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Boats, Books and Bivalves: RWU Magazine Issue #8

Whether it's mucking local oyster beds with "Oyster Steve" or a firsthand account of standing tall atop a 164-foot wind turbine, the latest issue of RWU Magazine is rife with stories that bring readers right into the action happening on campus and in the community. As always, we invite you to read at home and online -- and let us know what you think! Email to share your reactions to the current issue and story ideas for the next one.

For those of you looking for extra reading material, here are some stories that required space beyond the pages:

  • Junior English literature and creative writing major Chelsea Silva detailed her winter intersession trip to Petersfield, Jamaica, with her psychology class in a conversation with Don Farish in "Off the Script." Here is an unabridged transcript.
  • With campuses tucked into downtown Newport and the Bristol Marine Trades Park, the IYRS school for aspiring boatbuilders and maritime technology experts has partnered with RWU to provide its students with a broad and comprehensive education. Terry Nathan, president of IYRS, shares his take on the partnership ("a natural fit," he says) and why the U.S. needs both thinkers and doers in this extended version of the Community Partner Spotlight.
  • Alumna Nikki Haylon '12 may have the coolest job title among her friends: as Minister of Creative Content for Boston-based startup Libboo, Haylon shares her picks for e-books that all literary enthusiasts should read. 
  • While many schools are shuttering journalism programs, Roger Williams has taken up the torch to formalize the journalism major and reimagine it to meet the demands of the digital age of storytelling. Leading the way are faculty members Paola Prado, Ted Delaney and 2012 NENPA Journalism Professor of the Year Michael Scully.
  • They may be small and oddly shaped, but in the coastal waters of Rhode Island the oyster was once king. Efforts to restore the wild oyster population are growing, thanks to the Oyster Gardening and Restorationg Enhancement program operated out of the RWU Center for Environmental and Economic Development as well as a dedicated volunteer staff of oyster gardeners across the state. The photo slide show is enough to make you want to join!
  • Read about 1983 graduate Walter Ramos's personal commitment to public health initiatives on Page 38, then click here to read about the new public health minor at RWU.
  • As part of her senior thesis on the benefits of wind energy, Kathleen Kiely '13 climbed 162 steps to stand atop the Portsmouth Abbey wind turbine. She chronicled her experience in a feature-length essay, which she made available here.