SUMMER IN RHODE ISLAND!!

SUMMER IN RHODE ISLAND!!

Hello Everyone!!

Last time I blogged there was a foot of snow and ice on RWU’s campus. I always enjoy a ski trip to Vermont from time to time, but I am sure most of you agree that summer could not come fast enough.

If you are visiting RWU’s campus this summer, I highly recommend visiting the historic downtown of Bristol. Roger Williams University is located only a few minutes away and you will be pleasantly surprised of what Bristol has to offer. Visit Historic Bristol to learn more about one of New England’s hidden treasures.

If you cannot get enough of the beautiful coastline of Rhode Island I recommend traveling only 30 minutes up the road to Newport, RI. Newport has its own feel with fine dining, shopping on Thames Street and scenic walking tours of historic mansions. If you feel adventurous you can always make reservations on one of the many sailboats that offer tours of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay.

Lastly, when leaving RI and if time allows I recommend visiting Providence, RI. Providence has its own shopping on Thayer Street, Federal Hill for Italian food dining and WaterFire which I always take advantage of over the summer.

PS. Visit our campus visit page to sign up for a student guided campus tour!!

Newport Bridge

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The Ultimate Rhode Trip!

The Ultimate Rhode Trip!

Hey Everyone!

So a couple of weeks ago I had one of the best few days of my professional career. What did I do you ask? Well, let me fill you in! I co-chaired the Rhode Island Association of Admissions Officers Guidance Counselor Tour with Cassie from Bryant University. We hosted forty counselors from across the country to come and visit all ten schools in lil’ Rhodey. The week was jam-packed, and it was really a blast.

I was lucky enough to tour all the schools as well, and let me tell you, I felt like I was back in my college-searching days. It gave me a whole new prospective on many schools that I thought I knew a lot about. Just goes to show the value of touring campuses, I guess. I even bought a couple t-shirts from other schools’ bookstores (just don’t tell my boss, ok?) Another great part of this tour was the food. Each school hosted us for either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I must say that by the end of the week I must have gained five pounds… You would think there would be a lot of competition between the different schools, but it’s not really the case. We pretty much all know each other and all want to see students find the school that’s the right fit for them.

It wasn’t all business though; we did some other pretty cool things during the week. We took a bus tour of Newport given by the FANTASTIC Ron Heroux, who gave so much insight and information about the area (again, so much stuff I had no idea about!) We also had two evenings out in Providence where we were joined by a bunch of our colleagues from the other Rhode Island Colleges and Universities.

RIAAO

I met some really great counselors from places like California, Vermont, Massachusetts, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. On both a professional and a personal level, these were some of the most fun, interesting, and dedicated people that I have met. They’re a group that I truly hope to keep in contact with over the years. See, your guidance counselors are out making their college visits, isn’t it time you did the same? If you’re interested in touring Roger Williams University, you can register here. Come by and say hello!

See you on the Quad!

Justin

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Acceptance Calls-Have you heard from us yet??

Acceptance Calls-Have you heard from us yet??

Hi All!
My name Kathy Toro… It’s my first year as an admissions counselor at RWU!! I started in October and began recruiting in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. I loved travelling to different high schools meeting with students and counselors who wanted to know more about RWU!! I truly enjoy helping students and their families during the college application process.

It was not that long ago that I was in your shoes… I definitely understand how hectic that process can be. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in May 2009. Oh… did I mention I am a Rhode Island native as well? If you want to know about an awesome hang out spot then Thayer street in Providence is the place to go. There is a great variety of restaurants and stores to choose from. I recommend you check it out!!! You must have a wrap from East Side Pockets!!!

On top of reviewing applications, making decisions and all those great things we do in admissions the admissions team has also tried their very best to call every accepted student. If you haven’t heard from us yet… be sure to answer your calls!! It has been rewarding to tell a student of their acceptance over the phone. The reactions definitely make all the hard work pay off at the end!!

With these phone calls, we are congratulating you and following-up with any questions you may have. We hope to see you at Accepted Students Day on March 6th.

But know that you can always call us at the office…. (800) 458-7144 ext.3500!!!

By the way, our application deadline is coming up on February 1st!! So hurry and apply!!!

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RWU in the News

I’m not sure if y’all keep up with the local newspapers, but RWU students have been all over the news recently–in a good way :) Over 20 members of the RWU community–male AND female took to the streets in Providence to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.” The annual walk in Downcity puts men of all ages into heels to literally walk a mile and raise awareness for domestic violence. The Pictures are hilarious.

RWU’s group SAFE (Sexual Advocacy for Everyone) helped organize a statewide rally to combat bullying. They called the project, RISEE (Rhode Island Students Embracing Equality), and held a candlelight vigil on the steps of the statehouse in Providence. The President of SAFE, Lisa Pellecchia, was even featured on the local news!

As you know, October is breast cancer awareness month. Students from across campus held fundraisers, from bake, t-shirt and balloon sales to walking in the Making Strides events. Students raised over $1300 for the cause, and had a great time doing it.

For the second year in a row, shaving your head has become the in thing at RWU. It happens during Homecoming weekend, and all the proceeds go to support St. Baldrick’s as a way to conquer childhood cancer! Students shave their heads in solidarity with kids fighting cancer, and family and friends give generously – worldwide. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation uses the donations to fund more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the United States Government. Last year, RWU raised over $4,000.

And…if you haven’t heard of him yet…you probably will soon. Brendan Legare is a freshman at RWU, and has been helping to raise funds for an orphanage in Kenya. He even traveled there last summer to meet the kids and spend time volunteering. He’s trying to bring a new club to campus, My Turn, to raise awareness and funds for children living in poverty.

Way to go RWU!

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Fall Beginnings at RWU

Fall Beginnings at RWU

Two notable events marked the beginning of the new school year.

The freshmen arrived the last weekend of Aug. to sunny skies. The following Monday morning, several days before the upper classmen arrived, they were off on the traditional Community Connections experience. The 1,282 student volunteers in their yellow tees were broken up into smaller groups along with 157 site leaders to volunteer at predestinated projects around R.I. and southeastern Mass.

I live six miles from campus in Tiverton where a group of young men spent the day at Ft. Barton pruning trees and widening walkways. Ft. Barton stands high above the Sakonnet River and was used as a strategic lookout for British warships sailing up the river in 1777. Today it is a beautiful walking area of many trails. It happens that my neighbor heads up conservancy in the town, and later told me that these volunteer student groups were the best workers he’s ever had.

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Time flies…like woah!

Soooo sorry.  I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since my canoe trip!  For starters–none of the canoes tipped, which was great because Sunday was cold and rainy.  So we paddled as fast as we could, got off the river and decided to hit up Cafe Noche for some Mexican.  Yum.

Anyway, so I’m sorry it’s been so long, but things are crazy around here. Awesome, but crazy.  Let’s see…it’s been move-in, Weeks of Welcome, Community Connections, the first (and second, and third, etc) day of classes, the Involvement and Study Abroad Fairs, two on campus farmers markets, the start of all fall sports and tonight is the pep rally and bonfire.  Phew…see why it’s been a while?

Everything has been great though. I love the start of school…I mean, it’s always sad to see the summer end, but the start of school means catching up with friends, fun concerts on (Shwayze was here for WOW) and off campus (3OH!3, HelloGoodbye and Down with Webster are playing together in Providence in October) and getting back into the whole groove of RWU.

I promise to be better, but for now…lots to do, gotta go!

B

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