BRISTOL, R.I. – For more than two months, they campaigned for students’ votes and held competitive fundraisers to raise money for pediatric healthcare research, all while gearing up for the contest finale – a Miss America-style pageant in which male students compete to be crowned Mr. RWU.
One of Roger Williams University’s signature annual events, the Mr. RWU pageant held on November 23 raised $16,821 to support pediatric care, research and education at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. Since 2008, the pageant has raised more than $60,000 for the hospital.
“This fundraiser has become a University tradition,” said event founder Carol Sacchetti, director of Student Programs and Leadership at RWU. “When new students come to Orientation, they learn about this awesome opportunity to support the state’s only children’s hospital, which is practically on their doorstep. The response has been phenomenal from our students, faculty and staff.”
BRISTOL, R.I. – Imagine facing this choice: abandon your family and flee for your life into the New England winter wilderness with nothing more than a compass and a bit of corn paste, or surrender to captors who will bore a hole through your tongue, cut off your ears and starve you to death in a medieval jail cell. Twice in his lifetime, Roger Williams evaded oppressors bent on silencing his outspoken advocacy for religious toleration and individual freedoms.
In 1635, his native England hunted him down for contradicting the Crown, but Roger escaped with his family across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. However, the deeply religious minister found no shelter among the Massachusetts Puritans who prohibited Roger from expressing his belief that government has no right to compel a person to worship in any manner – that the individual must choose whether (and how) to worship at all.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Amidst the crunch of end-of-semester projects and preparing for finals, students, faculty and staff took a moment Wednesday evening to celebrate the holiday season with music and a light show.
White lights draped the trees and old-fashioned lamps on D’Angelo Common to greet the RWU community for the 11th annual Winter Illumination. A festive array of treats was on offer – a gingerbread cookie decorating station, hot cider and cocoa, as well as fresh-popped kettle corn – as friends gathered on the common to enjoy holiday music performed by student a capella groups Hawkward and Drastic Measures.
True to tradition, the spirit of the giving season was honored as Student Senate representatives Caitlin Averill and Max Bedrosian presented a check for $315 to the Women’s Resource Center of Bristol & Newport Counties. Criminal justice major Susan Alexander, who also serves as the Center’s court and shelter advocate, was on hand to accept the check on the organization’s behalf.
The Roger Williams University Student Senate & Office of the President present the 11th Annual Winter Illumination on the D’Angelo Common (by the statue of Roger). Come enjoy free cocoa, hot cider and kettle corn and the gingerbread man/woman decorating station beginning at 4:30 PM. The ceremony will commence at 4:50 PM and will include a few words from President Farish. Funds raised by the Student Senate are being donated to the Women's Resource Center of Bristol & Newport Counties. We will present them a check at this time. President Farish will lead the countdown for the Illumination promptly at 5 PM. Music provided by Drastic Measures, Hawkward and the RWU Student Chorus. Please join us!
Editor's note: This story is part of the10 on Tuesday series, which provides a fresh take on interesting university initiatives, research projects, campus happenings and more.
BRISTOL, R.I. – At its core, the meaning of “innovation” isn’t particularly complicated. While 100 people may define it 100 different ways, innovation is essentially about actually solving a problem in the real world.
“You have to separate it from invention,” said Saul Kaplan, founder of the Business Innovation Factory and former executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business Leadership Institute Distinguished Leaders Series lecture on Nov. 13. “You can invent whatever technology you want, but if we can’t figure out how it translates to the real world to solve an actual problem and build a business model around it, it’s nothing but an interesting invention.”
BRISTOL, R.I. -- In just over six months, the 70th anniversary of D-Day -- largely recognized as the beginning of the end of World War II -- will be recognized in countries around the world. Much of what Americans know about the U.S. involvement in WW-II, both in the European and Pacific Theaters, comes from the "official" history -- the records of military officers and government officials that was approved for publication in history textbooks across the country. What has been lost, however, is the on-the-ground accounts of enlisted men and women who saw the war from a much different perspective. Recent initiatives, including legislation to fund the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., have increased efforts to collect these oral histories in an attempt to create a more complete picture of a critical period of world history.
BRISTOL, R.I. – In what has become a beloved campus tradition, the annual Turkey Basket Contest combines the best of the RWU community – camaraderie, generous spirit and fun, all for a wonderful cause!
BRISTOL, R.I. -- From exploding stars to floating gelatinous orbs to rediscovering history, the latest issue of RWU Magazine is bursting with stories that bring readers to the heart of the action at Roger Williams University -- all from the comfort of your own home. Careful readers may notice some changes to our pages (as well as a handful of additional pages we snuck in).
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Join the Student Veterans Alliance, ROTC and President Donald Farish in honoring our veterans with a ceremony in front of the Administration Building on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. Please join us in honoring those who serve — "Past, Present & Future."
The ceremony will include remarks by RWU President Donald Farish, a color guard presented by the RWU Student Veterans Alliance and the RWU ROTC, and a performance by student group Drastic Measures.
Guest speakers — students, alumni, veterans and current service members — include:
Bryan Smith, a junior architecture major and retired Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry, who has deployed to Iraq and Japan, and conducted bilateral training in Thailand, Philippines and Australia.
Juan Ocampo, a second-year architecture graduate student and retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, who served 12 years in the Army.
The Mario J. Gabelli School of Business presents Saul Kaplan, founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory, in the Leadership Institute Guest Lecture Series. Kaplan will deliver a lecture titled "Leadership and Innovation." A book signing will immediately follow his presentation.
The Business Innovation Factory (BIF) is a real-world laboratory for exploring and testing new business models and social systems. BIF has attracted a global community of more than 5,000 innovators and organizes the internationally renowned BIF Collaborative Innovation Summit.
An expert in collaborative innovation, Mr. Kaplan will share his insights on the requirements for successful leadership as well as how to create and sustain innovation. Mr. Kaplan’s ideas are detailed in his book, “The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant When the World is Changing.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase following the presentation.