Hundreds of participants – from elected officials and city planners to university administrators, student affairs professionals and college students – convened at George Washington University to learn how to create innovative university/community partnerships and strengthen town/gown relationships in college towns.
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.
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.
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.
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.”