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Making the Most of Your Research: Advice from Historical Authors

November 25, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – A term that evokes images of long hours spent in the library poring over stacks of textbooks, “research” was branded with a new reputation as “exciting” by two steadfast history buffs in “From the Stacks to the Pages: How Research Tells the Stories from History,” the semester’s final lecture in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center’s Talking in the Library Series. True to their passions, historical writers Taylor Polites and Jeffrey Meriwether – associate professor of history and Revolutionary War re-enactor – conjured the many roads down which their research has taken them in a lively discussion complete with a bag of props: Royal Navy caps, an HMS Ocean ribbon, and the uniform of a master corporal in the French infantry.

Slideshow: The Wind Detectives at Work at Tweed Airport

November 12, 2013

EAST HAVEN, C.T. – Hunkered down alongside the runway at Tweed New Haven Regional Airport in April, enveloped by the droning whirr of propeller planes and scream of corporate jet engines, a team of engineering students tinkered with final adjustments for the first test of their invention: a wind shear detection device that would warn small-aircraft pilots of a dangerous change in the wind.

A radical shift in wind velocity or direction, wind shear can cause costly accidents and fatal crash landings. And for general aviation airports like Tweed, and the small-aircraft pilots that fly out of them, there was no solution for detecting this under-the-radar meteorological hazard. Until, that is, Roger Williams’ student engineers identified that as a serious aviation problem and arrived at an idea to make safer landings.

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RWU Community Invited to Honor the Lives of Transgender People

November 18, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Student organization Sexuality Advocacy for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) is hosting a week of celebration aimed at honoring the transgender lives that have been lost to violence and suicide and educating the campus community on issues in this vulnerable, marginalized population. To acquaint the campus community with the diversity of gender identities, S.A.F.E. has expanded this year’s program to include a weeklong series of events culminating with a special event on Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Nov. 20.

For those unfamiliar with the term “transgender,” S.A.F.E.’s events will explore trans identities and how to engage respectfully with people identifying as transgender, according to American Studies Professor Laura D’Amore, a coordinator of this year’s programming.

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.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: "TransJourney" Screening and Discussion with Director

"TransJourney" premiered this August at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and is now making its way around the film festival circuit. The documentary tells a story about the close-knit relations between two transgender women and a mother of one of the transgender women. In the film, we see these women's yearnings and struggles as a reflection of the way we all perceive identity, family, and belonging. There will be a screening of this 39-minute film, followed by a Q&A with one of the film's co-directors, Alexia Kosmider. Merit point event!

Audio Slideshow: Third Annual GospelFest Electrifies Sold-Out Crowd

November 12, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Even a wintry mix of snow and rain couldn’t keep gospel-music enthusiasts from packing the Global Heritage Hall Atrium on Sunday for the third annual GospelFest.

Growing in reputation each year as an inspiring concert of traditional and contemporary spirituals, more than 200 guests sold out the show from center-stage seats to standing-room-only looking down from the second and third-floor balconies. It took only a few rousing renditions before all of the spectators were on their feet, clapping and swaying to the soulful songs.

Slideshow: Cartoon Satire with Artist Joseph Hurley ’15

November 12, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. – Senior visual arts major Joseph Hurley embraces a rudimentary style to evoke “a wild feeling” of vitality in his animations.

As writer, creator and voice actor, he imbues characters with cartoony expressions and exaggerated movements, and places them in unusual predicaments with a simple artistic intention.

“I hope to make people laugh while maintaining a sort of mystery of what will happen next,” Hurley says.

Try not to crack a smile as a vicious daisy discovers its fleeting terra firma dominance ends when picked for a romantic tribute, as pictured above in Aggressive Flower.

View the slideshow below of stills from many of Hurley’s works, and then find lots more at

Joseph Hurley ’15 and “Aggressive Flower” were featured in the Fall 2014 issue of RWU Magazine – read the complete magazine here.

Novelist Examines the Private Life of a Public Figure with Abraham Lincoln

November 7, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – A scene in a children’s novel describing President Abraham Lincoln taking off his shoes and exclaiming to his wife Mary about having “to let the dogs breathe” first captured Adam Braver’s imagination as a young boy – and stayed with him later in life as he ventured into a writing career. Braver, a professor of creative writing and the University Library’s writer-in-residence, recalls how Barbara Cary’s 1965 Meet Abraham Lincoln awakened a curious concept in him – one that he decided to explore in novels:  thinking about legendary public figures in human terms.

Slideshow: Untraditional Jazz Tunes Take Center Stage for Fall Live@RWU Concert Series

November 7, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With far-reaching repertoires that included jazz standards, blues and a hint of gospel, two renowned jazz acts performed for sold-out crowds at Global Heritage Hall in the Live@RWU Fall 2014 Concert Series. Neo-bop jazz pianist/vocalist Johnny O’Neal and post-bop jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke took the stage by storm, putting funky and symphonic spins on original and beloved jazz compositions.

View photos from both performances in the concert series, which launched last year with music from jazz luminary Freddy Cole and rising star Aaron Diehl.

Student with the Crown and a Cause: Q&A with Miss Rhode Island USA 2015

November 5, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Representing the Ocean State in next year’s Miss USA pageant will be RWU’s own Anea Garcia, Miss Rhode Island USA 2015. Recognized for her poise and elegance with the Miss Rhode Island title, this champion for the disadvantaged isn’t afraid to get fierce when kicking it to poverty and inequality – or championing her cause on the beauty pageant stage.

Called to action by the plight of women and children living in poverty, Garcia volunteers at Providence’s McAuley House, where families and individuals are dished up hot meals and support services, and Crossroads Rhode Island, a Providence nonprofit that provides housing and employment assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals. She plans to expand her outreach to volunteer at local domestic abuse shelters.

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