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Community Connections Celebrates 10 Years

August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Monday, Aug. 25, some 1,400 students, faculty and staff from Roger Williams University will lead the 10th Annual Community Connections day – the largest service program in the region – in which teams will work together with 56 local nonprofits on projects that range from cleaning local parks to running bingo at senior centers, and creating art projects with developmentally disabled adults.

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Screening of "Lincoln"

In 1865, as the American Civil War winds inexorably toward conclusion, U.S. president Abraham Lincoln endeavors to achieve passage of the landmark constitutional amendment which will forever ban slavery from the United States. However, his task is a race against time, for peace may come at any time, and if it comes before the amendment is passed, the returning southern states will stop it before it can become law. Lincoln must, by almost any means possible, obtain enough votes from a recalcitrant Congress before peace arrives and it is too late. Yet the president is torn, as an early peace would save thousands of lives. As the nation confronts its conscience over the freedom of its entire population, Lincoln faces his own crisis of conscience -- end slavery or end the war.

Director Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln" (2012) dramatizes President Abraham Lincoln’s attempt to gain congressional approval for the Thirteenth Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States and its territories.

James Tackach, a professor in the Department of English & Creative Writing, will provide a brief introduction to the film.

Homecoming & Family Weekend: Special Viewing of "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" with Re-Enactors

Special viewing of the "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" exhibition, featuring personalized tours and Civil War re-enactors who will bring the exhibition to life with their stories. 

This event is part of a series of Roger Williams University sponsored programs – from faculty lectures to performing arts productions to a student project showcase – held in conjunction with the traveling exhibition: “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” on display in the University Library from September 23 to October 31. The exhibition is sponsored by the American Library Association in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities and based on the original exhibition developed by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Check PDQ calendar for a schedule of events. For more information, please visit

Roger After Dark: Masking It

Roger After Dark Cosponsored with Intervarsity to bring you Masking It. There will be masquerade mask making with music provided by WQRI. Try to taste the difference between popular brand food and its store brand competitor, if you cant tell the difference just enjoy our nachos from a local business. Enjoy the night with friends and dance to the music with Intervarsity.

Unity Day

How will you make a difference in your community? What matters to you? Are you someone who believes in equality and social justice? Do you want to learn more about diversity on campus and get a chance to meet students who share the same passions, interests and values as you? Be part of our second annual RWU Leadership Unity Day!

At Leadership Unity Day, you will:

• Form lasting memories with your classmates over faculty workshops, meals, games, and other fun activities!

• Meet other students who want to engage in diversity and social justice issues and who want to become involved in social change at RWU.

• Be introduced to student leaders that are engaged in social justice already and get a chance to learn about involvement opportunities through Student Programs and Leadership and the Intercultural Center. 

Roger After Dark & Student Advocacy: Candy Land

Roger After Dark and the Student Advocacy Office will transform the GHH Atrium into a life-sized Candy Land. After competing against your friends, you can decorate your own cup cakes together. Relax and eat candy while you spend the rest of the night singing karaoke.

On the Rebound: Chris Herren Schools Freshmen on Substance Abuse

September 2, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – Former NBA guard Chris Herren didn’t have to travel far to get to the Roger Williams University Recreation Center where he took the stage amid thunderous applause from more than 1,000 freshmen. But the Fall River, Mass., native and Portsmouth, R.I., resident’s journey was a much longer and far more tumultuous than the scenic drive over the Mount Hope Bridge.

As part of the Weeks of Welcome series that initiates new students into the RWU community, Herren came to the University by way of the Roger Williams HAWEs (Health and Wellness Educators) and The Herren Project – a nonprofit that educates about the dangers of substance abuse with a focus on treatment navigation, educational initiatives, mentoring and public awareness – to share what he calls, “my nightmare.”

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Live@RWU Presents the Johnny O'Neal Trio [Sold Out]

Ticketing Information

Due to high demand for the Live@RWU series and a limited seating capacity in Global Heritage Hall, tickets for the Johnny O’Neal concert are now sold out.

However – in the event that there are no-show ticket holders – we will do our best to accommodate guests if any seats are empty at the concert’s start time.

For those without tickets who are still interested in attending, please show up outside Global Heritage Hall no later than 7:15 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 17. We will accommodate as many additional guests as seating capacity allows.

About Johnny O'Neal

After an early career playing gospel piano in churches near his native Detroit, Johnny O’Neal began a lifelong exploration of jazz in 1976. In the early 1980s, he burst onto New York City’s jazz scene with such touch, unparalleled command of tunes and love of performing that he’s still the hottest ticket today.

University Welcomes 1,200 New Students at Convocation 2014

August 18, 2014

Bristol, R.I. – On Saturday, Aug. 23, more than 1,200 new students will mark the official beginning of their academic journey at Roger Williams University at the 2014 Convocation ceremony, an annual rite of passage for each year’s entering class that serves as a formal welcoming for new students and their families to the campus community.

The ceremony will kick off at 2 p.m. with a processional march led by Rhode Island Highlanders Pipe Band and followed by the national anthem performed by Drastic Measures, an all-student a cappella group. New students and their families will be greeted by fellow students as well as the University staff and faculty including the University president, provost and Student Senate president.

With all students dressed in regalia, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Eisinger will lead them in reciting the University’s Pledge of Academic Integrity, in which students promise to challenge each other, conduct themselves honorably and assist one another as they live and work together in mutual support.

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