Mission, Staff & Contact Us

Our mission is to engage the student body in meaningful and complex co-curricular activities that foster individual and peer development through leadership and experiential opportunities.

The Hawks Nest

The Hawks Nest is a perfect place for students to pass the time between classes. Located in the Campus Recreation Center, the Hawk’s Nest provides students a place to play a quick game between classes, enjoy 2 full size billiards tables, foosball, board games, or simply watch tv while enjoying a smoothie or coffee from the snack bar.

Any member of the Roger Williams community can utilize the Hawk’s Nest games by providing your RWU student ID to our Hawks Nest Attendants.

Hours for the Hawk’s Nest

Monday-Thursday          10AM- 10PM
Friday                             10AM- 9PM
Saturday                         12PM- 8PM
Sunday                           12PM- 9PM


We're located in the Recreation Center just past WQRI 88.3FM, down the hall and on the left-hand side. If you want to reach us you can call our office at (401) 254-3088, email us at studentprograms@rwu.edu, or reach us via fax at (401) 254-3355. 

Social Media

Twitter: @RWU_SPL

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RWUSPL/

Student Staff Positions

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Our office employees many students to assist with the planning, implementation, and administrative duties associated with supporting campus events and student clubs and organizations. Review the descriptions below for more information about the roles and responsibilities of our student employees.

Building Managers

Building Managers assist by hanging banners, assisting with student advertising, event set-up, taking attendance at events, assisting set-up of tables in the Commons for club/organization advertising, and other various tasks associated with student events. This is a payroll position and is typically held by student leaders in their Junior and Senior years. 

Design Center Staff

Our student run design center works to create physical media and digital designs for our clubs and organizations across campus. Working in Student Programs & Leadership, student utilize Mac workstations and the Adobe Creative Suite to make banners, posters, club logos, and t-shirt designs. This position is a work study position and can be held by any student with design experience. 

Hawks Nest Attendants & Mascot

Students who hold this position have two roles, first to help supervise the Hawks Nest (the lower area in the Recreation Center) to ensure that pool tables, foosball, televisions, and board games are accessible to any students during building hours. These students also act at Swoop or Swish, our university mascots, at university or student events. This is a work study position and can be held by any student. 

Office Assistant

In our main office we employee students to assist with paperwork, major projects, budgeting, providing information on our events and activities, and other customer service orientated tasks. We work with students to match students skills, talents, and passions to assign various projects throughout the year. This is a work study position and can be held by any student. 

Yearbook Staff

Each year the Crossings Yearbook works to put together an award-winning publication for the graduating class. In our department, we employee students who write stories, interview students, photographs events, and edit content. This is is a work study position and can be held by students with yearbook, writing, or photography experience. 

Interested students should contact Student Programs and Leadership at (401) 254-3088 or email studentprograms@rwu.edu

Event Operations and Stage Crew

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Events Operations is responsible for implementing the programs and events put on by our student organizations, clubs and departments. Our student Stage Crew is responsible for the physical set-up operations, security and break down of all events. This includes setting up pipe-and-drape, setting up lighting and sound systems through rigging and design, designing seating and tables for various campus spaces, utilizing projection and visual equipment for presentations, training on CCTV camera equipment, and other tasks associated with event execution. 

Stage Crew members are eligible to join a more specialized Tech Crew which manages lighting design, audio controls, and other "back of house" components during a show or performance. In this role it is imperative that students have previous knowledge of sound boards and lighting software, or are willing to learn through training with our Event Operations professional staff. 

Concierge staff provide services necessary to produce events such as making popcorn, selling and collecting tickets, setting up green rooms, and assisting performers before shows.

If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact Gordon Wood, Manager of Event Operations at gwood@rwu.edu 

Professional Staff

Carol Sacchetti
Director of Student Programs & Leadership

(401) 254-3832

  • Advises Student Senate, WQRI 88.3FM, Multicultural Student Union, Coordinator of Homecoming & Family Weekend, New Student & Family Orientation

Adrianne Harris 
Associate Director of Student Programs & Leadership

(401) 254-3076

  • Advises Student Senate, Inter Residence Hall Association, Hawks' Herald, Coordinates Clubs, Crossings Yearbook

Sean Ballard
Assistant Director of Student Programs & Leadership

(401) 254-5367

  • Advises the Inter Class Council, Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), The Leadership Association, Coordinator of Design Center and Mascots

Jerrel A. Burgo 
Assistant Director of Student Programs & Leadership

(401) 254-3054

  • Advises Campus Entertainment Network (CEN), Multicultural Student Union (MSU), Marketing and Department Social Media

Krystal Sweet
Administrative Assistant

Fax (401)254-3355

  • Supervises SP&L Student Staff

Gordon Wood
Manager of Event Operations

(401) 254-3425

  • Supervises Stage Crew

Colin Clephane 
Assistant Director of Event Operations

(401) 254-5204

  • Supervises Building Managers, Hawks Nest Attendants, Stage Crew