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RWU Kicks Off Weeklong Celebration of Student Academic Achievement

Photo by: Julie Brigidi, OGGI Photo


BRISTOL, R.I. – It could be argued that every day at a university is a celebration of academic ardor. With that guiding sentiment, Roger Williams University is set to kick off a weeklong salute to students and their scholastic successes with first annual Student Academic Showcase and Honors (SASH) program.

“SASH is about celebrating student achievement and having their voices heard,” said Dean Peter Deekle, who serves as advisor to the Honors Program at RWU in addition to his duties as head of the University Library.

The weeklong series includes the 12th annual academic showcase – an adjudicated exhibit of undergraduate and graduate work – as well as the addition of an Academic Symposium, which will provide students an opportunity to share their work via a series of panel presentations spanning the campus. The symposium will also feature a distinguished lecture from entrepreneur, CEO and NASA astronaut candidate Ryan Martin, whose company, Florida Sustainables, is at the leading edge of green plastics development.

Supporting students in their efforts to present their scholarship at conferences across the country has become an enhanced effort at RWU in recent years. This year, the Provost’s Office provided more than $50,000 to send students to conferences off campus, according to Associate Provost Robert Cole. SASH is an opportunity for many of those students – and others – to bring their research back to the Roger Williams campus to share with their peers.

Wednesday’s Academic Symposium will feature work from students across the disciplines; undergraduate and graduate students will present on topics ranging from immigrant experiences and gender relations in the U.S. military to environmental management and textual analyses of popular culture works, among others. A number of students will present on a variety of service learning projects from the past year, and a series of creative presentations by student writers, musicians and actors will round out the day.

The schedule for SASH 2013 is as follows:

  • Academic Showcase
    Friday, April 19 to Friday, April 26
    7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, University Library
    Additional venues across campus will also display student academic work
  • Roger Williams – the Man and the Legacy
    Monday, April 22
    2:00 p.m.
    Global Heritage Hall G01
  • Student Academic Symposium
    Wednesday, April 24
    10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Global Heritage Hall and School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation
    Click here for a detailed schedule with specific locations.
  • Earth Fest
    Wednesday, April 24
    11:00 a.m.
    D’Angelo Common
  • Theatre Main Season Series IV: “Avenue Q”
    Wednesday, April 24
    7:30 p.m.
    Performing Arts Center (The Barn)
  • Awards, Recognitions and Closing Reception
    Thursday, April 25
    3:00 p.m.
    Global Heritage Hall Atrium

SASH is sponsored and organized by the University Honors Program, Alpha Chi Honor Society, the Dean of Libraries and the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. All events are free and open to the public. Students are especially encouraged to attend the Academic Symposium to support their peers.