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Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

Toward a Greater Good: In the Heart of Providence, Celebrating Community-Engaged Projects

October 8, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A month after the public launch of Roger’s Revolution – a bold new initiative to make a significant difference in Rhode Island’s economic future while equipping students with the experiences and skills that today’s employers demand – Roger Williams University gathered with community partners in the heart of the Capital City to celebrate the collaborative work of students and faculty in local communities.

Held at the Providence Public Library – the University’s soon-to-be neighbor, with its expanded campus at One Empire Plaza set for occupancy late next spring – the Community Engagement Celebration illustrated the myriad ways the University is fulfilling its innovative new core purpose – To Strengthen Society through Engaged Teaching and Learning – and singular goal – To Build the University the World Needs Now – to enhance the education of its students and make a meaningful impact in Rhode Island.

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Gabelli School of Business Senior Named Rhode Island Changemaker Fellow

September 14, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – In an effort to support youth entrepreneurship in Rhode Island, Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Founders League have launched the Rhode Island Changemaker Fellowship program and selected Roger Williams University senior Monica Canova as one of 10 fellows for the 2015-16 academic year.

With its official launch held Monday, Sept. 14, at a ceremony co-hosted by Senator Whitehouse at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse Hub in Providence, the Changemaker Fellowship program aims to better integrate local students and recent graduates into the state’s startup ecosystem, open entrepreneurship opportunities to youth populations and strengthen the flow of talent that drives startup success.

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Mario J. Gabelli School of Business Networking Reception

A networking opportunity for business students, with a variety of employers from different fields. Statistics suggest that 80% of jobs are acquired through networking – making connections with people who may be able to assist you in your career. Make those connections now, in the comfort of your university, with the support of your classmates, faculty, deans, and Career Advisors in a relaxed, yet professional networking environment. Bring copies of your resume to share, and come early for the chance to participate in an industry-specific panel discussion. Professional dress is expected.

Accounting Panel: 4:00-5:00 p.m. in GHH G01
Business Panel: 4:00-5:00p.m. GSB 334
Networking Reception: 5:00-6:30 p.m. GHH Atrium

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Commencement 2015: Full Coverage Available Here

May 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Saturday, May 16, the Roger Williams University Class of 2015 students completed the traditional crossing of the Commencement stage to receive their hard-earned degrees. Joining them was honorary degree recipient and keynote speaker, Nathaniel Philbrick, National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author on New England’s early history, from the Mayflower to the Battle of Bunker Hill. University Trustee and President of Samsung Electronics America Tim Baxter ’83 was also awarded an honorary degree.

A day earlier, the Honorable Roderick L. Ireland, the recently retired Massachusetts Supreme Court chief justice who was the first African-American appointed to the state’s centuries-old bench, addressed the RWU Law graduating class in a separate ceremony on the Bristol campus.

Please see the following stories, slideshows and other coverage related to this year’s exercises:

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Graduating to Silicon Valley

May 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With an entrepreneurial drive backed by technical skills that saw him sell his first game at age 15 and launch his first company by the time he turned 20 years old, Willem Delventhal ’15 is sure to have a smooth transition from Roger Williams to Silicon Valley where he’ll continue his career soon after crossing the Commencement stage on May 16.

His résumé already impressive – he’s a business management major with minors in computer science and web development, and launched the new Tech-Es club on campus that has already sold its first app – Delventhal will work for San Francisco-based Lumosity, where he completed a mobile games internship last summer, while continuing to operate his own company on the side.

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GSB Distinguished Leadership Lecture: Comcast CFO Michael Angelakis

Students and faculty are invited to the GSB Distinguished Leadership lecture that will be presented by Michael Angelakis, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chair of Comcast Corporation. A number of regional business leaders and Mario Gabelli will be in attendance. This is an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from a select group of exceptional business leaders. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Please RSVP via e-mail to Vincie Bertolino in the Dean’s Office at

About Michael J. Angelakis

Michael J. Angelakis serves as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer for Comcast Corporation. Michael is responsible for all corporate development, strategic planning, investor relations, internal reporting, external reporting, taxation, and other financial and administrative matters at Comcast Corporation, as well as other oversight responsibilities.

President's Report: Shining a Light on University's Past, Future

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- When most folks think of a searchlight, those immense, unwieldy apparatus that project unmistakable beams of light, often dancing across the nighttime sky. Whether via a traditional carbon arc lamp or powerful Xenon bulbs, searchlights start with a high-intensity source of energy, collected in a parabola-shaped reflector and channeled into a common source -- that powerful beam of light. In many ways, our campus community is a reflective surface in its own right, collecting the energy and lumosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners, returning it to a common source -- Roger Williams University -- and projecting a powerful beam of knowledge, expertise and talent beyond our campus, called upon to solve problems and to serve society. 

RWU Commencement

National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Nathaniel Philbrick – whose scholarship has made New England’s early history, from the Mayflower landing to the Battle of Bunker Hill, accessible to audiences both on the page and onscreen in the upcoming Ron Howard film In the Heart of the Sea – will address the Class of 2015 and receive an honorary degree during Commencement exercises. University Trustee and President of Samsung Electronics America Tim Baxter ’83 will also be awarded an honorary degree.

This event is not open to the public; tickets are required.

University First in Rhode Island to Endorse Campaign to End Homelessness

April 1, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – As the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and volunteers across the state worked in March
to collect signatures of support for the Zero: 2016 campaign to end homelessness among veterans and the chronically homeless, Roger Williams University became the first university in the state to offer an organizational endorsement.

This week, the Coalition announced that it had reached – and in fact exceeded – its goal of 2,016 endorsements in Rhode Island, among a handful of states selected to launch Zero: 2016. The intent is to use the commitments to illustrate the existence of the public and political will to undertake efforts such as increasing the availability of affordable housing to end homelessness in Rhode Island.

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Student Academic Showcase: Keynote Address

The Student Academic Symposium and Honors (SASH) 2015 keynote address will be delivered by Robert Quinn.

An international human rights expert, the executive director of the Scholars at Risk Network will examine the role academic institutions play in protecting threatened and refugee scholars across the globe.

The event is open to the public.