Roger Life

We all worked hard to uphold pandemic protocols, to protect our low positivity rate and remain on campus throughout the Spring 2021 semester.   

This series highlights what RWU students decided to do with that opportunity: To be here, at this moment in history, together. You have engaged, while your peers at other schools may have had to retreat. You’re lifting one another up, making things happen, developing your leadership skills, maintaining community.

That’s Roger Life.


  • Rachael Rooklin

    Roger Life: Intern at State Legislatures Honing Policy Skills Before Law School

    By Anna Cohen

    Political Science major Rachael Rooklin '21 served as an intern at the Rhode Island General Assembly this semester, writing policy on providing more affordable mental health care access for Rhode Island’s unhoused population. She will intern at the Massachusetts Legislature this summer as she prepares to apply for law school, and hopes to become a disability-rights lawyer and activist.

  • Tommy Demarco in the lab

    Roger Life: From Undergraduate Research to Tropical Coral Career

    By Anna Cohen

    Marine Biology major Tommy Demarco ’21 will apply what he learned through his undergraduate research at RWU to his new career as a Microbiology Technician at the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Fla. Demarco will be working to support coral reef resilience and survival, focusing on tropical coral recruitment and stony coral tissue loss disease.

  • image of RWU sign at entrance to University College on the Providence Campus

    Roger Life: College Degree a Lifelong Goal for UC’s Cheryl Vertefeuille

    University College student Cheryl Vertefeuille '21 will accomplish a life goal when she graduates next Saturday with a Bachelor's Degree in Technology, Leadership, and Management: “It's been a long time coming. I feel relief, excitement, and joy.” At Commencement, Vertefeuille will be wearing a stole that says "First Generation,” with her two teenagers in the audience as she proudly walks across the stage.

  • Misha Dubuc with his award winning poster

    Roger Life: From Analytics winner to Boston Data Engineer

    By Anna Cohen

    Misha Dubuc ’21, Computer Science and Mathematics Major who was born in Zushi, Japan, and grew up in Bristol, R.I., has accepted a position as an Associate Data Engineer at OM1 Outcomes and Advanced Analytics in Boston, Mass. He will be maintaining and analyzing clinical data for medical academies.

  • Engineering design team with model playground

    Roger Life: Senior Design Team Wins Diversity and Inclusion Contest

    By Anna Cohen

    Engineering majors Michaela Curcio, Celeste Hartley, Josh Machado, Corey Mendonca, Kristen Norray, and Christopher Usaty won the Haley & Aldrich essay contest on diversity and inclusion for their essay on their Senior Design Project, “Redesigning the Built World: An Adaptive and Inclusive Playground for All Users.” The team’s playground design included wheelchair-accessible slides, interactive musical panels, adaptive monkey bars, and other innovations.

  • image of Jillian Houle

    Roger Life: Double Major Well Equipped for Law School

    By Anna Cohen

    So far this spring, Jillian Houle ’21, has received a full-tuition scholarship to Pace University, acceptance to Lewis and Clark University, and is waiting to hear back from five schools. She says her two majors are “the best pairing possible” to prepare for law school.