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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.

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.

Make Peace, Find Love and Don’t Settle – With Words of Advice, the Class of 2014 Graduates

May 17, 2014

Bristol, R.I. – The weather may have started wet, but the sun broke through and Commencement celebrations among more than 6,000 graduates and guests were hardly dampened, as the 1,035 members of the Roger Williams University Class of 2014 culminated their college careers on Saturday at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates, RWU President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to two special guests: the Honorable Lincoln D. Chafee, the 74th governor of the State of Rhode Island; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

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Reporting for Duty, RWU’s First Journalism Grads

May 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Whether riding along with a police officer to experience a typical patrol shift or grinding through the monotony of covering town meetings, Samantha D’Orsi ’14 has already executed the customary assignments that most journalism grads will encounter in their first days on the job. But original reporting, complete with producing her own video, while simultaneously performing as the on-camera talent before engaging in robust conversation with her audience via social media – how many rookie reporters fresh out of “J-School” can make that claim?

As one of the first journalism graduates from Roger Williams University, D’Orsi says the innovative training instilled from the new major will give her an edge over other job-seekers, whether they’re newbie grads or veteran newsroom reporters.

The Final Word: Jesse Ramos ’14

May 13, 2014


BRISTOL, R.I. – As the reigning poetry slam emcee whose rhymes are beloved by classmates across campus, it seems only fitting that English and secondary education major Jesse Ramos gets the last word as a student at Commencement. For three years, Ramos – born and raised in Bristol just five minutes from RWU – has captivated the campus community with his verse and enthusiastic presence. After enduring four rounds of auditions to be selected as student commencement speaker, but before he takes the stage on Saturday for one final performance (of sorts), Ramos sat down with PDQ@RWU for a quick Q&A between rehearsals.

Why did you choose to audition for student commencement speaker?

It was a combination of things, I think. I felt like I really had a lot left that I wanted to say to everyone this year. A lot of people I became close to in my class, a lot of professors I had a really deep connection with. So I figured if I had a chance to have all of their attention one last time, I would just want to tell them how much I appreciate them.

A Passionate Advocate for Social Justice

May 12, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – As the last day of classes drew to a close, Willie Borkai ’14 received the call each soon-to-be graduate hopes to get. Offered a position as case worker with the Key Program in Providence – an agency that provides outreach and advocacy for troubled youth – Borkai was thrilled to learn he would launch his professional career with work that’s aligned with his passion for social justice.

“I love working within the community,” said Borkai, a psychology major and anthropology + sociology minor who has interned in the children’s unit and psychology research department at Bradley Hospital in Providence, and has volunteered at both an orphanage and an ex-convict reintegration program while in South Africa studying abroad at the University of Cape Town.

“I’ve learned through education the importance of having positive role models and how positive people can change the social environment,” he added.

Commencement 2014: Full Coverage Available Here

May 17, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – In a time-honored tradition, students at Roger Williams University crossed the Commencement stage and officially became college graduates on Saturday, May 17. Joining the celebration were the 74th Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln D. Chafee, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who each received an honorary degree; Chafee delivered the keynote address. A day earlier, David A. Logan presided over his final Commencement at RWU Law before departing the deanship this summer to return to the faculty this fall. The Honorable Judith S. Kaye, chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals (Ret.), served as keynote speaker.

In the days before and after Commencement, this page will be updated to direct PDQ@RWU readers to stories, slideshows and other coverage related to this year’s exercises. Check back regularly for information updates and new content.

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RWU Commencement

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will address the Class of 2014 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin — writer of "The Bully Pulpit" and "Team of Rivals," among other bestsellers — will also be awarded an honorary degree. This event is not open to the public; tickets are required.