BRISTOL, R.I., Dec. 6, 2016 – Roger Williams University on Tuesday launched a First Amendment blog, providing a timely new venue for debating, discussing and defending the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.
The blog – http://rwu.edu/about/blogs/first-amendment-blog – draws its inspiration from Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, who advocated for separation of church and state – a concept that’s now a cornerstone of American democracy.
The blog will draw on the expertise of the faculty, staff and students at RWU, which contains the state’s only law school, a journalism program and experts on a range of First Amendment issues. It will draw on topics that are as old as the nation, and it will draw on events as current as today’s headlines, such as U.S. Supreme Court rulings on flag burning.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University students fanned out across Rhode Island on Election Day, conducting an exit poll on the presidential race and gauging the top issues on voters’ minds.
The survey did not constitute a representative sample of the Rhode Island population. But the 39 students talked to 666 voters everywhere from the Pell elementary school in Newport to Temple Beth-El in Providence to the Graniteville elementary school in Johnston.
In the presidential race, 74 percent of those surveyed said they voted for Hillary Clinton, 17 percent for Donald Trump, 3 percent for Gary Johnson and 2 percent for Jill Stein. That contrasts with the actual statewide results, which gave Clinton 54 percent, Trump 40 percent, Johnson 3 percent and Stein 2 percent, according to the state Board of Elections.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has received a $500,000 gift from Hassenfeld Family Initiatives LLC to establish the Hassenfeld Projects -- an intensive, three-year initiative to expand and enhance its innovative work in experiential education.
The grant builds on RWU’s growing cadre of experiential programs that prepare students to meet the demands of today’s employers while building skill sets in areas such as economic development, sustainability and social justice.
BRISTOL, R.I. – With Roger Williams University’s marine scientist Koty Sharp at the helm, 20 leading coral reef scientists from around the United States met at RWU last week to explore ways research on non-tropical corals in New England waters can lead to solutions for tropical coral reef health across the globe.
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Two marine science experts from Roger Williams University joined 2,500 scientists, policy makers and environmental managers from 70 nations this week to share the latest research and devise strategies for conserving and protecting coral reefs around the world at the 13th Annual International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Less than two years after RWU graduated its first crop of journalists in 2014, one of them has already made his mark in Rhode Island’s journalism field. Alexander Castro ’14 recently captured first place in arts criticism at the Rhode Island Press Association’s annual awards for print media, from newspapers to magazines, around the state.
With a piece titled, “Documentation with dignity” – which appeared in the Oct. 13, 2015 edition of Newport Mercury – Castro examined Virginia-based photographer Susan Mullally’s portrait series of low-income and homeless individuals holding their most meaningful possessions.
BRISTOL, R.I. – In what has become an annual tradition to celebrate the professional and personal achievements of its alumni, Roger Williams University recognized three graduates whose contributions to society and the University community advance the common good and inspire others to address society’s challenges with insight and creativity.
Coventry, R.I. – For their media relations course this spring with Assistant Professor Hume Johnson, the students – Alissa McGeehan, Anderson James and Michelle Ryder – did not lead mock press events or create strategic plans for pretend crisis scenarios, but instead served a real client by partnering with the City of Coventry to launch a rebranding campaign for the town.
Through the Community Partnerships Center, town leaders of the “Celebrate Coventry!” committee began collaborating with the students in January. After conducting research, touring the Town and meeting with local community members, the students created a strategic media plan with ideas on how the town could promote tourism and community involvement by planning new events, increasing the committee’s use of social media and securing positive media coverage on the Town’s cultural history and thriving businesses.
PROVIDENCE, RI., — The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. As part of the celebration, the Red Cross has partnered with Roger Williams University to create the signature piece of the Centennial celebration.
Led by RWU Faculty Member John Farmer, graphic design students from the University created the “Century of Service” Traveling Exhibit as part of a Community Partnerships Center project. To build the exhibit – which includes 12 large poster panels – RWU students met with leaders from the American Red Cross Rhode Island chapter to research its history and identify historical objects, articles and photos that formed the exhibit’s historical timeline which depicts significant milestones and achievements of the organization over the last century. Some milestones featured include the USS Bennington disaster, the Hurricanes of 1938 and 1944 and the Red Cross Water Safety Program which started with native Rhode Islander Commodore W.E. Longfellow.
BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition has earned the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program Certificate of Excellence Award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
One of only two universities in the nation to capture this year’s award, RWU’s writing studies program received this national distinction for programming that imaginatively addresses the needs and opportunities of students and instructors, and offers exemplary ongoing professional development for faculty members. The other recipient is Oakland University’s major in writing and rhetoric program.