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Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

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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SASH: Community Engagement Celebration

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Student Academic Showcase and Honors

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Click here to read the full program schedule. The Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and Alpha Chi, in consultation with the SASH Steering Committee, are the primary sponsors of the week-long event. Open to the public.

Student Academic Showcase and Honors

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Click here to read the full program schedule. The Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and Alpha Chi, in consultation with the SASH Steering Committee, are the primary sponsors of the week-long event. Open to the public.

Student Academic Showcase and Honors

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Click here to read the full program schedule. The Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and Alpha Chi, in consultation with the SASH Steering Committee, are the primary sponsors of the week-long event. Open to the public.

Student Academic Showcase and Honors

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) provides a forum for students to present their scholarly and creative work before an audience of peers. There are standing displays all week, as well as morning sessions consisting of students’ poster presentations; and afternoon and evening sessions consisting of concurrent sessions that include students’ thesis, capstone and other paper or project presentations, panel discussions, displays of design work, exhibitions of visual and multimedia artifacts, performing arts recitals, literary readings, theatrical performances, and spotlighting of Community Partnership Center projects.

The keynote speaker, Paul Loeb, will present a lecture on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. in the GHH Atrium.

Click here to read the full program schedule. The Honors Program, the Office of the Provost, and Alpha Chi, in consultation with the SASH Steering Committee, are the primary sponsors of the week-long event. Open to the public.

Student Experts Share Tax Tips Everyone Should Know

March 18, 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. – Why suffer through figuring out what information to enter to maximize your tax return – or whether a critical piece of financial history was overlooked – when there are experts available to navigate the complexities of tax season?

Roger Williams University accounting and law students are here to help ease the burden for low-income Rhode Islanders at IRS-sponsored sites throughout the state  via the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. Fully trained, the 58 student volunteers for this tax season were certified through the IRS as tax preparers prior to applying their new expertise. Some law students are even trained in advanced tax preparation and military tax preparation.

(For information on who qualifies for assistance through a Rhode Island VITA program, as well as where help can be found, visit www.provvita.org/.)

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.

Acclaimed Journalist and Filmmaker David Wilson to Explore Race in America

March 4, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – In April 2008, journalist and filmmaker David Wilson reignited a national dialog on today’s race issues by releasing a groundbreaking documentary film, “Meeting David Wilson.” The film followed his journey to North Carolina where he not only discovered the plantation where his relatives were enslaved, but also a descendent of the slave master: a 62-year-old white man also named David Wilson.

On Tuesday, April 1, members of the public are invited to spend an evening with Wilson, learn more about his transformative journey and discuss America’s racial divide as part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

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President's Distinguished Speakers Series: Poet Richard Blanco

richard blancoA prolific writer, Richard Blanco’s poetry explores the intersections of his identity as a Cuban-American and openly gay poet and engineer whose journey has taken him from the shores of Miami to the foothills of rural Maine to the White House, where he became the youngest and the first Latino, immigrant and gay writer in U.S. history to serve as the inaugural poet at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. His poem, “One Today,” was written specifically for the occasion and reflects Blanco’s understanding of what it means to be an American and together.