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Homecoming & Family Weekend to Feature Fun, Friends

October 21, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Whether you’re a dedicated Hawk who never leaves campus or an alumnus/a seeking to reconnect with old friends, get ready to turn up your blue and gold at Homecoming and Family Weekend! The celebration that conjures RWU pride in students, alumni, families and faculty/staff alike will take place from October 24 to 26. 

Finding something fun to do this weekend won’t be hard – with a jam-packed schedule of lively events, there’s something for everyone. Get in the Hawk frame of mind by supporting winter sports teams at the Midnight Madness pep rally, or by attending any number of games and matches happening on campus. Alumni can revisit their college sports days by playing in the Alumni Softball Game or registering for the Homecoming 5K Race, which is also open to all students, families, and faculty. Families can get to know the area better with tours of campus and of scenic Bristol, and by noshing on candy apples at Autumn Fest on the Commons Quad. Special musical and comedic performances will also be an option for entertainment.

SAAHP Presentations – Mutual Influence: Pecha Kucha

Presentations by SAAHP Faculty, Staff & Students

SAAHP Exhibition – KPF: Architecture for the Public

November 5 – 25, 2014
9:00 am - 5:00 pm (M-F)

Kohn Pederson Fox, New York

Inset: Jing an Kerry Centre, Shanghai; Image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox

SAAHP Exhibition – Hans Scharoun: Architect and Visionary

An Exhibit including Rarely-Seen Watercolors from the 1940s

On display in the SAAHP Exhibition Gallery from October 1 – 28, Hans Scharoun: Architect and Visionary focuses on the graphic art of Hans Scharoun (1893-1972), known today for architecture of profound humanism and expressionism.

Extending from his earliest preserved drawings from 1908 to graphics for posthumous projects, the exhibit includes rarely-seen visionary and expressionistic watercolor renderings from the 1940s.

Having gained recognition for his house designs at the German Werkbund exhibitions of 1927 and 1929, Scharoun’s practice before WWII focused on residential projects, the most successful of which were the Siemensstadt Housing Estate in Berlin (1930) and the Schminke House at Löbau in Saxony (1932). With Walter Gropius, Hugo Häring, Ernst May and others, he was a member of the modernist architects’ association ‘Der Ring’.

SAAHP Lecture – KPF: Architecture for the Public

Jill Lerner, FAIA & James von Klemperer, FAIA; Principals, Kohn Pedersen Fox, New York

Inset: Jing an Kerry Centre, Shanghai; Image courtesy of Kohn Pedersen Fox

SAAHP Lecture – Work and Research

Miguel Roldan, Principal, Roldan + Berengue, Barcelona; Director, Barcelona Architecture Center

Inset: Association of Economists of Catalonia (AIT award 2014 - first prize in Office/Administration category); Photographer: Jordi Surroca

SAAHP Lecture – The Art of Guastavino Tiling (Arch History, Architecture, Structures)

John Ochsendorf, MacArthur Fellow, Professor of Architecture, MIT, Cambridge Inset: The Elephant House at the Bronx Zoo; Photographer: Michael Freeman

Death, Memory and the Civil War

Associate Professor of Visual Arts Anne Tait will address the memorials that lead up to and became the standard of recognition of the dead in this growing country. As the Civil War closed, enduring memorials needed to be made for the estimated 620,000 who had died. It was General Ulysses Grant who determined that no foreign stone would lie on the graves of his soldiers. This decision ensured that memorials were made only from stone extracted from U.S. quarries, resulting in the growth of the American quarry industry. 

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