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Reflections from the Other Side of the World

April 7, 2014

KOCHI, JAPAN – I had never really been to another country before. I technically went to Canada once—to see Niagara Falls—but I’m not totally convinced that counts. This was all before about two months ago when I was offered the opportunity to travel to Japan during the final week of March with Robert Eisinger, dean of Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Kochi University – in the southern city of Kochi, Japan – was running a pilot study abroad program and was looking for students and faculty from several universities to become involved. I was psyched because, as an East Asian studies minor, I had studied and read a lot about the country, but I still had never actually been there. Fourteen hours, two flights and several cups of airplane coffee later that changed and, for the first time, I was on the other side of the world.

Tuesday // March 25, 2014

Governor Chafee to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address

April 7, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.  – In celebration of the growing array of projects in which RWU students and faculty are partnering with civic and nonprofit organizations to improve quality of life in the State, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will address the Roger Williams University class of 2014 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17.

“Because so many of our Class of 2014 graduates have participated in project-based learning experiences across Rhode Island’s cities and towns, Governor Chafee’s participation in Commencement will be particularly meaningful,” says RWU President Donald J. Farish. “For me, it is simply an honor and a privilege to invite someone I admire and respect to join us on the Commencement platform to celebrate our students’ crowning achievement – graduation.”

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RWU Earth Fest 2014

Join the RWU Eco-Reps and Bon Appetit for Earth Fest 2014 to celebrate Earth Day. Festivities include live music from Musicians’ Guild and Drastic Measures, food, crafts and games, preparing seedlings for transplant in public parks in Providence, and an electric car on view. Additionally, there will be petitions available to sign to make RI the first state to ban plastic bags. 

For Student Investment Fund Managers, National Champions Times Two

April 10, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.  – If these 21 finance students from Roger Williams University were college basketball players instead of student investment fund managers, you might call their success a Cinderella story.

With a 36.17 percent return on the investments managed during calendar year 2013 (and a risk-adjusted “alpha” of 11.86 percent), the student fund managers from the Center for Advanced Financial Education (CAFE) at the University’s Mario J. Gabelli School of Business became national champions not once, but twice, last month – March Madness, indeed!

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Emerging Jazz Superstar Aaron Diehl to Play Live at RWU on April 16

March 26, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I.At just 29 years old, Aaron Diehl – a “smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of jazz traditions,” according to the New York Times – has set the music world ablaze with three critically acclaimed records in just five years.

Hot off the heels of his most recent release, The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (2013), Diehl and his trio are set to take the stage on Wednesday, April 16, for an intimate performance that will appeal to lifelong jazz enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Part of the emerging Live at RWU series at Roger Williams University – which hosted jazz legend Freddy Cole and virtuoso saxophonist Harry Allen last November – the free, open-to-the-public concert is offered in association with the Newport Jazz Festival.

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National Poetry Month at RWU: Kim Baker

The RWU Women's Center invites you to join us for a celebration of poetry with activist, poet, feminist, and scholar, Kim Baker, writing specialist for the RWU School of Law. She will share highlights from her recent publication, "Under the Influence: Musings on Poems and Paintings," as well as the inspiration of poetry in storytelling and personal exploration. Incorporating hip-hop and public art culture, Baker reveals the power and influence of poetry as a catalyst for social justice and global change. 

HR on the Go

The Human Resources Department is pleased to meet with any faculty and staff who may have benefits, current policies, or other employment-related questions.

MSU Diversity Week Program: Celebration in Progress

Set up like a Ted Talks program, we will have professors speaking and reflecting on how they have seen diversity progress in a variety of areas, including but not limited to campus, academic research, and field of study. The goal of this event is to view diversity as a growing concept and focus in on how many different areas are embracing it. There will be refreshments.

Creating a Campus-Wide Social Justice Movement

March 11, 2014

Editor's note: This story is part of the 10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.

BRISTOL, R.I. – What started with a weeklong series of events and activities inspiring social awareness and activism at last fall’s Social Justice Week is now reaching across campus to include more than 30 student groups, academic and administrative departments to work together on a movement creating social change and equity for all members of Roger Williams University. From courses such as Writing for Social Change to events like Leadership Unity Day, individual campus groups have already been encouraging more diversity, tolerance and cultural sensitivity – but this semester, an initiative was launched to establish a campus-wide culture of social activism and inclusion.

Urban Education Conference: "Wei Ji: Roger Talks Urban Ed"

The School of Education presents its Third Annual Urban Education Conference — "Wei Ji: Roger Talks Urban Ed." Are urban schools in jeopardy? Have city schools arrived at a moment of crisis? Or, are we at a pivotal time in history, a time of great opportunity and promise for the renewal and rejuvenation of urban schools? These questions will frame the TED TALK-formatted conference. Please join us to hear educators and students share their experiences and perspectives on important issues facing urban schools.

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