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University to Lease One Empire Plaza, Double Its Providence Footprint

December 19, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In a move that will nearly double its footprint in downtown Providence and allow more students – law students, adult learners and undergraduates – access to enhanced learning and community engagement opportunities in the capital city, Roger Williams University has agreed to lease 76,566 square feet of space at One Empire Plaza from property owner Berkeley Investments, Inc.

RWU President Donald J. Farish, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Berkeley Investments Vice President Barbara Smith-Bacon joined other city, state and community officials for an event today at One Empire Plaza to announce the University’s expansion in Providence.

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CPC Plan to Transform Abandoned Pawtucket / Central Falls Mill Earns APA-RI Award

December 11, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will award a group of 30 Roger Williams University students (some now recent alumni) and three faculty members for their success in creating a comprehensive redevelopment plan for an abandoned manufacturing property, the former site of The Conant Thread Company and Coats & Clark Mill Complex located on the border of Pawtucket and Central Falls. Through the Community Partnerships Center, business, architecture and historic preservation students worked together with Commerce RI, the Pawtucket Foundation and the two cities to produce a plan aimed at preserving and revitalizing the mill site, an area that has been vacant since 1964.

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Extended Cut: Bringing Math to the People with Professor Robert Jacobson

November 12, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Think you know mathematicians? Spend a day with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Robert Jacobson, who pitches the wallflower stereotype right out the window.

“We just don’t cloister ourselves in our office everyday ‘doing the math,’” he says. “Communication is a huge part of what we do.”

As living proof, the assistant professor of mathematics pioneered the first social math community on Google+. Snicker, you might – but the site has some 800,000 views to date. A social media guru, Jacobson has also spearheaded the website’s largest community for sharing graduate-level mathematics research and beyond.

From high school students to mathematics PhDs, all are welcome to share his interest in the concepts, history and (yes) fun of math, Jacobson says. “It’s an open space for everyone to talk about math.”

Were you always interested in computers?

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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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Turkey Basket Judging

Judging for the Feinstein Center's annual Turkey Basket competition begins promptly at 4 p.m. and snacks will be provided to spread the holiday spirit. The contest helps those less fortunate in our community by providing Bristol/Warren families with complete holiday meals. All baskets will be donated to the East Bay Food Pantry, which has over 2,000 clients and is constantly growing. Prizes will awarded to the baskets based on: Quality, Quantity, & Creativity. All winners will receive a $75 restaurant gift card.

Military and Veteran Support Workshop

The School of Continuing Studies will be hosting a workshop on how to best support military and veteran students in the classroom and across the university. Micaela Black, of the Veterans Administration, and Dr. Jennifer Lambert, who specializes in Behavioral Health for returning veterans, will be co-presenting this workshop. This event is intended for faculty and staff.  

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