Join the Hawks community, whether you are near or far, to hear from career specialists, alumni speakers or engage in social gatherings. Search for the events and offerings best suited to you and be a partner with us as RWU continues along the path of success. The future is bright at RWU and we would love to have you with us on the journey.

Spring Events

Thursday, April 22, 2021
RWAA Lunch & Learn Series

Alumni Panel: Public Relations, Communications and Marketing

June 4-6, 2021
Roger Reunion Bristol

Celebrating the classes ending in 1 & 6!
Give & Go

June-August 2021
Roger Reunion on the Road

Celebrating the classes ending in 1 & 6!
Give & Go

June-August 2021
Roger on the Road

Join us for Friday evening events to celebrate RWU alumni, families, and friends!

Past Events

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Career Fair


Tuesday, April 6, 2021
7:00 PM
Virtual Trivia


Fall Events Recap

Holiday Reception

Alumni gathered Dec. 9 to celebrate the holidays with a virtual wine tasting, toasting to good health and a happy 2021. President Miaoulis joined to give a welcome as we heard the story of Daou winery and enjoyed the unique qualities of the wines offered. 

Career Panel

On Dec. 16, the Center for Career and Professional Development offered an engaging and helpful presentation on best tips and tricks for job hunting during Covid, "Lunch & Learn: Careering for Hawks with CCPD". The content was relevant for new graduates and mid-career alumni. CCPD is available for career advising sessions, resume review and have a host of online resources to further your professional career.

A Look Back at Our Fall Lineup

September 21
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Patrolman Gregory W. Bolden '98 M'05 Scholarship at Roger Williams University

In lieu of an annual golf tournament and dinner, we will hold a virtual cocktail hour.

We look forward to safely gathering at a distance this year and seeing you on the other side of COVID. 

The Patrolman Gregory W. Bolden '05 Memorial Scholarship provides educational scholarships for socioeconomically disadvantaged students, especially African-Americans, graduating from one of the Providence public high schools, who have an interest in pursuing a degree in the Criminal Justice or allied fields.

For more information or to register, visit the 
Patrolman Gregory W. Bolden Event Page.

September 23

Responding to COVID-19: Lessons from the AIDS Epidemic: Former US Congressman Henry Waxman in conversation with Boston Globe reporter Edward Fitzpatrick

September 26

Winner of the Voice Javier Colon
Javier Colon has a lot of heart. In fact, that heart is precisely why he captivated America as winner of the inaugural season of NBC's hit television show, The Voice. Whether he was performing "Landslide" with Stevie Nicks, or his fan favorite acoustic rendition of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time," the performer captured the hearts of millions. Javier’s original song and debut single "Stitch By Stitch" not only clenched the top prize on The Voice, but it also became something of a phenomenon. During the first week of its digital release, the song exceeded sales of 145,000 and peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, Javier writes his own music, constantly keeping himself open to inspiration. A family man, he keeps his wife and daughters close to his heart at all times often writing about them. Javier isn't simply following anyone else's path; he's making his own way.

September 28
11:00am - 2:00pm 

Resume Day
The first impression you make upon a prospective employer is often through your resume. Make it a good one by ensuring you are presenting yourself as effectively as possible by participating in Resume Day!

September 29
12:30pm - 1:15pm

Outside of Quarantine: The Economy, Jobs & Career in an Uncertain Time
Are you wondering about the state of the US economy, job/internship opportunities, and the labor market in the midst of this uncertain season? In the first event of our Professional Development Series featuring Alumni, we’ll be asking questions about economic stability and ways to approach the labor market by staying nimble and innovative in the face of our futures


October 3

Magician Trent James
Trent James is one of the most sought-after magicians in the college market. Using our Pro Zoom Web Video service, Trent will perform a show of sleight of hand magic tricks and illusions, and will even teach the viewers how to perform some magic with items available in their room or house.

October 4
4:00pm  – 5:00pm

Alumni Volunteer Gathering with Admissions

Join Felicia Greco ’17 and other Admissions staff and alumni volunteers.

October 5
3:00pm – 3:45pm
A Cash Course: Managing your Finances in College & After
Do you want to learn more about financial wellness and managing your money? Come to the second event of our Professional Development Series featuring alumni to learn more about financial planning, budgeting and money management strategies.

October 7
2:00pm – 4:00pm

RWU Virtual Internship & Career Fair Experience

Join the CCPD for the first ever Virtual Internship & Career Fair Experience featuring employers from a variety of industries looking to connect with students and recent alums from all majors. Connect with employers through group information sessions and/or individual conversations.

October 8

Robert Pinsky – Poet and Former US Poet Laureate
Serving three terms as the United States Poet Laurate, Robert Pinsky notably founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans — of varying backgrounds, all ages, and from every state — shared their favorite poems. Elegant and tough, vividly imaginative, Pinsky’s poems have earned praise for their wild musical energy and range. Selected Poems (FSG, 2011) is a collection that spans his career. His The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Robert Pinsky’s landmark, best-selling translation of The Inferno of Dante received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Howard Morton Landon Prize for translation. He is also co-translator of The Separate Notebooks, poems by Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz. In addition to being the only member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on “The Simpsons” and “The Colbert Report,” Pinsky has been a regular contributor to PBS’s The News- Hour, and he publishes frequently in magazines such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Threepenny Review and The Best American Poetry anthologies. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.

October 10

Grayson DeWolfe
At the age of 21, Grayson DeWolfe has been selling out venues in the Twin Cities for the past four years. The multi-instrumentalist and producer spent his early years in high school touring the country while opening for national acts such as PVRIS, Why Don't We, The Plain White T's, Echosmith, and more. Achieving a massive amount of traction after winning Minnesota's Go 96.3's Battle of the Bands, DeWolfe opened for Run the Jewels and Bishop Briggs while debuting "Karma", which now has over 500,000 streams. Influenced by Jon Bellion, Bruno Mars, and Panic! at the Disco, the music video (filmed and choreographed in the style of the musical Grease) quickly went viral on Facebook, getting over 250,000 views within a week. He has since released the EP "Growing Pains” and will have new music and music videos out in 2019.

October 13
7:00pm – 8:00pm

RWU Alumni Book Club (New!)  - The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Join us as we launch our new RWU Alumni Book Club hosted by alumna Kelly Scafariello '99 with our first featured book: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines. This book was selected as it was also the chosen book honored for the 2021 "Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Lecture Fund" and "Professor John Howard Birss, Jr. Memorial Library Fund" (established by University alumnus, Robert Blais '70).  Click here learn more about the Birss Memorial Progam. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman is available on Amazon and other online bookstores. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations if you need assistance with obtaining the book. The first five alumni to register will receive a complimentary copy of the book mailed to them!

October 14
11:00am – 11:30am

Lunch & Learn - What an Admission Counselor looks for: Tips & tricks to help your student navigate the college search process - Felicia Greco ’17, Admission Counselor.

October 15
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Welcome to the City – Boston
New to the City?Reconnect and network with fellow Hawks in Boston during our Virtual Welcome to the City!

October 19

Job Search Strategies for the COVID Economy

Are you on the job search, hoping to transition or wondering how to navigate the current economic landscape?  Join the Center for Career & Professional Development to learn ways to modify your typical job search approach for the COVID Economy.  Walk away with three different job search strategies, tips/tricks and best practices to sustain and succeed in your search during these uncertain times. 

October 19 
5:30 pm
Keynote Address
All alumni, students, and families are invited to the keynote address by President Yannis Miaoulis and Provost Margaret Everett on the University’s progress over the last year and future plans

October 20 

1950s, 60s 70s –Golden Decades Celebration
Classes of the '50s, '60s & 70's are invited to celebrate RWU 50 Years on Bristol campus with a look back and an update on current campus happenings

October 20 
6:30pm - 7:30PM

Athletics Reunion
Join Athletic Director Kiki Jacobs for a Chat with Coaches. Join to hear from the coaches and re-connect with teammates

October 20
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Welcome to the City – Metro NYC

New to the City?Reconnect and network with fellow Hawks in NYC during our Virtual Welcome to the City!

October 21
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Trivia Night
Get a team together and join other RWU alums as your put your trivia knowledge to the test with our first ever Virtual Trivia Night.

October 22
7:00pm  - 8:00pm

Intercultural Center Reunion

October 23 

Planned Giving Webinar - Planning for Your Future
Hear from our experts Amy Berkeley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Ava Lambert, Major Gifts & Planned Giving Officer, on how to invest in the future of RWU

October 19 – 24
Alumni Virtual Homecoming Week  

October 23 

Queer and Trans Networking Hour: Connecting Alumni with Current Students

October 26
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Alumni of Color Network Conversation with Students 


November 10
12:00pm – 1:00pm
RWU Alumni Book Club Lunch Gathering

November 12
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Bingo Night
Join other RWU alums for a fun night of Bingo and win some RWU Swag! 

November 18
12:30 – 1:00pm

Lunch & Learn: From RWU to ESPN with Steve Ackels ’94

November 19
12:30pm -1:30pm

Hawk Lunch Hour: Meet the Alumni Board and share your ideas 


December 9
Alumni Holiday Reception – Virtual Wine Tasting
Join us for a Holiday Celebration and enjoy a wine tasting right from your own home!  

December 16
12pm -12:30pm

Lunch & Learn - Careering for Hawks with CCPD

Department of Performing Arts events

Past Spring Events


Through Friday, February 19, 2021

Become a Mentor!

Join the CCPD and Office of Alumni for a Virtual Session about our upcoming Mentorship Program. Learn from our team how to best use The Roger Connection to facilitate and drive your connection, as well as other tips and advice on what to expect. Also hear from an Alumni Mentor who participated last year, what their experience was like, what they learned and why they are excited to do again!

Sign up for The Roger Connection HERE then join the mentorship program HERE by Friday, February 19th 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Mentor Workshop

Learn how to use the The Roger Connection and find answers to any questions you may have! 


Wednesday, March 3, 2021 
Daughter of Dissidents - Jewher Ilham & Akeda Pulati
Place: Zoom (registration TBA)
Presented in conjunction with Scholars at Risk, and Scholars at Risk’s Student Advocacy Seminar Programs.

In 2014, Uyghur Economics Professor, IlhamTohti, was detained, arrested, and sentenced to life in prison for his work to create peaceful dialogue between Uyghur and Han Chinese. Three years later, Professor Rahile Dawut, an internationally known expert  on Uyghur Folklore and Traditions, was disappeared by the Chinese government. Tohti’s daughter, Jehwer Ilham, inadvertently ended up in the US after the 2014 detention, forced to start a new life; while Rahile Dawut’s daughter, Akeda Pulati, was a graduate student at University of Washington. Forced to seek asylum, both daughters found themselves engaged in international advocacy on behalf of their parents, and soon on behalf of their people. Jewher and Akeda will appear in a dialogue about their unique and shared experiences as daughters of prominent and missing dissidents.

Monday, March 15, 2021
7:00 PM
Talking About Race Through Storytelling & Music (The 21st John H. Birss Memorial Lecture)
Place: Zoom (registration TBA)

Presented in conjunction with the Mary Tefft White Endowment.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of  Ernest J. Gaines, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, a keynote panel, based on Gaines’ practice and philosophy, will focus on talking about race through storytelling and music. Panelists include: writer Danzy Senna (author of Caucasia); New Orleans jazz legend Michael White; and Cheylon Woods, archivist and Head of the Gaines Center at University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Wednesday, March 22, 2021
Novelist Adam Haslett (The 8th Annual Bermont Fellowship Public Talk)
Presented in conjunction with the Mary Tefft White Endowment, and Rogers Free Library’s Jane Bodell Fund.
As part of the Bermont Fellowship for Fiction and Nonfiction, noted novelist Adam Haslett will offer a public reading and discussion. Haslett is the author of three works of fiction: Imagine Me Gone, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award; the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here, also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; and the novel Union Atlantic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. His books have been translated into eighteen languages, and his journalism on culture and politics have appeared in The Financial Times, Esquire, New York Magazine, The New YorkerThe GuardianDer SpiegelThe Nation, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others.