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  • Brian G. Williams Joins Roger Williams University as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing

    BRISTOL, R.I. – Brian G. Williams on Monday becomes Roger Williams University’s new vice president for enrollment management and marketing.

    Williams’ career has spanned all facets of the enrollment profession at five institutions prior to joining the RWU team. Most recently, he served as vice president for enrollment and institutional analytics at John Carroll University, a Jesuit Catholic university outside Cleveland. And he served as Providence College’s dean of enrollment services from 1998 to 2006.

    “Brian is on the cutting edge of how best to recruit students in a world where almost everything is done online,” RWU President Donald J. Farish said. “But he also has a reputation of being a great team leader and team player. We are delighted to welcome Brian back to Rhode Island.” 

    Since the early 1990s, Williams has worked across admission, financial aid, student retention, assessment, data analytics and institutional strategic planning. His approach to enrollment management embraces strong analytic competency with service excellence to create a campus culture focused on recruiting the future alumni for RWU.

    "I am really energized to join the Roger community,” Williams said. “Since my first interactions with the campus and the enrollment team, I believe now is such an important time in the school's growth to deepen its enrollment management and planning culture. I hope to work across campus and help every member of the community see how they act as partners in enrollment success and in our service to our students.”

    Williams earned a doctorate of management degree in 2016 from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. His dissertation focused on the effects of visual analytics on organizational decision making behavior. He often presents at the regional and national level on the strategic use of data visualization and analytics in enrollment management.

    In addition to his doctoral degree, Williams earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Hampshire.

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  • Fall Season Places RWU Athletes in Top Three Ranking for CCC Men's and Women's All-Sports Trophies

    After the completion of the 2016 fall season, the Roger Williams University Athletic Department sits in third place of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Women's and Men's All-Sports Trophy.

    The women's athletic program at Endicott and the men's program at Wentworth lead the 2016-17 Commonwealth Coast Conference All-Sports Trophy race. 


    Right behind Endicott is the University of New England, which earned 30 points across four sports including 10 points each for winning the women's cross country and field hockey championships. The Nor'easters have a 7.5 point/sport average.
    Last year's winner of the Women's All-Sports Trophy, Roger Williams sits in third in the standings with a 7.4 points/sport average. Wentworth, the 2016 CCC Women's Soccer Champions, is currently in fourth place with a 7.0 point average. Gordon is the final team in the top five averaging 6.7 points/sport.
    Western New England (6.6 points/sport), Salve Regina (5.9), and Nichols (4.25), the 2016 Women's Tennis Champion, are the next three in the table with Curry (3.5) and Eastern Nazarene (2.25) closing it out.


    The Wentworth men captured their second straight CCC Cross Country Championship, while also finishing as the runner up in men's soccer. These finishes gave the Leopards the top-spot in the All Sports Trophy standings with 19 points and a 9.5 points/sport average.
    Endicott, the 2015-16 Men's All-Sports Trophy winner, followed close behind with an 8.5 points/sport average including nine points for finishing second in the cross country championship. Western New England, which gained 10 points as the 2016-17 CCC Men's Soccer Champion, currently sits in third with an 8.0 points/sport average. Roger Williams (7.0 points/sport) and Gordon (6.0) close out the top half of the table in the fourth and fifth spaces, respectively.
    The University of New England finishes the fall in sixth place with a 4.25 points/sport, while Curry and Nichols complete the season tied for seventh with both schools earning 4.0 points/sport. Salve Regina (2.75) and Eastern Nazarene (2.5) close out the standings.

    The All-Sports Trophies have been awarded annually since 2013-14 to the schools that perform the best across the board in league competition.

    In each sport, points are awarded based on CCC championship and CCC runner-up finishes in the conference tournament followed by the regular season finish of the remaining teams. The CCC champion receives 10 points and the CCC runner-up receives nine points.
    The regular season finish of the remaining teams is used to determine the number of points for those programs. The team with the highest regular season finish, excluding the tournament champion and runner-up, receives eight points with the next team down receiving seven points. The process continues until all teams have been awarded points. In the event of a tie, each tied team receives the average of the sum of the spots for which they are competing.
    After the total points are calculated, points are then divided by the number of CCC sports that each school sponsors to arrive at an average score.
    The All-Sports Trophy standings will be updated again in March following the conclusion of the CCC winter season.
    - Release courtesy of the Commonwealth Coast Conference 

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  • RWU President Joins in Supporting DACA Program and Undocumented Students

    BRISTOL, R.I. ­­– Roger Williams University President Donald J. Farish on Tuesday joined more than 200 other college and university presidents in supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed some 741,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country.

    The president of Pomona College, in California, organized the effort in response to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign pledge to end the DACA program, which President Obama authorized by executive action. Farish joins with the presidents of Brown University and Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Connecticut, in signing the letter, which calls for the continuation and expansion of the program.

    “This is both a moral imperative and a national necessity,” the statement reads. “America needs talent — and these students, who have been raised and educated in the United States, are already part of our national community. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are essential to the future.”

    Farish said, “At a time of leadership change in Washington, when there is the possibility of the introduction of significant differences in policy implementation and enforcement, it is vitally important for college and university presidents to affirm long and deeply held beliefs and values endemic to the American system of higher education.”

    “Since President-elect Trump called for an end to the DACA program during the campaign and because significant numbers of DACA registrants are students at our nation’s universities, college and university presidents are urging the continuation of the program so that these students have the opportunity to complete their studies without fear of imminent deportation,” Farish said. “We want these students to know they have our support, rather than feeling that they are being abandoned to deal with this threat on their own.”

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  • RWU’s Director of Media and Public Relations Earns Excellence in Public Service Award for Political Reporting

    Roger Williams University’s director of media and public relations received the Excellence in Public Service Award from Common Cause Rhode Island at a ceremony Thursday at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.

    Prior to taking the role as the University’s director of media and public relations earlier this month, Edward Fitzpatrick had a long career in journalism, including 16 years at The Providence Journal and eight years as its political columnist. Fitzpatrick earned the award for his reporting on the importance of open and transparent government.

    The Excellence in Public Service Award is given to “public employees, members of commissions, journalists, community organizations, or individuals, whose integrity, courage or leadership in pursuit of open and accountable government exemplify Common Cause objectives,” according to the nonpartisan government watchdog group.

    “One of the best strokes of luck I’ve had in my career at Common Cause is being hired at the same time Ed was made the political columnist for the Journal,” said John Marion, director of Common Cause Rhode Island. “Over his almost eight years in that role showed himself to be a determined champion of topics ranging from ethics reform to judicial selection to public records, and Ed often turned to Common Cause as a voice on those topics.”

    In accepting the award, Fitzpatrick underscored the need for journalists and ordinary citizens alike who are dedicated to the effort of holding government accountable.

    “It is a great honor to receive the award,” said Fitzpatrick, who was joined at the ceremony by his family. “As a journalist, I often shared common ground with Common Cause. Whether the issue was access to public records or lobbying reform, merit selection for judges or a strong Ethics Commission, the goal was open and accountable government – and ultimately improving my home state. Now, I'm happy to be devoting my energy to Roger Williams University as it strives to make a difference here in Rhode Island, as this private university works for the public good.”

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  • Katrina Norvell to Lead the International Association for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement

    Roger Williams University’s Katrina Norvell has been appointed as leader of the executive board of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement (IARSLCE), a prestigious nonprofit organization committed to advancing academic scholarship through service-learning and community-engaged work.

    At RWU, Norvell is a professor in the Master of Science in Leadership and Master of Public Administration programs at the School of Justice Studies, and serves as program director of the Baccalaureate in Public Administration program at the School of Continuing Studies. Norvell is also a member of the University’s Faculty Learning Community on the Ethics of Experiential Learning.

    This will be the second consecutive term Norvell has served on the IARSLCE executive board, where she served three years as co-chair of the conference oversight committee. She is also a section editor of the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and a peer reviewer for the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.

    In 2010, she was a co-recipient of the IARSLCE Dissertation Award. Her research expertise includes community-engaged leadership, public and nonprofit management and governance, program evaluation, ethical leadership, and organizational theory and behavior.

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  • GSB's Peter Dunn '12 Captures Spot on Worcester Business Journal's '40 Under 40' List

    For his work in improving Worcester's small business community, Peter Dunn '12 was recently named to Worcester Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list of the top young professionals in the greater Worcester area. Dunn — who holds degrees in Management, Economics, and Spanish from RWU — works as business programs manager for the City of Worcester's Executive Office of Economic Development, and he serves as co-chair of the Worcester Business Resource Alliance.

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  • Grant Supports Criminal Justice Professor’s Collaborative Work with East Bridgewater Police to Stem Opioid Epidemic

    A grant donated this week will advance the work of Roger Williams University Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Sean Varano and his research partner, Stonehill College Professor of Criminology Pam Kelly, to provide technical assistance for a groundbreaking law enforcement initiative that connects opioid addicts to treatment and services in East Bridgewater, Mass. Varano and his colleague are creating a case management database and software tools for EB HOPE, a nonprofit that coordinates with the local police department and Plymouth County Opiate Overdose Prevention Task Force to focus on substance-abuse intervention and prevention in an area of the state that has reached a crisis level of opioid overdoses and fatalities.

    The $2,310 grant from Bridgewater Savings Bank Charitable Foundation will fund their research and development of evaluation tools that will provide EB HOPE with the technological infrastructure needed to build case histories of individual addicts and track their progress over time. The software will also provide the nonprofit the ability to analyze which services are working most efficiently and where change may be needed to best serve those who need help gaining control over their addictions.

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  • Kate Marshall ’13 Receives Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Award

    An English teacher who dedicates just as much time to students outside the classroom as she does in the lecture hall, Kate Marshall ’13 was recently honored as Eastern Massachusetts New Vocational Technical Teacher of the Year. Each year, the Massachusetts Vocational Association presents the award to a new vocational high school teacher who “exemplifies excellence in teaching.”

    Marshall – an English literature and secondary education graduate from Roger Williams University – teaches English at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in her hometown of Billerica. A devoted educator, Marshall’s commitment to her students doesn’t end with the close of the school day – she also coaches the junior varsity basketball team, plays tunes as the disc jockey for school dances, and serves as freshman class advisor. 

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  • MNS Faculty Member Creates Learner-Centered Textbook on Environmental Studies

    Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Loren Byrne has published a college textbook designed to engage students in hands-on activities that promote a deeper learning of environmental and sustainability studies. As editor of "Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies" – published in March 2016 – Byrne also wrote the introduction and two unique teaching activities . Among other featured educator resources, Byrne includes an exercise in which students distribute environmental amenities (such as parks) and negatively-perceived resources (like a coal-fired power plant) among themselves – which “opens a conversation about fairness and justice,” Byrne says, “as the students make the connection between justice and environmental concerns like access to greenspace and proximity to pollution, which have been found to be distributed unequally in real-world communities.” With few collections of instructional resources available that are focused on sustainability studies, Byrne aims to provide a one-stop source for teaching ecological concepts, scientific analysis and more through practical and comprehensive active learning exercises.

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  • Biology Faculty Member’s Book Examines Why Some People Dispute Evolutionary Science

    In a recently published book, Avelina Espinosa – associate professor of biology and coordinator of biotechnology programs at Roger Williams University – examines how religion and faith-based beliefs cause some people to reject the concept of evolution. “Measuring the Evolution Controversy: A Numerical Analysis of Acceptance of Evolution at America’s Colleges and Universities” – coauthored by Espinosa and Guillermo Paz-y-Miño-C, an evolutionary biologist and co-director, along with Espinosa, of New England Science Public at RWU – comprises the authors’ research into attitudes toward evolution at high-education institutions, with detailed analysis into the social, economic and political backgrounds of those who dispute evolutionary science versus those who accept it as scientific fact.

    The authors say that the root of the “evolutionary controversy” is an antagonism between personal religious convictions and the understanding and acceptance of science and evolution. The book includes more than 100 data tables, maps and more from information the authors collected over seven years.

    According to Niles Eldredge, curator emeritus of paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, “the authors deftly analyze their data drawn from institutions of higher learning in the United States and particularly New England – which stands as a microcosm of the rest of the country, and indeed elsewhere in the world. It is their scientific approach to these issues which makes this book stand out as a uniquely original contribution.”

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