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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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  • RWU Wrestlers Take Third Place at National Duals Competition

    The Roger Williams University wrestling team traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana, this week for the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Duals and placed third, with a 3-1 record. The Hawks defeated Baldwin Wallace 24-11, Ithaca College 17-15 and Concordia Moorhead 26-18. They eventually fell to No. 1 seed Wartburg. The Hawks -- now ranked No. 3 in the nation -- became the highest placing team ever from New England to place at the NWCA Multi-Divisional National Dual. For complete details on the National Duals, visit the RWU Athletics website here.

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  • Mariah Kaiser (Women's Soccer) Scores NSCAA All-American Honors

    For a second season in a row, Mariah Kaiser has been named a First Team NSCAA All-American by the National Soccer Coaches of America Association. With this honor, the junior criminal justice major from Portsmouth, R.I., became the first two-time All American from an RWU Women’s Soccer team, in addition to being the only All-American in program history. This fall, Kaiser helped the team win its second straight Commonwealth Coast Conference championship, where she earned the overall lead in all major scoring categories and was named the CCC Offensive Player of the Year for a second straight season. She was also selected to play on the NSCAA All-New England Region First Team.

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  • All-Gender Restrooms on the RWU Campus

    Based on a collaborative effort involving a variety of entities and individuals on campus – Academic Affairs, Student Life, the Faculty Senate University Life Committee, Facilities, SAFE as well as students and faculty involved in related course curriculum – the University has created a set of all-gender restrooms on campus. According to an all-university email sent by Student Life to announce this, the goal of these single-stall, locking restrooms is to “provide safe, secure and comfortable restroom alternatives for a variety of users on campus, including transgender and non-binary members of our communities.” Locations for the all-gender restrooms can be found on this map on the University website:

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  • RWU Welcomes Seasoned Business Executive Christopher Santilli as New Corporate Relations Officer

    BRISTOL, R.I., – Roger Williams University has named business development professional Christopher Santilli as its new corporate relations officer, a role in which he will expand and cultivate the University’s relationships with the business community.

    Santilli brings more than 15 years of business development experience to the role and joins the University from Boston Business Journal, where he served as director of advertising. Prior to his role at Boston Business Journal, Santilli led sales and marketing at Providence Business News for 11 years, as vice president overseeing strategic planning, development of new product initiatives and community partnerships, among other initiatives.

    Santilli earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Rhode Island College and a master’s degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Rhode Island. 

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  • University Hires Tufts Assistant Jason Tower as New Baseball Coach

    The Roger Williams University Athletic Department announced the hiring of Jason Tower as the new head coach of the RWU baseball program.

    Tower comes to Roger Williams after spending the past three seasons as assistant coach at Tufts University. He specialized in coaching outfielders and hitters, assisting the Jumbos to an 8-4 mark in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in the 2015 season and a 26-10 record overall.

    Tower replaces Derek Carlson, who departed last summer to take over as head coach at Brandeis University, his alma mater.

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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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