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    MPA & MS in Leadership Programs Present Innovation by Innovators Conference on March 8

    The MPA and MS in Leadership programs at RWU present "Innovation by Innovators Conference: Highlighting Innovations in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors" on Wednesday, March 8 at the RWU Providence campus. Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Leadership Programs, in Association with the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (RIASPA), are hosting a series of events leading up to the celebration of Public Service Week in May, with the theme of “Innovation in Public Service."

    The conference will be held on the fourth floor in room 434 of the RWU Providence Campus, One Empire St., Providence, RI 02903.

    This event will begin at 5:30 pm., starting with snacks and networking with attendees. The program starts officially at 6 p.m. The keynote address will be delivered by Maria Kasparian, executive director of Edesia, a non-profit social enterprise based in Providence, RI. Her address will highlight the innovative work of the nonprofit organization which utilizes highest quality ready-to-use foods (RUFs) to in help third-world countries like Liberia. Edesia annually produces and exports over 9,000 metric tons of products, which it ships to over 45 countries in partnership humanitarian players including UNICEF, the World Food Programme and USAID. The organization supports research and development to improve products and their distribution models; local producers of RUFs in the developing world; and engages in education and advocacy around global hunger and nutrition. 

    Also presenting on the topic of "Innovations in Public Service" will be Meghan Grady, chief operating officer of YWCA Northern Rhode Island. She has been recognized as an “Outstanding Graduate” at Roger Williams University. 

    The evening will end at 7:15 PM. Networking along with question and answers will be held at that time. 

    The conference is an important event in the programming year of the MPA and the MS in Leadership programs. The conference brings together students, community members, elected leaders, faculty, and professionals in the field of public administration. Anyone interested in exploring more about the innovations in organizations like these should plan to attend. Meet professionals in public service who can answer questions during the conference.


    Full Schedule of Ash Wednesday Services on March 1

    The 2017 Lenten Season will commence with Ash Wednesday on March 1. The Office of Spiritual Life will host five services on campus throughout the day to which members of the community are most welcome. 
    Please note: The "Ashes on the Run" service will start at 7:00 a.m. and continue through 10:00 a.m. this year in the Lower Commons. Want to receive ashes but in class or the office all day? Stop by for “Ashes on the Run” first thing in the morning. The Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain, will offer the "Ashes on the Run" service. 
    Catholic services will be hosted by  the Catholic Campus Ministry at 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m., in the University Library's Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.
    Ecumenical service will be hosted by the Rev. Cleo Graham, Affiliated Protestant Chaplain, at 5 p.m. in the Campus Recreation Center's Conference Room 237. 
    For more information, please contact the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup at or x3433.


    Fundraiser to Benefit Swim Empowerment Program for Inner-City Youth at RWU Pool on Feb. 26

    In an effort to raise money for Stages of Freedom, a non-profit organization based in Rhode Island, there will be a fundraiser swim meet that will be held at the Roger Williams University pool on Sunday, February 26 at 9 a.m. All funds collected will be donated to Stages of Freedom's Swim Empowerment Program, which puts inner-city youth into swimming programs at the YMCA who would otherwise not have access to. 


    Student Commencement Speaker Applications Accepted through March 10

    Attention RWU Community – Please help us find the 2017 student commencement speaker! Do you know seniors who are strong public speakers, good writers and have something interesting to say about their time here at RWU? If so, please encourage them to apply so that we can create a competitive pool of student speaker applicants.

    Applications are available now and can be picked up at the following offices:
    Office of Student Life
    Department of Residence Life and Housing
    Student Programs and Leadership
    Commencement website

    The deadline to submit the completed application is Friday, March 10 at noon. We hope you will share this information with your students. If you have questions, please contact Renee Danho, Office of Student Life, at


    How to Use PDQ@RWU As Your Own Resource

    Do you have an event on campus that you want people to know about? Or have an announcement to share with the RWU campus community?

    As a part of the Roger Williams community, PDQ@RWU is your resource to post university events and announcements that have broad appeal to the primary audiences on campus – students, faculty and staff. Events and announcements on PDQ@RWU are user generated – which means it’s up to you to add your event to the calendar or submit an announcement.

    Events must be open to attendance by anyone in the RWU community, and in some cases, the greater public. A campus announcement must be informational in nature and intended for the campus community.

    Not all events and announcements, however, will qualify for publication. For example, because club meetings represent a small audience on campus, those are not published to the University Events calendar; and solicitations via campus announcements are not accepted.

    So how do you know if you should submit an event or a campus announcement?

    Whether it’s a pep rally, art show or lecture hosted by an academic department, if it takes place on campus at a scheduled time and date, then it’s an event. Submit an event listing here to ensure that your event will appear on the University Events calendar and in the appropriate edition of the PDQ Pulse. (For more on the PDQ Pulse, read here.)

    A campus announcement is a vehicle to send messages to the RWU community. It’s a way to inform students about a Fulbright Fellowship opportunity or an on-campus internship or work-study position. To update the campus community when a facility’s regularly scheduled hours of operation will change, or communicate the deadline for submitting study abroad applications. Campus announcements can be submitted here for inclusion on both the Campus Announcements page of PDQ@RWU and for one-time publication in the PDQ Pulse.

    Now that you know, submit your events and announcements today! For more on the policies and guidelines, read here.


    Outbound and Inbound Shuttle Service for Spring Break

    The University provides FREE outbound shuttle service when the residence halls close to Greyhound Bus terminal, Amtrak, Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus Terminal and TF Green Airport and the New London Ferry Reservations are required.

    Complete the online Outbound and Inbound transportation forms Scroll down to "Outbound Shuttle Transportation Spring Break." 

    Outbound transportation departs from the Main Shuttle Shelter when residence halls are closing.

    Inbound Shuttle Transportation pick up order is as follows when there is a school break on Sunday, March 19: Shuttle pick up order: (1) TF Green, (2) Peter Pan/Bonanza Bus Station, (3) Amtrak, (4) Greyhound Bus terminal. Allow approximately 20 minutes from TF Green to the next pickup and approximately 10 minutes between the other stops. When there are no scheduled pickups at a terminal the shuttle does not stop. New London pick up is at 5PM and is a non-stop back to campus.

    Reservations are required for all Inbound and Outbound transportation when there is a university closing.


    Study Abroad Fall 2017 Applications Due on March 1, 2017

    Come to the Study Abroad Office in the Center for Global & Community Engagement (the Farmhouse) and hand in your application packets between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on March 1.