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  • Campus Community Steps Out for 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'

    Members of the campus community stepped out in style on Wednesday, April 27, for the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence event at Roger Williams University. The event, coordinated by RWU Women's Center Director Jennifer Stanley, raised $900 to benefit the Rhode Island Crisis Assistance Center. Each year, participants across the country come together in their communities to support the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes effort, which is described as "a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women." More than 60 RWU participants -- the majority of them men -- donned women's shoes to walk around campus and get people talking about pervasive gender violence issues across the U.S. and worldwide.

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  • Rachael Nilson ’18 Awarded National Scholarship for Summer Research

    Rising junior biology major Rachael Nilson (Mansfield, Mass.) has been selected to join the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program – one of just 15 students nationwide to earn the honor. Nilson, whose research interests include environmental science, conservation biology, genetics and molecular cellular biology, will work alongside Dr. Alan Ross Morrison at Brown University in a lab affiliated with the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition to the summer research appointment, Nilson will also receive a $3,500 stipend as determined by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and she will present her research at a national symposium in August.

    Nilson has previously worked alongside Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Loren Byrne, most recently conducting literature reviews focused on ecology. 

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  • Graduate Psychology Student Honored for Work with Domestic, Sexual Assault Victims

    During the annual Victims’ Grove Ceremony on April 13, Rebekah Snyder, a graduate student of forensic psychology, was honored for her work to create the “Resource Guide for Collegiate Survivors of Sexual Assault” for colleges and universities in Rhode Island and for her volunteer advocacy at Day One – a sexual assault and trauma center in Providence – where she provides support and resources for survivors and served as interim advocacy coordinator managing the help line operations. She is also a member of the Statewide Sexual Assault Task Force and graduate assistant working in the Roger Williams University Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

    Snyder spent a year building the sexual assault guide for Day One, in collaboration with each university and college in the state, developing a comprehensive booklet of reporting policies, procedures and resources available at the institutions. It will be available on campuses, as well as hospitals, police stations and advocacy groups in May.

    At the April 13 ceremony in Providence – which was held in commemoration of National Victims’ Rights Week – Snyder was one of five recognized by R.I. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and other law enforcement leaders. Snyder also received a certificate of “Special Congressional Recognition” from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

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  • SAAHP’s Brad Postian ’16 Receives Newman Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural Engineering

    Roger Williams University graduate architecture student Brad Postian was recently honored with the 2016 Robert Bradford Newman Student Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics for his project, “Acoustical Analysis of the West Side City Hall in Providence, RI.” On March 24, the Newman Student Fund Award, a program that honors outstanding architecture and architectural engineering students around the world, presented Postian with the award for excellence in architecture and in the application of acoustical design principles.

    In his architecture studio project, Postian, a resident of Brewster, N.Y., explored how sound would reverberate in the space redesigned with acoustical enhancements. Testing a variety of scenarios within the unique spatial characteristics, Postian discovered that sound systems would maximize the quality of the acoustics.

    Although a theoretical classroom project, Postian’s ideas will be shared with an international audience via the Newman Student Fund Award.

    “It’s an honor to be recognized for my work,” Postian said. “I didn’t expect this project to have the potential to go beyond the classroom and make a difference in real life.”  


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  • RWU Health and Wellness Educators Win Regional Award for Peer Education

    The RWU Health and Wellness Educators (HAWEs) have captured the Outstanding Peer Education Group Award from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. On April 3, the HAWEs – under the leadership of Donna Darmody, director of Health Education and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Coordinator at RWU – attended the NASPA/Bacchus Northeast Spring Conference at Harvard University, where they accepted the award, which recognizes their exceptional work in consistently providing health and safety education for students on campus. The northeast region represents all universities and colleges from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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  • School of Education Dean to Keynote Event on Emerging Demands on Educator Workforce

    On Wednesday, May 4, Kelly Donnell, dean of the School of Education will serve as the keynote speaker for the Regional Education Laboratory Northeast & Islands Bridge Event. The event will bring together administrators, policymakers and educators to discuss the emerging demands on the educator workforce, the challenges in meeting those demands and innovations in educator-preparation program design and accountability. Dean Donnell will share findings from her own and others’ research with implications for policy and strategies to better prepare teachers. 

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  • RWU is Now Home to the Rhode Island Writing Project

    The School of Education at Roger Williams University is now home to the Rhode Island Writing Project (RIWP), a program led by area literacy professors and K-12 teachers, to offer professional development opportunities focused on writing instruction to K-16 educators.

    “The RI Writing Project’s philosophy is to encourage teachers to find their own writing voices while sharing effective writing instruction methodology,” says Susan Lee Pasquarelli, professor of literacy education at Roger Williams University. “The professional development workshops led by the RIWP allows more opportunity for pre-service and in-service teachers, across all disciplines and grade levels, to collaborate on and hone their craft.” 

    The Rhode Island Writing Project is a division of the National Writing Project and aims to improve the teaching of writing by offering high-quality professional development programs for educators and writing enrichment programs for Rhode Island elementary and secondary students. 



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  • RWU Named a Finalist to Host Google Expedition Pioneer Program

    Roger Williams University has been selected as a finalist to host the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program for a daylong program later this month. According its website, Google Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom using Google Cardboard technology and existing smart devices to offer guided tours of places schools can't always visit, such as the ocean floor or Mars. These journeys are comprised of virtual reality interactive panoramas and are led by a guide or a teacher that leads the class through the experience with access to associated editable notes. 

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  • SAAHP’s Clayton Daher ’16 to Join Board of Directors of American Institute of Architecture Students

    The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) recently announced that RWU architecture major Clayton Daher ’16 has been named northeast quad director of the 2016-17 AIAS Board of Directors, a role he will commence in July. This comes on the heels of being appointed chair of AIAS’s national 2015-16 Freedom By Design Advisory Group, following two years of leading community-oriented projects at the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University.

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  • RWU Law Professor Emily Sack Joins Women's Fund of RI Board

    Professor of Law Emily Sack has joined the board of Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, an advocacy organization working to eliminate gender bias in the state. Sack is a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence and reform of the court system, and has helped to develop and implement the first domestic violence courts in New York, as well as the first felony domestic violence court in the United States. Read more about Sack and the Women's Fund of RI.   

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