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RWU to Lead Effort to Create Environmental Impact Against Climate Change

March 21, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Building on sustained efforts to combat human-induced climate change and create measurable environmental impact via reforestation projects across Rhode Island, Roger Williams University today announced a multi-year initiative to launch a student-led Conservation Corps that would initially serve Rhode Island and the region. The new initiative will unite leaders from federal, state, municipal and academic sectors to develop and implement forestry-related programs that, over time, will measurably improve the local environment and ultimately drive climate change policy and legislative action.

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Fun, Functional Fabric: SAAHP Students Sweep Competition in Fabric Structures Challenge

October 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – From a marine-inspired performing arts stage at Fort Adams in Newport to an urban tree canopy garden on the Charles River in Boston to large, whimsical tents for outdoor events on the Roger Williams University quad, a trio of unique fabric-based structures designed by graduate architecture students propelled them to a sweep of the top three spots in an international student design challenge.

When the Industrial Fabrics Association International announced the winners of its 2015 Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge last week at the IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., RWU’s Nicholas Musilli landed first place for his individual entry, “Sail Stage,” Kyle Baron and Catherine Smeykal took second place for “Urban Canopy Garden,” and Dominic Skrajewski and Leslie Hulbert earned third place for “(Con) Temporary.”

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10th Annual Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic

One of the most beloved traditions of Alumni Weekend, the Ray Cordeiro Alumni Golf Classic brings alumni together from across the country. The event includes a round of golf at Montaup Country Club, boxed lunch and a steak and lobster dinner.

Register here for the event: http://alumni.rwu.edu/alumni/events/alumni-weekend/annual-ray-cordeiro-alumni-golf-classic/.

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Alumni Weekend

From catching up with old friends to making new ones, Alumni Weekend promises fun-filled days of events. Bring the family for a walking tour of downtown Bristol led by historic preservation experts, field day festivities and much more. Accommodations are available.

Read the full schedule of events here: http://alumni.rwu.edu/events/alumni-weekend/schedule-events/.

Passion, Potential and the Power of 'Yes' – The Class of 2016 Graduates

May 14, 2016

Bristol, R.I. – Under sunny skies and the anticipation of new beginnings, 837 undergraduates in the Class of 2016 joined more than 200 adult learners on Saturday, May 14 to culminate their college careers at the University’s annual Commencement exercises.

In addition to awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the candidates in front of a crowd of some 7,000 graduates and attendees, University President Donald J. Farish conferred honorary doctorates to three innovators and local icons whose work over the past three decades has proved critical to the revitalization of Providence from a tired mill town to a vibrant city: WaterFire Providence creator Barnaby Evans; AS220 Artistic Director Umberto ‘Bert’ Crenca; and architect and planner William Warner (awarded posthumously to his wife, Margaret).

They were selected, Farish said, to commemorate the University’s increased footprint in the capital city and impending move to the One Empire Plaza campus, which will extend the reach of a Roger Williams education to a whole new generation of students (many of them working adults).

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Student Research Shines at SASH [Video]

April 25, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Nearly 650 students turned out over two days to present their research at the 2016 Student Academic Showcase and Honors (SASH) at Roger Williams University. Topics ranged from Intelligent Ground Vehicles -- designing an autonomous robot that navigates an obstacle course -- to Haitian Refugees and even the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Bed-In. A weeklong exhibit of student work bookended the two-day SASH programming, including a keynote speech, "Face Values: The Illusions of First Impressions," by Princeton University Professor of Psychology Alexander Todorov

Video by: Justin Wilder 

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SASH Keynote Address: "Face Values: The Illusions of First Impressions"

In the SASH keynote address, Dr. Alexander Todorov, Professor of Psychology at Princeton University, will deliver a lecture titled, "Face Values: The Illusions of First Impressions."

Award-Winning Creator of WaterFire Barnaby Evans to Deliver Commencement Address

April 7, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Award-winning multimedia artist Barnaby Evans – whose stunning, immersive sculpture WaterFire has been recognized as an important contribution to the cultural renaissance of downtown Providence and has been re-created in cities around the world – will address the Roger Williams University Class of 2016 and receive an honorary doctorate at the University’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on theUniversity’s main athletic field on the Bristol Campus at One Old Ferry Road.

The University will also award an honorary doctorate to Umberto Crenca, founding artistic director of AS220, the vibrantnonprofit community arts center based in Providence. Visionary architect and planner William D. Warner, who died in 2012, and is credited with reimagining the reshaping of downtown Providence, will receive a posthumous honorary doctorate.

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