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Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Registration

The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold a blood drive in the North Campus Residence Hall lobby, and a bone marrow registration in the Commons. With over 10,000 pints of blood donated, this year marks 35 years of Roger Williams University partnering with the RIBC. This drive is sponsored by the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the African Student Coalition, and RWU FIMRC chapter. Visit www.ribc.org to make an appointment, using sponsor code 0001.

Blood Drive & Bone Marrow Registration

The Rhode Island Blood Center will hold a blood drive in the North Campus Residence Hall lobby, and a bone marrow registration in the Commons. With over 10,000 pints of blood donated, this year marks 35 years of Roger Williams University partnering with the RIBC. This drive is sponsored by the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the African Student Coalition, and RWU FIMRC chapter. Visit www.ribc.org to make an appointment, using sponsor code 0001.

University Named to President's Honor Roll for Community Service

January 5, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. — In the same year in which the University's signature Community Connections program celebrated its 10th anniversary, Roger Williams University has been recognized by the Corporation for National and Community Service for its community service and volunteer projects in 2014, which ranged from cleaning local parks to running bingo at senior centers, and creating art projects with developmentally disabled adults.

“At RWU, we’ve established a core value of commitment to community through service, and we’re honored to be nationally recognized among our peers that also place such a high value on community work as part of the education we provide to our students,” says KC Ferrara, director of the University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Blood Drive

The second blood drive of the academic year will be held on Tuesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the North Residence Hall game room.  

Blood Drive

The second blood drive of the academic year will be held on Tuesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the North Residence Hall game room.  

50 Thanksgiving Dinners to East Bay Families as RWU Celebrates Annual Tradition

November 19, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University celebrated its 12th Annual Turkey Basket Contest this week, a beloved campus tradition in which students, faculty and staff join together to craft complete turkey dinners in creative baskets to donate to families in the East Bay.

This year, more than 50 Thanksgiving dinners, including sides, desserts and gift cards to purchase turkeys were donated to the East Bay Food Pantry on Tues., Nov. 18. The baskets are judged on creativity, quality and quantity. This year’s contest winners were:

Quality: Division of Finance & Administration

Creativity: American Chemical Society

Quantity: Tutorial Support Services

View the slideshow below for a glimpse at this year’s Turkey Baskets:

 

Turkey Basket Judging

Judging for the Feinstein Center's annual Turkey Basket competition begins promptly at 4 p.m. and snacks will be provided to spread the holiday spirit. The contest helps those less fortunate in our community by providing Bristol/Warren families with complete holiday meals. All baskets will be donated to the East Bay Food Pantry, which has over 2,000 clients and is constantly growing. Prizes will awarded to the baskets based on: Quality, Quantity, & Creativity. All winners will receive a $75 restaurant gift card.

Bay Cleanup, By the Numbers

November 12, 2013

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Community Connections may have celebrated a milestone this year, but so did 10-year partner Save The Bay. This year’s shoreline cleanup was the organization’s first as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup – the world’s largest volunteer effort for clean oceans and waterways. As part of the initiative, the trash collected along the Bristol Harbor shoreline on Community Connections day was counted and documented to be compared to other cities, regions, states and countries. Here’s a sampling of what the 41 freshmen students, four site leaders and three Save The Bay representatives collected in just two hours:

 

1,169              cigarette butts

446                 plastic pieces

292                 food wrappers

Student with the Crown and a Cause: Q&A with Miss Rhode Island USA 2015

November 5, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Representing the Ocean State in next year’s Miss USA pageant will be RWU’s own Anea Garcia, Miss Rhode Island USA 2015. Recognized for her poise and elegance with the Miss Rhode Island title, this champion for the disadvantaged isn’t afraid to get fierce when kicking it to poverty and inequality – or championing her cause on the beauty pageant stage.

Called to action by the plight of women and children living in poverty, Garcia volunteers at Providence’s McAuley House, where families and individuals are dished up hot meals and support services, and Crossroads Rhode Island, a Providence nonprofit that provides housing and employment assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals. She plans to expand her outreach to volunteer at local domestic abuse shelters.

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Social Justice Week Kicks off at RWU

October 14, 2014

 

BRISTOL, R.I. – Training a lens on the serious problems affecting society, Social Justice Week 2014 at Roger Williams University raises awareness of unfair conditions with the goal of inciting students to awaken the advocate within and create change.

Through civil discourse, diversity training, activist performances, and thought-provoking documentaries, Social Justice Week – from Tuesday, Oct. 14 to Wednesday, Oct. 22 – will explore the legacy of slavery and civil rights, and raise awareness of less-examined issues of elder justice and how diminished access to health care produces inequality.

Organized by Laura D’Amore and Autumn Quezada-Grant, professors of history and American studies, the annual series offers the chance to see how social justice issues touch everyone. Through interactive activities and accessing resources to become involved, they hope that all campus members – students, faculty and staff – recognize and do their part to make the world a better place.