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Graduating to Silicon Valley

May 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With an entrepreneurial drive backed by technical skills that saw him sell his first game at age 15 and launch his first company by the time he turned 20 years old, Willem Delventhal ’15 is sure to have a smooth transition from Roger Williams to Silicon Valley where he’ll continue his career soon after crossing the Commencement stage on May 16.

His résumé already impressive – he’s a business management major with minors in computer science and web development, and launched the new Tech-Es club on campus that has already sold its first app – Delventhal will work for San Francisco-based Lumosity, where he completed a mobile games internship last summer, while continuing to operate his own company on the side.

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From a Hurricane on Day One to the Twists and Turns Ahead – The Class of 2015 Graduates

May 16, 2015

Bristol, R.I., May 16, 2015 – Four years after arriving at Roger Williams with Hurricane Irene bearing down – and spending their first six days on campus with no classes, few events and activities, and, for a period of 48 hours, no electrical power – the 890 undergraduates in the Class of 2015 joined more than 200 adult learners on Saturday, under calmer skies, as they culminated 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 two special guests: acclaimed author and historian Nathaniel D. Philbrick; and Timothy E. Baxter ’83, ’13P, president of Samsung Electronics America and an RWU alumnus, parent and trustee.

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Fulbright Scholar Anthony Salazar ’15 to Teach in Germany

May 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – With his eyes on the prize of a Fulbright award at the culmination of his undergraduate career at Roger Williams University, Anthony Salazar ’15 learned just six days before Commencement that his hard work and dedication have in fact earned him the distinction of Fulbright Scholar.

An international relations and German major, Salazar was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to teach English to primary or secondary schoolchildren in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, a mountainous region in the southwestern part of the country that borders France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Salazar is the fourth Roger Williams student in the past decade to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. A highly competitive and prestigious honor, the Fulbright Program awarded only 20 percent of nearly 5,000 applicants an English Teaching Assistant grant this year.

“I’ve been working hard with a Fulbright Scholarship in mind for the past four years; it’s been a lot of motivation to perform exceptionally well academically,” says Salazar, who leaves in late August to spend a year in Germany.

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From Hello to Goodbye: Yusuf Richie Afifi ’15

May 4, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Recognized across campus for years as a welcoming mentor helping new students acclimate to campus, Yusuf Richie Afifi will now salute his fellow graduating seniors with a fond farewell as student speaker during Commencement exercises on May 16.

A biology and chemistry major from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Afifi – who hopes to attend medical school after graduation – was selected as the student commencement speaker after several rounds of auditions. When he wasn’t elbows-deep in experiments in the chemistry lab, Afifi has worked behind the scenes to create many successful student events as member of the Inter-Class Council (where he worked his way up from class officer to executive council), helped hand-craft the University’s award-winning float for the Bristol Fourth of July Parade, and thrived on the rugby field among teammates he calls “a brotherhood like no other.”

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Pie Carol S.

Anyone who makes a donation to support Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life fundraiser can “pie” Carol Sacchetti, director of Student Programs & Leadership.

To Honor Memories, Support Survivors & Inspire Action – Relay for Life at RWU

April 30, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – For anyone on the Roger Williams campus with even a fleeting interest in the clubs, activities, events and organizations that comprise the University’s thriving student life scene, Carol Sacchetti – fearless leader of the Department of Student Programs & Leadership – is a familiar face.

And at least for a few folks, the temptation to throw a pie in that familiar face creeps to the surface from time to time. Thankfully, there’s an outlet for that urge – starting at 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 1) on the quad, anyone who makes a donation to support Colleges Against Cancer’s Relay for Life fundraiser can “pie” Sacchetti in person.

“Come pie me on Friday,” Sacchetti encourages, cheerfully. “Even the President pied me last year. Tony Montefusco from Housing pied me five times.”

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In Conversation on Poetry and Social Justice

April 20, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Arriving at the table with widely different experiences in performing their art, two-time RWU slam poetry champ Jared Clough and Tony-nominated spoken-word poet Staceyann Chin sat down together last week for a conversation that explored the universal truths of expressing the human condition through poetry.

In the midst of a day filled with events, all part of a month-long celebration of poetry, diversity and inclusion at RWU, Clough – a sophomore creative writing major and burgeoning slam poet – and Chin shared their approaches to writing and performing poetry in a dialogue for PDQ@RWU.

Roger After Dark: Live Music by The Teter Todders

Come join RAD with the baddest band on the playground, The Teter Todders, as they play live music in GHH at 10 p.m. on Friday April 24. There will also be Carnival foods and make your own sandy candy. Come relax and listen to live music with RAD!

An Hour With Dominican Republic

Join members of the community to hear all about the traditions and customs of the Dominican Republic from two RWU students. Traditional, light snacks from the Dominican Republic will be provided for you to enjoy. This will be the last 'An Hour With' series of the year, so don't miss it! This is a merit point program for students living on campus. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

President's Report: Shining a Light on University's Past, Future

April 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- When most folks think of a searchlight, those immense, unwieldy apparatus that project unmistakable beams of light, often dancing across the nighttime sky. Whether via a traditional carbon arc lamp or powerful Xenon bulbs, searchlights start with a high-intensity source of energy, collected in a parabola-shaped reflector and channeled into a common source -- that powerful beam of light. In many ways, our campus community is a reflective surface in its own right, collecting the energy and lumosity of students, alumni, faculty, staff and partners, returning it to a common source -- Roger Williams University -- and projecting a powerful beam of knowledge, expertise and talent beyond our campus, called upon to solve problems and to serve society.