For many college students, spring break offers a relaxing reprieve from classes to catch up on homework or take a trip to a tropical locale. But for 53 Roger Williams students, their respite from time in class was dedicated to rolling up their sleeves to help others in need. Via three campus organizations, these students participated in four Alternative Spring Break service programs organized by RWU’s chapters of the Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children (FIMRC), Habitat for Humanity and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). Although diverse groups with seemingly little in common, they shared experiences of new encounters with different environments and people, as well as a novel, hands-on approach to community service.
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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/.)
The R.I. Blood Center will be on Campus to conduct their annual Spring Semester blood drive. This time, they've added an additional purpose — a bone marrow registration. Bone marrow registration is merely a cheek swab and takes just minutes, but could save a life!
The bone marrow registration will be held in two locations — North Campus Residence Hall Game Room from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. AND in the Dining Commons from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The blood drive will be held in North Campus Residence Hall Game Room from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Special thanks to FIMRC, Colleges Against Cancer, Pre-Med/Pre-Vet,and Dr. Kerri Warren for their participation!
BRISTOL, R.I. – Well into the second year of Affordable Excellence, what began as an engaging dialog about the issues of cost, debt and jobs in higher education has taken root at Roger Williams. Ideas have been put into action via Community Partnerships Center projects, University-wide efforts to best prepare students for careers and competitive job markets and strategic initiatives to both freeze and guarantee tuition for as long as fiscally possible.
BRISTOL, R.I. – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee awarded $12,460 in grant funds to eight nonprofits and local organizations in December.
The awards conclude the 10th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $145,436 to support nearly 100 projects and initiatives.
The FCA is part of the 20-year PILOT agreement established in 2007, under which the University makes an annual voluntary payment of $150,000 to help offset the cost of emergency services provided by the town. Selections are made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, which comprises individuals from both the Town and the University. The complete list of awards for this grant cycle includes:
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. -- 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).
As we approach our 10th issue of RWU, we invite you to share your story ideas and reactions to what you read and see in the current issue. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think!
Of course, for those who just can't get enough, we're happy to provide some additional reading to tide you over while our spring issue is in the works:
View the campus-wide entries to the Turkey Basket Competition — each containing an entire turkey meal plus extras to be donated to those in need in the Bristol community. While you're there, cast your vote for People's Choice Award from among dozens of creatively designed baskets.