for Student Academic Success and Career Center, and provide support for academic programs that cross academic divisions.

Shea comes to Roger Williams from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., where he has worked since 2011 in the roles of assistant vice president for teaching and learning and director of faculty development. He had oversight for Bryant’s academic center for excellence, writing center, ESL programing, disability services, peer tutoring, undergraduate advising and more.

Shea began his new role on July 15. His appointment concludes a search initiated last winter and conducted by a search committee comprising faculty and administrators, co-chaired by Vice Provost Robert Cole and Assistant Professor of American Studies Laura D’Amore.

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Common Reading: "In the Shadow of the Banyan"

Narrated by a 7-year-old-girl whose life of royal privilege erupts into revolution, In the Shadow of the Banyan – a 2012 novel written by Ratner, who lived through Cambodia’s political uprising as a young girl – explores the Cambodian people’s resilience and perseverance despite forced exodus into labor camps, torture and starvation brought on by the rise of the Khmer Rouge, which killed at least 1.7 million people in the mid 1970s.

Ratner – who was selected as a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award and 2013 Indies Choice Book of the Year for her critically acclaimed debut novel – will visit the University to share her story of enduring forced labor, starvation and near execution under the Khmer Rouge and discuss why she chose to write a fictionalized account of these events rather than a memoir. 

Branding a Jamaica Beyond Just Beaches

July 27, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica – When most folks think of Jamaica, they conjure images of all-inclusive waterfront resorts and palm trees. But with rich history and eclectic culture, how can the 521-year-old Caribbean island nation that gave us reggae and an unlikely Olympic bobsled team elevate its international reputation beyond that of just a tourist destination for white sandy beaches?

That question served as the focus of a conference sponsored by The Re-Imagine Jamaica Project, a nation brand think tank founded by Roger Williams University Assistant Professor of Public Relations Hume Johnson. At the Brand Jamaica Symposium held at the University of the West Indies in July, Jamaicans from across the business, political, media, creative and sports realms identified the most challenging issues shaping the country’s image and what steps must be taken to craft a new, more inclusive portrait of the nation.

Student Engineers from RWU Capture Top Honors in FAA Competition

July 10, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – By developing practical, innovative airport technologies to address real-world challenges facing the aviation industry, two teams of engineering students from Roger Williams University earned top honors in this year’s Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored university design competition.

Four Class of 2015 graduates – Hy Dinh, Emily Field, Andrew Hannigan and Kristen Tetreault – captured first place in the airport environmental interactions category. And two fellow School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management students – Ryland Brickner-McDonald and Mohamad Ghulam – landed first place (tied with a team from Binghamton University) in the airport operations and maintenance category.

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