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HousingWorks RI and RWU Expand Partnership

July 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of a synergetic collaboration that began in 2012, Roger Williams University (RWU) has fully integrated HousingWorks RI (HWRI) into its Division of University Outreach and Engagement, as of July 1.

HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University will continue to be housed at the University’s Providence campus at 150 Washington Street. The completed integration creates further synergy between the strategic objectives of RWU and the research, policy and communications work of HWRI. On top of the expanded partnership, Nicole Lagace has been named Director and will lead HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University in furthering its position as the authoritative source of information about housing in Rhode Island.

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RWU Joins Planet Forward University Consortium

July 7, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University is one of 10 universities internationally to join the Planet Forward University Consortium, a newly launched multimedia, digital storytelling collaborative aimed at providing an added voice for those working on sustainability challenges such as food security, water, energy and climate change.

Based at the Center for Innovative Media at George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Planet Forward engages young people, opinion leaders, and innovators in finding solutions for the biggest challenges facing the planet. It provides a forum for experts and engaged citizens to come together to find solutions to shared challenges, specifically in the areas of energy, climate and sustainability.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: 5K Road Race

Join the RWU Cross Country team in the 3nd Annual Homecoming 5K Race! This on-campus race is open to all parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff. Visit to register.

Fourth of July Float Honors American Heroes

July 2, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – They may not have famous names or recognizable faces, but they’re our neighbors, friends and family – and who we turn to when help is needed.

This year’s Roger Williams University float marching in the Bristol Fourth of July Parade is dedicated to “Great American Heroes” – first-responders and members of the military. A collaborative tradition among orientation student staff and facilities staff, planning begins in March, with construction of the 38-foot-long float kicking into high gear by the end of May.

Off the Script: Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers

June 19, 2013

Read anything lately about K-12 and/or higher education reform? Imagine the challenge that today’s education majors (our future teachers) face while learning in the midst of such spirited debate playing out publicly, day in and day out. Kelly Donnell – a faculty member at Roger Williams since 2006 who becomes dean of the School of Education this summer – chats with Don Farish on how best to prepare teacher-leaders for K-12 classrooms in the 21st century.

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From Seaweed to Secret Passageways: Beyond the Pages of RWU Magazine Issue 10

June 24, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Wanted more between the pages of RWU Magazine's spring issue? Us, too! Whether you're enjoying your issue of RWU poolside, lakeside or surfside, here is some extra content to sink your teeth into -- from seaweed recipes to misunderstood zombies. 

And, while you revel in the relaxation of summer break, we'll be hard at work creating the next issue. As always, we want to hear from you, our readers. Let us know how you like the current magazine and send us your story ideas at Happy reading!

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Slideshow: Friends Reunite at Alumni Weekend

June 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Friends and families reunited at the 4th Annual Alumni Weekend over golfing, lobster and a glimpse of the work of faculty and students taking place around Roger Williams University.

Highlights of the weekend, held on campus from June 6 to June 8, included the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic, a casino night and lobster clambake, a Mount Hope Bay tour on the Rum Runner II, the SAAHP Women’s Leadership Network, and much more.

The annual Alumni Association awards ceremony honored the following distinguished alumni:

  • Contessa Brown ’06, ’13M, Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Ashley Gingerella O’Shea ’ 07, Alumni Service Award
  • Peter Kilmartin ’88, ’98L, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award


How to Survive the Zombie Reckoning

June 11, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. – Scoff at the idea of a zombie apocalypse, but if you take the undead out of the situation the story depicts a plausible scenario of civilization’s collapse that could come as a result of a deadly superbug or the much-hyped electromagnetic pulse portended to bring about the end of the industrial world.

Despite all the creative licenses taken in the literary and film genre, there’s a lot that can be gleaned from zombie tales in terms of adaptive resourcefulness and knowing what to expect of society, from neighbors to the government. Even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control offers survival-preparedness education via zombies.

RWU Appoints Dean of Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

June 5, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has appointed accomplished scholar, educator and administrator Susan McTiernan, Ph.D., to lead the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. As dean, she will serve as the school’s academic and administrative leader.

McTiernan comes to Roger Williams from Quinnipiac University, where she served as associate dean and associate professor of management in the School of Business since 2010.

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With ‘The Circle’ as Guide, Campus to Explore Intersection of Technology and Privacy

June 3, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Published in 2013, The Circle – a novel by award-winning writer Dave Eggers that considers the consequences of surrendering personal lives for public exhibition in the digital age – raises questions about privacy and identity, the ethics of powerful corporations and which entities should be allowed to collect our personal data.

With the selection of The Circle as the 2014 Common Reading text at Roger Williams University, the incoming class will have the opportunity to explore those questions (and many more) in depth through a series of conversations and events this summer and across the entirety of the 2014-15 academic year.

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