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  • First Tree Stewards Training Course Plants Seeds of Arbor Expertise

    As part of the Roger Williams University Arboretum project, RWU teamed up with the Rhode Island Tree Council to offer the first in a series of tree stewards certification courses; the five-week session culminated with a hands-on planting workshop on Oct. 31. Tree Council Director John Campanini led the course with support from the RWU Living Learning Communities (LLC) program and The Newport Tree Society. Thirty-five students from across the disciplines – including 10 architecture majors from the Macro LLC: Reforestation for Climate Change – joined members of the general public to learn the principles of cultivating and maintaining arbor health. The program aims to prepare student leaders for arboretum efforts on campus and in the community and to extend the opportunity to learn arbor care to local residents. The class put their new skills to the test at the conclusion of the course, planting three red maples (courtesy of the Rhode Island Tree Council) on the RWU campus.


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  • RWU to Host Jewish Experience Film and Speaker Series from Nov. 10 to 15

    Roger Williams University and FLICKERS: The Rhode Island International Film Festival are collaborating to present the biannual Jewish Experience Film and Speaker Series from Nov. 10 to Nov. 15. The series will feature 10 international short films and documentaries, including two United States premieres and the 2015 RIFF First Prize Award winner, as well as discussions with visiting filmmakers and Holocaust studies researchers.

    All films will be free and open to the public. Festival screenings will be held in Global Heritage Hall, Room G01, on the Bristol Campus. International films will be screened with English subtitles.

    The full schedule of film screenings is available here.



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  • Holiday Giving Tradition Continues at RWU

    To kick off the holiday season on campus, the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement presents two beloved RWU traditions to give back to the community: the annual Turkey Basket Competition and the Giving Tree. 

    Teams can compete in the Turkey Basket Competition to creatively put together a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings to benefit Bristol and Warren families via the East Bay Food Pantry. Before making their way to tables across the East Bay, the baskets are judged on quality, quantity, and creativity.  Baskets are due on Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the GHH Atrium; guidelines and registration for the Turkey Basket Competition are available here.

    The Giving Tree program sponsors five families in need from the Colt-Andrews Elementary School in Bristol. The tree will be set up in the Upper Commons beginning Nov. 11, adorned with tags outlining requested gifts that participants claim and are responsible for purchasing and delivering to campus.

    “It’s important to give to others, especially during the holidays when many families struggle,” says KC Ferrara, director of the Feinstein Center. “To work at RWU and go to school here is a great privilege, and so to give back is our responsibility.”

    For information on the Giving Tree and other holiday season service opportunities, contact KC Ferrara at 401-254-3765 or


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  • SAAHP Faculty Member, Studio Luz Principal Lands Prestigious American Architecture Award

    Assistant Professor Anthony Piermarini – in his first semester as full-time faculty in the School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation yet no stranger to the school with his firm, Studio Luz, having served as a Teaching Firm in Residence in 2013-14 – captured a major award this month when the American Architecture Awards were announced. A family home located on a small urban lot between Jamaica Plain and Roslindale in Boston was one of just 60 projects named winners for Design Excellence by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Among other features, the Meyer Residence includes a central, perforated metal stairway that divides service spaces from family social spaces and serves as a light-well and air chimney for the Energy Star Certified home. The award was to Studio Luz, which Piermarini leads with his wife, Hansy Better Barraza. The firm has received a number of other recognitions, including the 2010 national American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award, the 2013 Boston Society of Architects Award for Design Excellence, the 54th Progressive Architecture Award Citation in 2007, and the Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award in 2006. 

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  • Business Major, GSB Enterprise Fellow Succeeds at Sprint’s Idea Challenge

    During a summer marketing internship with Sprint, Madison McCormack – a junior business management major minoring in marketing and Mario J. Gabelli School of Business Enterprise Fellow – won the company’s 2015 Intern Idea Challenge, competing against entrants from all departments across the telecommunications titan. Presented with a problem – how to improve Sprint’s customer satisfaction within 90 days of a new device purchase – the Plymouth, Mass., native devised “Sprint Starter Support.” His concept proactively solves common issues with device setup, billing questions, service problems and more via an opt-in comprehensive “customer care program.” The solution secured second-round status from his fellow interns, then made the final cut from upper management to advance to a presentation before Sprint executives, who selected the solution for beta testing in business operations, according to McCormack.

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  • RWU Athletics Honors 2015 Hall of Fame Class

    The Roger Williams University Athletics Department welcomed four former student-athletes, one former coach and one team into the RWU Athletics Hall of Fame and presented one former student-athlete with a special recognition award at the annual induction ceremony held during Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 24. Joining the Hall of Fame's fourth class were:

    • Sandy Vinton ’89 (women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, softball)
    • Andrew Combra '04 (men's soccer)
    • Jack Delehanty '04 (men's volleyball)
    • Kristin Gaynor '04 (women's basketball)
    • Men's Soccer Head Coach Jim Cook (Ret.)
    • 2001 Women's Softball Team

    John LaScala (wrestling) was awarded a special recognition. Read the full story here for more on the inductees.

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  • RWU Climbs in Annual U.S. News Rankings

    Roger Williams jumped five spots on the list of Best Regional Universities in the North for 2016, as U.S. News & World Report ranked RWU No. 36 in the category.The University also landed on the regional list of Best Colleges for Veterans (No. 28) and made the list of A+ Schools for B Students. The magazine published the rankings in September.

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  • RWU Law Professor David Logan Honored for Social Justice Contributions

    Social justice organization Rhode Island for Community and Justice recently honored RWU Law Professor David Logan at its 63rd Annual Community and Justice Awards for “making Rhode Island a more inclusive state for all,” via his work to promote civil rights, diversity, and law in the public interest. The nonprofit cited Logan’s work as dean of the law school to effectively diversify the student body, faculty, and administration; to expand community through the Immigration Clinic and the Business Start-up Clinic, whereby students partner with law firms to represent immigrants seeking permanent residence in the U.S. and provide transactional legal services across Rhode Island, respectively.

    On a national level, Logan has also been recognized by the NAACP and was a recipient of the American Association of Law School’s Deborah L. Rhode Award for his efforts toward diversity and public service in higher education.

    “David continues to advocate for social justice, most recently calling attention to the need to diversity the ranks of judges in our state,” RICJ stated in a news release. “We are honored to
    present him with the 2015 Community and Justice Award for his outstanding and tireless contributions to social justice.”  

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