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Local Fifth Graders Go To College for the Day

May 3, 2016

More than 300 local students descended on the Roger Williams University campus today for the annual 5th Grade Day event.

Now in its ninth year, the program was created to provide elementary students with an opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers, set high academic goals, tour the campus and participate in team-building activities.

Superintendent Dr. Mario Andrade helped kick-off the day’s activities by offering welcoming remarks to the students and also presenting a plaque of appreciation to KC Ferrara, director of the University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

“I want to acknowledge Roger Williams University for their spirit and commitment to hosting the ninth annual 5th Grade Day and for inspiring our students to dream big,” says Andrade.

American Red Cross Partners with RWU Students for 100 Years of Service Campaign

April 22, 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI., — The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is celebrating 100 years of service to the Rhode Island community. As part of the celebration, the Red Cross has partnered with Roger Williams University to create the signature piece of the Centennial celebration.

Led by RWU Faculty Member John Farmer, graphic design students from the University created the “Century of Service” Traveling Exhibit as part of a Community Partnerships Center project. To build the exhibit – which includes 12 large poster panels – RWU students met with leaders from the American Red Cross Rhode Island chapter to research its history and identify historical objects, articles and photos that formed the exhibit’s historical timeline which depicts significant milestones and achievements of the organization over the last century. Some milestones featured include the USS Bennington disaster, the Hurricanes of 1938 and 1944 and the Red Cross Water Safety Program which started with native Rhode Islander Commodore W.E. Longfellow.

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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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RWU Athletics Honored as a Top D-III School for Community Service

February 2, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators honored the Roger Williams University Athletic Department in January by awarding the NADIIIAA/JOSTENS Community Service Award of Merit in the category titled An Array of Projects.

“This is a tremendous honor for our student-athletes and staff who have put so much time and effort into our community service efforts,” said Dave Kemmy, director of athletics, intramurals and recreation. “To be recognized on a national level is truly a reward that everyone can share. This just recognizes what we have known for a long time: we have dedicated and outstanding student-athletes and staff.”

So You Want to Start an Oyster Farm?

December 14, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., – The Roger Williams University Center for Economic and Environmental Development is now enrolling students for Applied Shellfish Farming, a non-credit course offered during the winter/spring semester that teaches both aspiring shellfish farmers and aquaculture professionals the ins and outs of growing oysters, quahogs and other shellfish species commercially.

The 14-week program, led by Dale Leavitt, aquaculture extension specialist and associate professor of biology at Roger Williams University, is designed to aid new and experienced shellfish farmers in growing shellfish farming enterprises in Rhode Island and Southeast New England.

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RWU Law Launches Legal Clinic for Disabled Veterans

November 2, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An important new clinical initiative at Roger Williams University School of Law offers renewed hope to military veterans whose applications for disability benefits have been denied and who can’t afford to appeal the decision.

In this unique collaboration, law students in the Veterans Disability Appeals Field Clinic will work in the offices of Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick, one of the nation’s leading veterans disability law firms, located in downtown Providence.

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Veterans Day Ceremony

Join the Student Veterans Alliance, Military and Veteran’s Law Association, ROTC and President Donald Farish in honoring our veterans with a ceremony in front of the Administration Building. Please join us in honoring those within our community who have served. This year's keynote speaker is Anne Mitchell who served for 29 years on active duty in the US Navy Nurse Corps, recently retiring at the rank of captain.  She is the Director of Health Services at RWU and a graduate of Northeastern University and the U.S. Naval War College.

2016 Turkey Basket Contest

With the holidays approaching, the Feinstein Center would like to encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in the annual Turkey Basket Contest.

Over the past 12 years, the RWU community has donated hundreds of baskets to the Bristol/Warren communities. These baskets have provided complete holiday meals and lifted sprits during the holiday season.

Each year, departments, student clubs and organizations, and groups of faculty, staff and students submit baskets that contain complete thanksgiving meals (including gift cards for the turkey, non-perishables) and other fun items such as crayons and coloring books, children’s books, and holiday tableware.  Some of the baskets have included a holiday breakfast or have been large enough to fill a family’s pantry for a month!

This year RWU is joining the East Bay Food Pantry to ensure that every family who needs a turkey basket gets one.  The pantry currently provides food and other basic needs to over 5,000 individuals in the Bristol/Warren community.

IRHA: Mr. RWU

This non-traditional male pageant, which features contestants paired with personal assistants, culminates a weeks-long campaign of fundraising and educating the campus community about the Children’s Miracle Network at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Let the contestants entertain you with musical numbers and performances of their unique hidden talents, all in an effort to be crowned Mr. RWU while raising funds for a great cause. Over the past 14 years, the Mr. RWU program has raised more than $200,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Tickets are $7 for the general community and $5 for RWU students.

RWU Alumni and Professor to Bring Disaster Aid Directly to Haiti

October 17, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rather than ship donations overseas and hope it arrives to those in most need, two Roger Williams University alumni and a professor will soon travel to Haiti to hand-deliver money, medicine and food, using their expertise and local connections to ensure that aid gets to the people devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

Members of the executive board of New Bridges for Haitian Success, Inc. – Bernard Georges ’14, Omar Bah ’14 and RWU Associate Professor of History Autumn Quezada de Tavarez – will bring the cash and donated items directly to some of the hardest-hit areas of Haiti, which saw the destruction of entire villages, thousands of people displaced and estimates of more than 800 dead from the Category 4 hurricane that swept the country on Oct. 8.

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