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Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Hurley

Also inside: Our small, beautiful campus welcomes the world

William Sprague and His Women: The personalities and scandals of a juicy slice of Rhode Island history EXCLUSIVE ONLINE FEATURE AND VIDEO  |  URI.EDU/QUADANGLES


WINTER 2012–2013  |  VOLUME 20, NO. 2




12 Relentless



14 There and Back Again


From The Cigar to Wall Street to CNN, Vladimir Duthiers ’91 has come full circle.

New Head Coach Dan Hurley is transforming the men’s basketball team.


News from your classmates

CLOSEUPS 33 Joe Fletcher ’97 35 Melissa Kirdzik ’01 40 BACKPAGE

Hobby Hoarder Libby Segal ’10

More Online See the whole print issue and so much more! Follow the orange arrow icon to see exclusive online content.

Music Appreciation Richard Vangermeersch ’64: From accounting professor to librettist of William Sprague and His Women.

Rhody Postcards A chance meeting in Spain.

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Above, Vladimir Duthiers ’91 interviewing Haitian President Michel Martelly in 2011.

18 Behind the Glitz

No hurricane or economic downtown can spoil the party for Tracy Kessler ’97.

22 Destination: Kingston, USA

Bringing the world to URI prepares students for the new economy.

26 Celebration of Leaders

The 7th Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards honor alumni and friends.

28 Calling all Alumni! Who are those students on

the other end of the phone?


Dear Reader,

Thank you for the very well researched and written article [fall 2012] highlighting the wonderful work that Victor Fay-Wolfe, Lisa DiPippo, Haibo He, and Yan Sun have done in building the Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics programs at URI. I was distressed not to see women represented in the photos in the numbers that they participate in these programs. Vic and Lisa have attracted increased numbers of women to computing at URI through their cybersecurity efforts. This is no mean feat, considering that computer science and computer engineering both have very low percentages of women in their majors, and we are working very hard to reverse this. Beyond excellence in cybersecurity research and education, this group has excelled in accomplishing the diversity needed for computing professionals to succeed in solving the most difficult challenges of our time. They should be commended for this. In the future we will aim to have a representative number of women students on hand when we are photographed and hope that you will also pay special attention to this, so that the stories and photos accurately represent the diversity present in URI programs and projects. Joan Peckham Chair, Computer Science and Statistics, URI

As QuadAngles’ new editor-in-chief, I welcome your feedback. We exist to keep you informed about your alma mater and your fellow alums, but your contributions are what keep our content lively and relevant. What delighted you? What did we leave out? QuadAngles is a conversation, not a lecture. Very quickly we post comments submitted to our online version:, where you can view extra content such as videos, besides all of our print content. Letters sent via mail or email will appear in our next print issue, space permitting. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy our content and delight in the new formats you’ll see us introducing. With best wishes,

Gigi Edwards QuadAngles Editor-in-Chief e:


The editor responds: While each magazine issue strives to reflect URI’s true diversity and gender balance, it isn’t always possible to do so. We welcome opportunities to feature a diversity of people including women in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

QUADANGLES A quarterly publication of the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association, 73 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881. p: 401.874.2242. Executive Editor Michele A. Nota ’87, M.S. ’06,   Executive Director, URI Alumni Relations;   Secretary, Alumni Association


I enjoyed your back page article on Paul Geremia [fall 2012]. As a freshman at URI in 1967 from a small town in Massachusetts and living in Bressler Hall, I discovered Canto II, a coffeehouse that was open on Friday and Saturday nights in a church basement. I came religiously every weekend and helped the young pastor—whose name I can’t remember— set up and prepare for the festivities. Paul Geremia was a frequent entertainer and was always not only extremely talented but friendly, pleasant, and quite a handful for the young pastor to handle, but always treated me well in spite of being older. Years later as a senior, I rediscovered Canto II when it was being run by a fellow student, Fran Asselin ’72, and Paul was still a frequent visitor. I have a number of his albums, have had a lifelong love of music, especially the blues, and miss the atmosphere of Canto II. As an aside, I hear that he has put over 300,000 miles on his Chevy over the years going from gig to gig. One night, he and some of his friends took me along to sit in a car in a used car lot in Peace Dale and drink beer after a performance. Even then, we talked about music, and he was a walking encyclopedia of the blues even in those days. Ron Shaver ‘71 Your magazine is one of the quarterly highlights of my life, both in information (especially environmental) and visually attractive layout. I particularly appreciated and commend your article on Paul Geremia. I was in the first class to earn a degree from URI’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, and for 25 years served as director of library services at Framingham State College, but before, during and following my library career I have had—and continue—a dual mission as a jazz musician. My band, Blue Horizon (, has been acclaimed for 30 years, despite waning comprehension, largely among younger generations, of traditional New Orleans jazz style. Now at age 77, I recognize the need to reinvigorate interest in our music and its history, such as you did in reminding readers of Paul’s contributions. With my great thanks and appreciation, Stan McDonald, M.S. ‘66


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Barbara Caron Shane Donaldson ’99 Phoebe Hall Kate O’Malley Cindy Sabato Nicki Toler

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Editorial Board Kerrie Bennett, M.B.A. ’06, Interim   Executive Director, URI Communications   and Community Relations Linda A. Acciardo ’77, Director,   URI Communications & Marketing Russell Kolton, Director, URI Publications Dave Lavallee ’79, M.P.A. ‘87 Tracey A. Manni, Director of   Communications, URI Foundation Liz Prager O’Brien ’83 URI Alumni Relations Staff Chris DiSano, Specialist Jericka Fernandez, Program Assistant Robert Ferrell ’07, Program Assistant Kathleen Gianquitti ’71, M.S. ’82,   Assistant Director Shana Greene ’95, M.S.’97, Assistant Director Lisa Harrison ’89, Executive Assistant Sarah Lobdell ’96, Associate Director Mary Ann Mazzone, Office Assistant Kate Serafini ’08, Specialist Gina Simonelli ’01, M.S.’03, Assistant Director Alumni Association Executive Board

Joseph M. Confessore ’96, President Louise H. Thorson M.B.A.’85, President-elect Donald P. Sullivan ’71, Past President Susan R. Johnson ’82, Vice President Kathleen P. O’Donnell ’90, Vice President Benjamin W. Tuthill ’04, Treasurer

Alumni Association Councilors-at-Large

Laurel L. Bowerman ’77, M.B.A. ’84 William M. Dolan III ’81 John Finan ’80 Colleen Gouveia M.B.A.’98 Tyrene A. Jones ’10 Brina R. Masi ’01 Gregory S. Perry ’88 Edwin R. Pacheco ’05 Darran A. Simon ’98 Christos S. Xenophontos ’84, M.S.’85

Alumni Association Representatives Arts & Sciences Catherine Gagnon ’98, M.M.’03 Business Administration Jordan Kanter ’99, M.S.’00 Feinstein Continuing Education Edward Bozzi Jr. ’68 Engineering Daniel G. Lowney ’75 Environment and Life Sciences Catherine Weaver ’82, B.L.A.’96 Human Science & Services Christine S. Pelton ’84 Nursing Denise A. Coppa ’72, Ph.D.’02 Pharmacy Henrique “Henry” Pedro ’76 Faculty Senate Andrea L. Yates ’94, Ph.D.’06 Student Senate Stephanie Segal, Class of ’13 Student Alumni Association Merita Nezaj, Class of ’13 URI Foundation Thomas J. Silvia ’83 The URI Alumni Association informs and engages current and future alumni as committed partners of the University, its mission and traditions.



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PRESIDENT’SVIEW The value of partnerships in economic development At a White House forum in the fall, I was privileged to be invited with other higher education officials, venture capitalists, and government agency representatives to discuss what is, in fact, one of today’s most critical topics: jobs and economic recovery. The forum showcased the clear link of higher education to the innovation and entrepreneurship that have fueled the nation’s economy for decades. President Barack Obama’s call for the Washington, D.C. forum demonstrates his recognition of the integral role that higher education plays in the nation’s global position and economic health. In Rhode Island, URI, along with many others, has been promoting essentially the same message. For example, at the annual Providence Chamber of Commerce dinner, Governor Lincoln C. Chafee, leaders from Brown University, Lifespan, Care New England, and others discussed how our collaboration could stimulate innovation and business development in the state’s growing health and life sciences industries. In addition, the White House forum indicated that the size of our compact state can work to our benefit. Proximity matters. Two leading research institutions—URI and Brown—allow our state to become a hotbed of major discoveries and innovation. We are positioned to leverage our resources and talent to drive economic development in Rhode Island and in the nation. Research and innovation at URI span a very wide range—from engineering to business to pharmaceutical sciences to the environment and to textiles and human services. Much of it is interdisciplinary, multilingual, and certainly multifaceted. The research and scholarship conducted is part of our core mission. Students are involved in research and


creative work, and their experiential learning is more important than ever, for graduate students and undergraduates alike. In 2012, our researchers received more than $98 million from competitive federal grants to fund 474 projects. In fact, external grants and contracts to URI have increased nearly 40 percent in the last three years. This research funding represents 14.5 percent of our total annual budget. Our state appropriation represents 8.5 percent. A recent National Science Foundation report showed in the year 2010, URI and Brown brought nearly $500 million into the state’s economy through their research in a variety of fields. Studies have shown that every $1 in research funding received by URI returns about $1.70 to the local economy. Our new partnership with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and Brown in support of the start-up accelerator Betaspring is very similar to the highly successful and welldocumented ventures discussed at the White House forum. The bottom line is that research universities, government, and the private sector, by working together, can stimulate dramatic growth. These partnerships and others foster our efforts to build a valuable teaching and research center in Providence’s Knowledge District to address growing demands for highly qualified nurses and research in biomedical fields. Rhode Island’s burgeoning “meds and eds” partnerships can leverage the efforts of the Governor and the General Assembly to move the state forward, create innovative strategies, and take actions that will promote job creation and economic growth in our state. Now the stage is set for bold, collaborative action. Working together, we can deliver new knowledge, develop and market new technologies, and use the knowledge and skills of faculty and researchers to prepare the next generation workforce and serve the needs of the state and nation. —David M. Dooley UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND  5


Welcome to URI’s newest Big Thinkers The University made a number of key appointments this past year.


Lori E. Ciccomascolo

Bruce H. Corliss

Interim Dean of the College of Human Science and Services

Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography

In July, Lori E. Ciccomascolo accepted an appointment to serve as the interim dean of the University’s second-largest college, with more than 2,400 undergraduate and 400 graduate students in six departments. She joined the kinesiology department faculty in 2002 and has served as that department’s graduate director as well as the College’s interim associate dean. She was nominated for this latest post by several colleagues and appointed by Provost Donald H. DeHayes. “I am deeply invested in this College and the success of its faculty and students,” Ciccomascolo said. “HSS is the best-kept secret at URI and beyond. We have high-quality faculty doing cutting-edge research. One of my most important goals is to improve the visibility and status of the College.” HSS has attracted millions in federal grants to improve gerontological care, science and math education in elementary and high schools, and use of technology to enhance the K­–12 classroom experience. The College is also home to some of the nation’s leading textile chemistry research. “Dean Ciccomascolo is a highly valued and respected member of the College and the greater URI community. Her long service to the College and deep understanding of its mission will serve students and faculty well,” DeHayes said.

After an international search, Bruce H. Corliss, M.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’78 began leading the academic, research, and outreach activities of URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography in September. To return here to his alma mater, where he earned two graduate degrees in oceanography, Corliss left his position as director of the Duke/ University of North Carolina Oceanographic Consortium, which comprises five universities that operate the R/V Cape Hatteras research vessel. “GSO has an outstanding record of accomplishment in oceanography and marine science based on contributions by its faculty, students, and staff over the last 50 years,” Corliss said. “I look forward to working with the GSO community to continue this tradition.” Corliss also chairs the UniversityNational Oceanographic Laboratory System, an organization of 61 academic institutions and national laboratories that work together to coordinate the activities of U.S. oceanographic research ships. In this capacity, he hosted a workshop on Greening the Academic Fleet to help make existing and future research vessels more environmentally sustainable. He also developed a speaker series for undergraduate colleges serving minority students, with the aim of recruiting students of color into the ocean sciences.

Carnell Jones Jr.

Mary C. Sullivan

Naomi R. Thompson

Director of Enrollment Services

Interim Dean of the College of Nursing

Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity

In August, following a national search, we welcomed Carnell Jones Jr. as director of Enrollment Services, where he is overseeing registration, records, billing, and financial aid services for more than 16,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students, as well as thousands of part-time students. Prior to joining the University of Rhode Island, Jones served as registrar for the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where he managed enrollment, registration, grade reporting, veteran affairs, and related matters for the school’s population of about 10,000 students. “This is a critical position that affects the services and support of our students, faculty, and staff. I am confident that Dr. Jones’s 15 years of experience and strong focus on customer service will support our efforts to enhance our one-stop office,” said Vice Provost for Enrollment Management Dean Libutti. “URI is a major player in a major area, and it’s a place where I’m looking forward to applying my energy and skills and really rolling up my sleeves. I’m very excited to join the University of Rhode Island,” Jones said.

Mary C. Sullivan, Ph.D. ’94, internationally renowned for her research on premature infants’ development, joined the University’s leadership team in September as interim dean of the College of Nursing. She has served as the director of graduate education in the College of Nursing and is a respected instructor who has overseen the longest-running U.S. study of premature infants from birth into adulthood. She is also a research scientist at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. “Mary is an accomplished nursescientist and scholar and a highly valued and respected member of the College and greater URI communities. I have no doubt that she will provide effective leadership and ensure that the College continues to move forward,” said Provost Donald H. DeHayes. DeHayes has asked Sullivan to explore innovations, directions, and opportunities that will advance the position of both URI and the College of Nursing. “I am fortunate to be leading the College as it welcomes the most academically talented and diverse freshman class in its history,” Sullivan said. “Given the critical importance of nurses in the role of health care reform, and the College’s efforts to improve the health of patients in numerous settings, URI will remain a leader locally and globally.”

Following a national search, attorney Naomi R. Thompson became the University’s first associate vice president for Community, Equity, and Diversity. Thompson will lead the University’s efforts to integrate diversity, equity, and community into its core mission, vision, and strategy. Before joining URI, she was the associate director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity at Northeastern University, where she structured a framework to address important diversity management needs, developed innovative models and programs to drive an effective diversity strategy, and implemented comprehensive recruiting, training, and talent management initiatives to improve the quality and diversity of new hires. “As we’ve outlined in our transformational goals, building a community in which every member is welcomed, supported, and valued is essential to our identity and mission,” said President David M. Dooley. “I am confident that Ms. Thompson’s years of experience, organizational leadership, and passion for these issues will help us advance this core principal University-wide.” “I am humbled and honored to have this wonderful opportunity,” Thompson said before assuming her new role in August. “I’m very excited by the University’s leadership, direction, and strategic plan. Even the evolution of this position itself … demonstrates an institutional commitment to equity, diversity, and social justice. Now I look forward to getting to work.”



Rhode Island Judicial Conference hosted at URI’s GSO campus In attendance at the Fall 2012 Rhode Island Judicial Conference were 20 URI graduates—all of whom, space permitting, would have “The Honorable” before their names. Back Row: William P. Robinson III, M.A. ’75; Edward P. Sowa Jr. ’66; Dianne M. Connor ’79; Charles J. Levesque ’77; Alan R. Goulart ’82; Michael B. Forte ’74; Francis J. Darigan Jr., M.P.A.’74; John F. McBurney III ’72; Domenic A. DiSandro III ’83. Middle Row: Robert E. Hardman ’82; Stephen P. Erickson ’73; Sarah Taft-Carter ’78. Front Row: Angela M. Paulhus ’85; Rafael A. Ovalles ’87; Kathleen A. Voccola ’72; Christine S. Jabour ’75; Susan L. Kenny ’74; William R. Guglietta ’82; Brian Van Couyghen ’78; William T. Noonan ’82.

The Rhode Island judiciary descended upon the URI Graduate School of Oceanography for its annual fall conference this year, thanks in large measure to the organizational efforts of the Honorable William R. Guglietta ’82, chief magistrate of the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal. Drawing on the expertise of URI faculty members, this year’s conference focused on legal implications in marine issues, and featured presentations by Professor of Computer Science and Statistics Victor Fay-Wolfe, who spoke about digital forensics and cybersecurity, and Professor of Oceanography


Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D. ’75, who discussed ocean exploration in the waters of other countries. Holly Hitchcock, director of education programs for the Rhode Island Supreme Court, called the conference “a wonderful opportunity for the judiciary to explore the knowledge and resources available to them, and to bridge the gap between higher education and the judiciary.” Of the 75 judges and former judges in attendance, 20 were University of Rhode Island alumni, “a testament to the high quality of education URI offers,” Hitchcock said.

URI and RIC team up to enhance K-12 science More than 200 public school teachers returned to their classrooms this fall with a new enthusiasm for hands-on science thanks to a URI partnership with Rhode Island College to enhance science education in K–12 schools. Called the Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Sciences Project (RITES), the project brought K–12 teachers to URI for the fourth consecutive summer of short courses designed to expand their knowledge of science and to share


strategies for incorporating it into their curriculums. With a $12.5 million grant received in 2008 to launch the program, RITES also offers K­–12 teachers two years of professional development, various opportunities to share ideas, and free online modules to use with their students. Led by URI Professor Emeritus Daniel P. Murray and RIC Professor Glennison de Oliveira, the program has reached 450 middle- and high-school teachers in 27 Rhode Island school districts thus far. Pairing higher education faculty with K–12 teachers is a key part of the program. “The faculty member brings the science knowledge, and the teacher brings the pedagogical knowledge,” said Howard Dooley, who manages the program. “Together, they create an investigation that is technically accurate, interesting to students, and based on science standards.” According to RITES teacher Buddy Comet, “One of the main benefits for my students has been the in-class collaboration with RITES and higher education. We’ve had multiple visits from professors and graduate students to extend our students’ learning and experiences.”


College of Nursing awarded $3.8 million U.S. Senator Jack Reed and the University of Rhode Island announced on Oct. 4 that three grants totaling $3.8 million have been awarded to the College of Nursing. The largest grant will bring $2.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to nursing professors Judith Mercer (in photo, above), and Debra Erickson-Owens, Ph.D. ’09, to expand their groundbreaking research on the benefits of delaying umbilical cord clamping. The five-year grant will allow them to extend their study beyond premature babies, to determine if delayed clamping improves brain health in full-term infants as well. A three-year, $748,121 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will support URI’s new doctorate of nursing practice (D.N.P.) and acute care nurse practitioner specialization programs, both educating nurses who wish to provide advanced care to underserved elderly and minority patients. URI’s D.N.P. program is the only one offered in Rhode Island. The grant will allow the University to enroll 10 students per year, up from three, in the 42-credit program. A $686,000, two-year grant from the same agency will provide financial support to qualified, bachelor’s-prepared minority and veteran nurses who seek advanced education as primary care nurse practitioners. “More family nurse practitioners and adult-gerontological nurse practitioners will be on the front lines and able to use their knowledge and skills to improve health care quality and patient safety,” said Mary Sullivan, interim dean of the College of Nursing.

Inspiration by awardwinning author and gay activist Lesléa Newman Award-winning author of 60 books, including the groundbreaking children’s classic Heather Has Two Mommies, Lesléa Newman spent an evening in October giving two different presentations to the URI community. In the first, entitled “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard,” Newman gave an antibullying presentation about Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay student from the University of Wyoming who was brutally murdered in 1998. In the second, Newman gave a fiction reading of her award-winning short story collection A Letter to Harvey Milk, which was recently read on National Public Radio by Carl Reiner as part of the series “Jewish Stories from the Old World to the New.” Newman has been a gay activist for more than 20 years, and she has received the James Baldwin Award for Culture Achievement, the Continuing the Legacy of Stonewall Award, and the Hachamat Lev Award for “enduring commitment to justice and full inclusion for GLBT people in the Jewish community and beyond.”



Head Coach Jim Foster (left) and Jeff Cammans ’12 receiving BoSox award.

Baseball Team Honored Again by Bosox Club For the second time in the last four seasons, Rhode Island was recognized as the Top-Ranked Division I Baseball Team in New England by the BoSox Club, the official booster club of the Boston Red Sox. Last season began tragically with the death of redshirt freshman pitcher Joey Ciancola. With “In Memory of Joe Joe” bands on their wrists and #5 dog tags around their necks, the Rhody baseball players attacked every task with a newfound sense of dedication and inspiration. The Rams put together a 33-25-1 season, finishing third in the Atlantic 10 with a 16-8 conference record. They also spent five weeks as the top-ranked team in New England, were twice named College Baseball Insider’s Northeast Region Team of the Week, and were an honorable mention for National Team of the Week in mid-April. Nine different Rams earned postseason honors, highlighted by sophomore Jeff Roy, who became the sixth Ram ever to earn All-America honors. He also collected Atlantic 10 Player of the Year accolades, while Jeff Cammans ’12 was selected as the NCBWA District I Player of the Year— Rhode Island’s first player ever to earn the distinction. 


Women Team Up for Charity The Rhode Island rowing, women’s cross country, and women’s track and field teams spent a Saturday afternoon in August gutting a home in Matunuck in the name of charity. The student-athletes and coaches from the three teams worked to remove all of the windows, doors, cabinets, sinks, and other household items at 123 Succotash Road. Homeowners Karen Kames and Chris Gaffney are rebuilding their home, and they agreed to donate the items to South County Habitat for Humanity. All of the items were taken to the South County Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Charlestown, to be tagged and sold. Proceeds from the sale of the items go

directly to funding a Habitat for Humanity project on Old North Road. The home on Old North Road is one of four being built through a project led by the Rev. Lynn Baker-Dooley, wife of URI President David M. Dooley. The goal is to have one of the homes built entirely by women. “What’s really cool about this project is that we had a great group of women,” rowing senior Lotte Sherman said. “The fourth Habitat for Humanity house is being built by women for women. The home we were working in is owned by a woman, and the fact [that] we had all these women here helping move the furniture and supplies is great.”


Ryan Mattison

Football Team’s Marrow Program Continues to Save Lives The University of Rhode Island football team continues to save lives through its annual bone marrow registration drive on behalf of “Be the Match” and the National Marrow Donor Program. In October, assistant football coach Ryan Mattison became the third member of the URI athletics family to save a life through a marrow donation. Mattison was found to be a match for a young child and underwent a procedure to extract marrow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He joined senior football player Matt Greenhalgh and former URI women’s rower Grace Rignanese ’12, who both had made donations in the previous 18 months. Greenhalgh donated for an adult male in April of 2011 and got to meet his recipient in August, while Rignanese donated for an 18-year-old girl last January. Mattison, who joined head coach Joe Trainer’s staff in February, helped recruit people to register for the marrow drive last April. However, it wasn’t until talking with Trainer during the drive that

he signed up as a potential donor, a decision that very well may have saved the life of his recipient. “I am a faithful person, and I believe things happen for a reason,” Mattison said. “If I don’t get hired to coach here, this doesn’t happen.” Mattison said the only reservation he had was that he got the call to make the donation during Rhode Island’s season. “Coach Trainer eliminated that reservation right away,” Mattison said. “When I told Coach Trainer about the situation, he was on board. That put me at ease. I am committed to this football program and this team, but you are talking about saving a life here.” A fourth donor match through the drive will happen in late November. Sophomore football player John Greenhalgh, the younger brother of Matt, learned he was a match and is scheduled to donate his marrow near the end of the football season. “It’s amazing when you think about it,” John Greenhalgh said. “What are the odds? Four matches overall, and two of them are brothers? I’m really excited at the opportunity to make someone else’s life better. It’s pretty humbling when you get that call.”

Rams Swim Across America For the third straight year, Rhode Island swimmers participated in the Swim Across America–Rhode Island Open Water Swim, held at Narragansett Bay in Roger Wheeler Park on Sept. 8. The team raised a total of $5,540 for cancer research, prevention, and treatment, benefiting Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. To date, $110,612.77 has been raised for the Rhode Island campaign. “This was a great opportunity early in the school year for us to come together as a team and to raise both money and awareness for a great cause,” said junior swimmer Kiki Wasserman.

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It’s 8:45 a.m. on October 17, and Dan Hurley is walking into Keaney Gymnasium for the fifth official day of practice with the URI men’s basketball team. He is dealing with a hoarse voice and, like so many other Rhode Islanders in the morning, carrying a cup of coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. For the next three hours, Hurley will set out upon a calculated itinerary of coaching, encouraging, correcting, and teaching with the 15 student-athletes wearing the blue and white practice gear. Each practice ­session begins with a goal, follows a ­minute-by-minute plan, and ends with a solution: becoming better than the day before. The principles that guide day five do not differ from those of the previous 211 days since he was named the 19th head basketball coach in URI history. Every day poses a challenge. That challenge is taken on by the coaching staff and, this morning, taken out on the players. The whistle blows after a botched shooting drill. “On the line,” Hurley instructs: time to punctuate the moment with a few wind sprints. Practice continues, and the whistles sound off at the miscues—not enough talking on defense; four dribbles taken in a drill that allowed only three; an errant pass made worse with bad body ­language. On the line again. “Our culture is development-demanded, and it’s not for everyone,” Hurley says. “We hold a high standard. You have to be willing to do it the right way in all areas of your life. You have to pay a price to play in our program. That had a huge impact on who stayed, who left, and who we’ll be bringing in through our recruiting.” A visit to Hurley’s office in the Ryan Center provides a glimpse of his many achievements. Conversation with him reveals his knowledge and passion for teaching the game, combined with a laserlike focus on details, a razor-sharp wit, a low tolerance for distraction, and an

uncanny ability to get the most out of everyone associated with his program. “We are starting to establish our expectations in terms of pace and tempo in the gym, weight room, and classroom,” Hurley says. “It has to be a total buy-in for our players, because this is probably the hardest thing they have ever done and the hardest they have ever worked. “We are teaching guys how they will exist in our program, how they will be micromanaged socially, academically, and athletically,” Hurley adds. “We’re on them every single second of the day.” Hard work is a Hurley trademark. Growing up in Jersey City, N.J., Dan and his brother Bobby—now serving as associate head coach at URI (center in photo below)— were standouts for St. Anthony High School, playing for their father Bob Sr. Memorialized in Adrian ­Wojnarowski’s New York Times bestseller The Miracle of St. Anthony, the story of New Jersey’s first family of basketball has become legend. Over the past 40 years, Bob Hurley Sr. has won more than 1,000 games, 27 state parochial titles, and 26 state championships, with seven undefeated seasons. While playing for their Hall of Fame father, the brothers were exposed to a ­basketball culture that would take their game to the highest levels of the sport. It also taught lifelong lessons—ones that shaped their successful playing and coaching careers.

Dan Hurley jokes that, early in his playing career at Seton Hall, he knew he was destined to coach. “My first game in the Big East was against Georgetown,” he recalls. “I pulled up for a jump shot, and both Alonzo ­Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo jumped to block it. I’m not sure which guy got it, but it went about 20 rows up into the stands. That’s when I knew my future in basketball was in coaching.” Hurley enjoyed a fine collegiate career, eclipsing the 1,000-point mark while ­helping the Pirates advance to two NCAA


You have to be willing to do it the right way in all areas of your life. tournaments during one of the strongest periods in the history of the Big East. In his first trip to the Big Dance, Dan Hurley and Seton Hall advanced to the Sweet 16, taking on Duke and Bobby Hurley. A photo of the two Hurleys going head-to-head—certainly not for the first time—sits on the desk of Dan’s Ryan Center office. “It is a family story for us,” he said in an interview with the New York Post. “It has been real neat spending every waking minute together. It is almost like when we were growing up.”

Dan Hurley’s first foray into college coaching was anything but “neat.” After his graduation from Seton Hall in 1996, Hurley joined the coaching staff at Rutgers. Who better to tap into the rich pipeline of recruits from the Garden State? An infamous Scarlet Knights’ practice left Hurley red-faced and ultimately jaded about the college game. Soon after, a coaching change purged the entire staff. While normally a stressful time in a young coach’s life, Hurley’s departure from ­Rutgers was a giant blessing in disguise— the shiniest silver lining in the storm cloud of his coaching career. “By being a college coach, I was being a worse dad than mine was for me,” Hurley explained in The Miracle of St. Anthony. “You want to be a better dad than your father was. And that was hard. I wasn’t exactly traveling around the world doing God’s work. I was traveling around making nice money and basically being a salesman. It was pretty pathetic.” Despite his feelings about the profession at the time, his reputation as a tactician was never questioned. Rob Lanier, former head coach at Siena College and current associate head coach at Texas, saw Hurley’s stardom early on. “Danny was a better coach than anyone on the [Rutgers] staff. All his life, he had so many things ingrained in him from one of the best basketball minds in the world. Nobody taught the game better than him. Nobody thought it

better than him. From a technical standpoint, he was far superior to the rest of us.”

Hurley found solace at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, teaching American history and coaching basketball. And winning. In nine years, he registered a 223–21 overall record and became the fastest coach in New Jersey basketball history to reach the 200-win mark. Plenty of college opportunities came calling, but none piqued his interest until 2009, when he was offered the head coaching position at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. Devotion to his high school players and intense loyalty to St. Benedict’s made it a tough decision that was even more painful to explain. “He was never taught to leave. He didn’t know how,” said St. Benedict’s headmaster Fr. Edwin Leahy in a 2010 New York Times interview. Fr. Leahy knew what was coming in the phone conversation. But all he heard was hemming, hawing, hyperventilating, and finally a hang-up. “I couldn’t finish, it got so painful,” Hurley recalled. “I couldn’t contain my emotion. I said, ‘I’ve got to call you back.’”

Eventually he got through that call and took over a Wagner program that ranked near the bottom of the national standings in just about every category. The Seahawks had won just five games the previous season and had a dismal grade-point average. Hurley set about to change the culture quickly. The first season, Wagner was picked 11th out of 12 in the preseason poll but ­finished sixth. The Seahawks used their eight-win improvement—the nation’s best turnaround—as a springboard into a record-setting 2011–12 campaign. Hurley guided the team to its best-ever start (14–3) en route to a school record in wins (25). Along the way, Wagner downed #15 ­Pittsburgh, 59–54, snapping a 70-game— losing streak by Northeast Conference

teams against the Panthers. It was also Wagner’s first victory over a ranked ­opponent in 33 years. The speed of his success was significant. Dan Hurley became the hot name on every athletic director’s list. When Rhode Island began its coaching search, he was the top choice. “I didn’t anticipate that I’d be making a decision like this for several years,” Hurley explained of his move from Staten Island to Rhode Island. “It was a very difficult thing to do.” Hurley insisted on telling his team faceto-face, even if that meant waiting for spring break to conclude and delaying his official introduction at Keaney Gymnasium. No matter how difficult or uncomfortable, there is only one way to do things in the Hurley family—The Right Way.

An hour into practice, the Dunkin’ Donuts cup is half-empty. Hurley’s new drink of choice—VitaminWater—is half-full, much like his approach to coaching this season. “We want to go from being the ‘Running Rams’ to a team that is ‘Ram Tough,’” ­Hurley remarks. It is a process. Coaching. Teaching. Transformation. “My brother and I would not have left a Wagner program that was on the verge of being great—and kids we loved dearly— unless we felt we could build a program here,” he says. “We want a program that can compete every year for a championship, one that can get very used to playing in the NCAA tournament and be a major factor in March. “That’s what we came here to do. That’s what we came here to accomplish. With a total commitment by everyone involved, we believe it can be done.” —Mike Laprey


There and Back Again Journalist Vladimir Duthiers’ career has come full circle


ladimir Duthiers ’91 has heard the saying, “The key to immortality is living a life worth remembering.” It was these words, in part—oft-quoted, and variously attributed to Bruce Lee, Jesus, and St. Augustine—that led him out of a successful career in finance and back to his true passion. In September of 1987, Duthiers, the son of Haitian immigrants living in New York, came to URI as a journalism major. He quickly became involved in media, writing for The Good Five-Cent Cigar and hosting a program on the campus radio station. A keen interest in his history and political science classes eventually led him to change his major. He continued to take journalism classes, as well as military science courses as part of ROTC, but in the end, he graduated with a political science degree. After URI, it wasn’t long before the scarcity of jobs in the writing world led Duthiers to Wall Street. He would spend the next sixteen years working at AllianceBernstein, a $400 billion global asset management firm. He made his way to the helm of their Investment Professional Institute, traveling all over the world to deliver the firm’s investment research and host client engagement seminars. During his time there, Duthiers was part of an international

unit that helped generate billions of dollars in assets for the firm. Although in many ways he was living the life he had imagined for himself, traveling frequently and seeing the world, Duthiers realized that his job wasn’t really in the “immortal” category. “I started to think a lot about my time as a college student, when I wrote for the URI newspaper,” he remembers. “I had always been passionate about news.” He had grown up in a family that discussed politics, history, and philosophy at the dinner table. And he remembered the feeling he got from truly influential pieces of media. When he was at URI, he watched the civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize in an American history class. “I remember thinking, that’s what I want to do,” he says. “I want to find interesting stories, put things into perspective, and provide context so people can understand this world we live in.” Before long, Duthiers was in graduate school at Columbia University, studying broadcast journalism. Eager to get handson experience, he searched for an internship and wound up working as a production assistant for fellow URI graduate Christiane Amanpour ’83. CNN’s chief international correspondent. After earning his master’s degree from Columbia, Duthiers continued to work for Amanpour.



Previous page: Duthiers on a boat reporting from the Makoko water village in Lagos, Nigeria that was partially demolished by the government, its citizens made homeless. This page, clockwise from top: bodies stacked in the entrance of Port-au-Prince National Cemetery; Manoushka; with Anderson Cooper, anchor of CNN’s AC360, reporting from Haiti during the January 2010 earthquake. At right, clockwise from top left: on the site of a collapsed hotel where several Haitians and foreigners died; a car crushed by a collapsed building; Haiti’s National Cathedral, begun in 1884, completely destroyed by the January 2010 earthquake.

Meanwhile, on a Columbia journalism class field trip to CNN, Duthiers had also met Anderson Cooper, another well-known face. Duthiers mentioned to Cooper that he was fluent in Haitian Creole. About a month later, the 7.0 earthquake rocked Haiti in January 2010. “I got a call in the middle of the night from Anderson’s executive producer,” remembers Duthiers. He was asked to accompany Cooper to Haiti as an interpreter. “When I got to the airport,” he remembers, “I was blown away, because there were all the CNN correspondents I’d grown up watching.” He was in for an even bigger shock when they touched down in Haiti, the immense devastation at a level Duthiers had never seen before. “In Port-Au-Prince, there were just stacks and stacks of bodies piled up,” he says. “I struggled with being there to do a job as a journalist and also balancing the emotional toll. I had a common history with these people.” Anderson Cooper and his team, including Duthiers, stayed in Haiti for four weeks and ultimately won two Emmy awards for coverage of the quake. Due to his fluency in 16  QUADANGLES WINTER 2012–2013

Creole, Duthiers played a larger role in the rescue efforts than that of an ordinary journalist. He remembers clearly how a mother named Manoushka approached rescue workers, saying that she could hear the voice of her 10-year-old daughter in the rubble of a daycare center. Duthiers was asked to call out to the child, asking her to tap three times so that workers could identify her position. Although he and another worker felt they heard a response, after hours of searching, the workers concluded that no one was alive at the site anymore. “We had to tell her that her daughter had died,” says Duthiers. Running over the incident in his mind, Duthiers thought he had probably imagined the child’s response, coming weakly up from the deep rubble. But when the news team played back the footage they shot that day, a faint voice was audible in response to Duthiers’ prompting. “So there really was someone in there,” he says. This emotional time in Haiti marked the true beginning of Duthiers’ journalism career. He would go on to work as a full-

time production assistant for the CNN Anderson Cooper 360˚ show, returning to Haiti to report on a corrupt American missionary who was abusing young boys, among other stories. As a journalist, Duthiers finds himself still drawing on the lessons he learned while an undergraduate at URI. His military training through ROTC has helped him in multiple ways, both practically in how he packs his backpack when heading out to the field, and theoretically in the material he draws from when commenting on situations of conflict. His political science and history classes also still inform his work. “A lot of the professors that I was exposed to at URI helped shape my worldview,” says Duthiers. “I learned a lot about the way countries work, how governments operate and interact with each other, how the things you see on the surface are not necessarily what is going on behind the scenes. That taught me to be very critical of the power structures, which has helped me immensely as a journalist. And in this work, if you don’t have a good understanding of

the background of a country and its significant events, you are not fully embracing your responsibility as a reporter.” Currently, Duthiers is a CNN correspondent in Nigeria. He calls it one of the most challenging places in the world to report on, but also one of the most amazing. “It’s a country of 160 million people, the second largest economy in Africa, yet it has a thirdworld infrastructure, and most people survive on two dollars a day. There is a lot of religious violence, conflict around the oil industry, and the politicians are a whole different breed altogether.” Although there

were other assignments Duthiers could have taken, he chose Nigeria for the reward of being a witness to things that might otherwise be overlooked. Whether pressing Haiti’s president to crack down on child traffickers or investigating reports of Nigeria’s military supposedly shooting suspected terrorists, Duthiers is up for the challenge. “On any given day, it could be anything,” he says of his work in Nigeria. “Last week, I did a story on 25 college students who were hauled out of their dorm in the middle of the night and systematically killed by unknown people. In Amer-


ica, that story would be huge. It would dominate the press! Here it’s news but not on most people’s radar.” It is this work of bearing witness that has Duthiers finally doing something that feels worth remembering. The transition from security to living his passion has not disappointed. “I feel blessed and fortunate to be a correspondent at CNN. This is a news organization I grew up watching. There are days I need to pinch myself! And it’s a huge responsibility to report the news and give voice to the voiceless. I never lose sight of that.” —Bethany Vaccaro ’06


behind the glitz

. Event producer Tracy Kessler ’97, owner of TK New York, Inc., routinely works with celebrity superstars, but she’s never forgotten her URI roots or the basics of good customer service. In an email interview, the Stony Brook, N.Y., native shared specific URI memories, along with advice for event producers and entrepreneurs. VIDEO | URI.EDU/QUADANGLES



At right: musician Wyclef Jean brings the house down at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Below: the event “All Access” featured celebrities including P. Diddy in a weekend-long extravaganza at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City.


I started college as an accounting major but realized I was far too boisterous to be stuck behind a desk. So I changed to marketing with a minor in communications. My most memorable class was Management 410 with Professor [Robert A.] Comerford, who completely engaged us and encouraged creativity on challenging group projects that truly prepared us for the working world. I welcomed the opportunity to test all that I had learned in my four years. One night as part of my internship for the radio station, I was driving the band The Bare Naked Ladies to their concert in Providence and they asked me if I wanted to hang out backstage. I told them I had class that evening with Professor Comerford, and since it was only once a week I didn’t want to miss it, so I’d have to pass!

Rehage was starting the Voodoo Music Festival in New Orleans, and I was lucky enough to get in on the ground floor of developing this event. Through my five years with the company, I rose to vice president.


Right after graduation, I worked as a client account manager at a telecommunications company. While it was a great foray into the business world, I knew it wasn’t my life’s calling, so I began volunteering with several nonprofit organizations, including The Revlon Run/Walk for Women, produced by Rehage Entertainment. After three years of volunteering, I was offered the position of office assistant. Besides the Revlon Run/Walk,


My first large-scale event as TK New York (TKNY) was with then-publishing-powerhouse Dennis Publishing which owned Maxim, Stuff, and Blender magazines. “All Access,” as the event was called, incorpo-


rated all three magazines into a weekendlong extravaganza at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City. The weekend included over 20 different events involving appearances and performances by P. Diddy, Carmen Electra, the cast of [the TV series] Entourage, and many more. Working on this event began an eight-year partnership with Maxim magazine that has brought TKNY to the Super Bowl, the VMAs [MTV’s Video Music Awards], Mardi Gras, and events all over the country. In 2005, we were in Miami for the VMAs, producing a party for Stuff magazine. Everything was going smoothly until we heard that a hurricane was coming. The party was to take place on the back lawn of a private mansion on Star Island, and it was very difficult to make the decision to move the venue while standing on the back dock in 80-degree sunshine. But the national weather center said Katrina was going to be a big one. Meanwhile, none of our signage arrived because the courier wouldn’t fly to the area, so we found a new vendor in Tampa to reprint everything and had someone drive it down to the event. Two days and a lot of phone calls later, we had our VMA party at the Moore Space in Miami’s Design District. No one was the wiser about all that we’d had to go through to pull it off.


The Women in the World Summit is the brainchild of Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek Daily Beast, and TKNY has been lucky enough to be a part of this event since its inception. It brings together world leaders with ordinary women who are making strides to improve women’s lives in their region. This last year, at Lincoln Center, we honored the work that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton has done to better the lives of women everywhere. Actress Meryl Streep prepared a presentation for the secretary, including her Oscar as a prop (which I got to hand to her from off-stage). Following this tribute and Clinton’s inspiring speech, a young Nepalese woman named Suma performed a song about her life as an indentured servant. It was an incredible moment to witness as the summit came to an end with Suma receiving hugs from Secretary Clinton, Tina Brown, and Meryl Streep. In 2008, Major League Baseball took its All-Star game to New York, and we were hired to produce the big bash. We really wanted to outdo ourselves, so we decided on Roseland Ballroom, a large venue known for its big concerts and down-and-dirty NYC feel, but we wanted to make it “shine like the top of the Chrysler Building.” We hung over 40 giant chandeliers of varying sizes at different heights and brought in crystal weeping willow trees and illuminated them. The stage backdrop was the event logo in 3D and glitter-edging, and Wyclef Jean brought the house down along with DJ Jazzy Jeff. The bartender came up to me 20  QUADANGLES WINTER 2012–2013

and told me that in 15 years of working at Roseland, she’d never seen it look so beautiful. To this day, it is still my favorite TKNY event, as it was the first time my vision came to life exactly as I had seen it in my head. WORDS OF WISDOM FOR PROFESSIONALS

Regardless of what kind of work you are doing, how big or small the budget is, treat every client as if they are your first and only. In today’s economy, I know events are a luxury and event professionals are a dime a dozen. It’s my goal to make every client feel they got the star treatment and that their money was spent wisely. Referrals are the only way I get new business, so repeat clients are my best asset. Over the lifetime of TKNY, we have welcomed new clients each year and, unfortunately, also seen some of our clients close down or cancel events due to the economy. Through it all, TKNY has been able to adjust to the ever-changing economy by always maintaining a reputation for superior client service and a team that is willing to make things happen for our clients no matter the budget. This past year, we opened a second location on Long Island and brought on additional staff. Meanwhile, through all the celebrity and glitz, I’ve always kept a healthy nonprofit client base, because I think it’s important to give back and have an impact on the world. As we celebrate our eightyear anniversary on January 11th, I am excited to see where 2013 will take us. —Interview by Gigi Edwards PHOTOS ©MARC BRYAN-BROWN

How to Throw a Great Party: Tips From Expert Tracy Kessler ’97

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GIVE GUESTS SOMETHING TO DO other than eating and drinking. I follow this rule whether I’m doing a 3,000-person bash or my sister’s birthday party. The easiest and most popular option is a photo booth. Project the photos onto a screen during the party for everyone to see. You can splurge on a backdrop and hire a photographer, or just use your own camera. Pull out hats, scarves, sunglasses—maybe even some wigs or Halloween costumes— and guests will have a ball. They’ll be talking about it for months afterwards! In advance, create a blog or space on a social networking site where you can post the photos immediately after the event. Create little cards that match your invitation and give the URL of where to view the photos. Hand these cards out as guests are leaving, so they can enjoy the photos right away and relive the fun over and over.

Top left: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton and actress Meryl Streep speaking at the Women in the World Summit in Lincoln Center, NYC. Center: illuminated crystal weeping willow trees in Roseland Ballroom, NYC.


ESTABLISH A THEME.  This can mean simply using a color scheme, or using the occasion (such as a holiday or sports event). From beginning to end, intertwine the theme through all the elements of the party—even if you’re not working with big budgets. Pick three details to really stand out and tie back to your theme. One example is to create a custom recipe that goes with your theme. For the TK New York 5-Year Anniversary Party, we created the “T-Kila” Sunrise with Patrón L’Orange, simple syrup, club soda, and an orange peel twist. Get a plain black frame and print out the recipe on a 5 x 7 card that matches your invitation. Display this frame at the bar and you’ll be surprised how many people will try it for fun.

LISTS, LISTS, AND MORE LISTS. Write everything down—the spreadsheet is your best friend! You want to have thought through every possible scenario. Have a plan A and a plan B. The more organized you are, the calmer you’re able to remain if you have to come up with emergency plan C the day or week of the event.



Two years ago, Amandine ­Umutoni Gatali was sitting at her computer in Pretoria, South Africa, trying to figure out where to go to college. She knew she wanted to study in the United States, but wasn’t sure where. A cousin was living in Newport so, on a whim, she Googled “universities in Rhode Island.” URI popped up. She plugged civil engineering—her intended major—into the site’s search tab and liked what she saw: a combined fiveyear degree in engineering and a language, with a year studying abroad and working as an intern. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is the best thing ever,’” says Gatali. She applied two weeks later and was accepted. She also applied to colleges and universities in other states to keep her options open, but URI won her over, and in the end, she settled in the leafy village of Kingston. While the other schools were slow to respond or ignored her, URI filled her inbox with spirited emails that sent a clear message: We want you. “They were really, really helpful. I was like, ‘I’m in.’ After that, I didn’t even look at other schools,” says Gatali, now in her junior year at URI. For decades, the University has attracted international students—and professors—but now it’s going all out to welcome the world. That push comes from President David M. Dooley and Provost Donald H. DeHayes, who are trying mightily to make URI more international to prepare students for a global economy.

The University is charging ahead.

Facing page: Gatali in front of 99 international flags newly hung in Memorial Union.


First, it’s trying to offer more dual degree programs. One of the most successful pairings is Gatali’s area, the award-winning International Engineering Program (IEP), which offers a dual degree in an engineering field and a language—Chinese, French, German, or Spanish. The program is thriving: nearly all of the graduates find jobs,

some at BMW in Germany or with the Total petro-chemical company in Paris. The number of students fluent in languages other than English is on the rise, thanks in part to the dual degree programs, also in business, pharmacy, textiles, and education. More than 20 percent of undergraduates take a language every semester, and that number is expected to soar in the coming years. “We’ve witnessed an exciting sea change as we’ve expanded our language offerings,” says Winnie Brownell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We’re continuing our core programs, but we’ve also added ­Chinese, and we’re delighted that we’re about to ramp up Arabic.” The time-honored tradition of studying abroad in such far-flung places as Nepal, New Zealand, and Guatemala is still in place but being touted more vigorously, again as a way to expose students to other cultures. The University offers 200 programs in more than 60 countries. In the last three years, the number of undergraduates studying in other countries has almost doubled, from 315 to 615 students, says Dania Brandford-Calvo, director of the Office of International Education (OIE), partly because of a “desire to discover other cultures and hone professional skills” in the global workplace.

The world comes to the classroom. Through their research, URI professors from Germany, Japan, Russia, Turkey, and other countries have made their presence felt around the world; now the world is taking a seat in the classroom nearly every day. That happened this fall when Mara Trachtenberg ’96 had her digital photography students collaborate through a Skype link with students in Bangalore, India, in a class taught by Annu Matthew, a URI Professor of Art who is on a year-long ­Fulbright. Students in both countries were captivated and capped off their work with multi-media exhibits.


JUST A FEW OF URI’S INTERNATIONAL PROFESSORS… Associate Professor of German Sigrid Berka, a native of Germany, directs URI’s International Engineering Program (IEP, see main article). “International faculty bring a different perspective on life to the campus,” says Berka. Cultures have different ways of solving engineering problems, she says: the French tend to use more math; the Germans might plan ahead extensively before tackling a project; engineers from India might explore the entrepreneurial potential. “We [each] think in a different way; we do things differently,” she says. And all those differences enrich  URI. Assistant Professor of Business Administration Koray  Özpolat grew up in Turkey, lived in Kyrgyzstan, and worked for years at the United Nations in Jordan, assisting refugee camps in Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Last year his URI students won national awards for their public service announcements about the value of cash donations to relief agencies. (See “News & Views” in fall 2012 QuadAngles: Associate Professor of Music Manabu Takasawa, born  in Japan, is an award-winning pianist and the creator and director of the enormously-popular Piano Extravaganza!, an annual festival of concerts and competitions for young pianists in southern New England. Dean of the Graduate School Nasser H. Zawia, originally from Yemen, is a biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences professor who has lectured in Saudi Arabia, China, Egypt, France, and Germany about his research showing how infants exposed to lead can get Alzheimer’s as adults. In 2011, under Zawia’s leadership, the Graduate School hosted internationally renowned neuroscientist Patrick Aebischer to help launch URI’s new Interdisciplinary Neurosciences Program—just one of several international experts invited to speak at URI in recent years.

“The energy level was so high in the classroom,” says Trachtenberg, a part-time URI faculty member. “The students were really excited about how easy it is to communicate with a totally different place. Besides the technological benefits, the students learned about other kids and other countries. They’re breaking down barriers.” In an ambitious move, the University hopes to triple the number of international students. The effort got a boost last spring with the creation of the Global Steering Committee, an advisory group that advances communication throughout URI on global outreach, including recruitment. Also new on campus is the Associates in Cultural Exchange (“A.C.E.”) English Language Institute, in Taft Hall. In September, 15 international students, some from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and China, arrived to take intensive English classes with the A.C.E. institute for one or two semesters, before beginning their study program. “The more we embrace people from different cultures and backgrounds, the more we move toward a world of mutual understanding,” says Nancy Stricklin ’76, M.A. ’95, special assistant to the Provost for global strategy and academic partnerships. International alumni are on board to help as well. About 20 URI graduates living in Jordan, Brazil, Argentina, and other countries are serving as Alumni Association “International Ambassadors.” By answering questions and offering advice to international students considering URI, these alumni help with recruitment and can ease parents’ and students’ concerns about living in a foreign country.

Campus buildings reflect the global push, too. This fall, URI installed an International Hall in Memorial Union, with 99 flags representing the home countries of past and current international students. The newest residence hall, Hillside, is home to dozens of international pharmacy and nursing students.

No one could be happier with the global focus than Gatali. She grew up in Burundi and Rwanda, in central east Africa, and moved to Pretoria when she was 11, after her father got a job at the United Nations. His work on every continent except Australia inspired her to see the world. “My parents always said you need to look beyond where you are,” she says. “They always told me there’s something bigger out there than what we have.” She thought briefly about staying in South Africa for college, but her family convinced her to branch out. In 2010, Gatali and her dad made the 8,000-mile journey to Kingston. She remembers the trees, so many she wondered if she were going to school in a ­forest. Her father stayed three days. Her first few months were painful. She was homesick and rarely left her residence hall. It was her roommate, Kayla Santanella from West Greenwich, R.I., who persuaded her to get out and meet other people. Gatali discovered that she liked talking about her homeland and took pride in being introduced as, “My roommate from South Africa.”

There were odd questions (“Do you have lions in your backyard?”) and food questions (“Do you eat Pop Tarts?”) and insightful questions (“What are politics like in your country?”). Her life changed when she became an orientation leader, taking students on campus tours, coordinating diversity workshops, and advising students on classes. She learned how to speak with confidence in front of large groups; the next year, as a member of the Leadership Institute, she mentored new students one-on-one. “Now I know how to talk to students who are so different from me,” she says. “I’m international; they’re from Rhode Island. I help them with everything. We’re all scared of what the university is going to be: Are we going to make friends? How are the professors? How is the social aspect? I tell them we’re all in this together.” In no time, she says, she was “open to everything that was URI.” She joined a variety of clubs—the campus chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, the Student Alumni Association, and a multicultural group that promotes diversity. She started spending holidays with friends in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey, giving a thumbs-up to her first ­Thanksgiving turkey. She’s a resident academic mentor in her residence hall, advising younger students on courses for their majors. A sign on her door shows how far she’s come: “Leave me a message if you need any help. Also, check out my office hours.”

Above, from left: students attending International Education Week kick-off; Rhody goes global; Alice A. Odhiambo ‘11, who grew up in Kenya, ­talking to President David M. Dooley and holding flag alongside Assoc. VP Naomi Thompson.

Gatali is so comfortable she stayed at URI last summer to work in the environmental engineering lab, researching marine bacteria. She lived in an international house on campus and broke bread with students from Germany and France. “If you open yourself up to possibilities, you’ll get experiences,” she says. “You have to start with one thing and then it snowballs into something bigger.” Lately, she’s been helping the Office of Undergraduate Admission write emails to prospective students in India, South Korea, and South America, telling them how much she likes living among the trees, in a tight community with big ideas. Next year, Gatali is off to Spain to work in an engineering firm, and then it’s back to URI the following year to finish up her degree. She’s an international student studying what she loves on both sides of the Atlantic. In today’s global economy, she’ll hit the ground running. “For me, studying in another country is the best way of learning,” she says. “You learn that there are different people out there, and that there’s a different way of life. It’s not something you can learn in class. It’s something you have to experience.” —Elizabeth Rau


Celebration of Leaders “The greatest measure of the success of an institution is the success of its graduates, and by that measure I believe the University of Rhode Island truly is one of the best institutions in these United States of America.”

—URI President David M. Dooley

What happens when leaders from regional and international business, medical and health services, NASA, the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, higher education, and the CIA come together? A celebration of accomplished people with a common thread that binds them: the University of Rhode Island. URI President David M. Dooley recognized twenty such leaders at an evening of lively conversation, fine dining, and fun, held at the Newport Marriott on October 27, 2012. VIDEO AND MORE | URI.EDU/QUADANGLES 26  QUADANGLES WINTER 2012–13

2012 PRESIDENT’S AWARDS Sensata Technologies, Inc. Attleboro, Massachusetts Ernest Mario, M.S. ’63, Ph.D. ’66, Hon. ’91 Chairman and CEO, Capnia Thomas Wroe, Jr. ’72, Hon. ’06 Chairman and CEO, Sensata Technologies, Inc. Blanche R. Murray ’41, Hon. ’88 Retired Educator, Tolman High School Cornelius M. Kerwin, M.A. ’73, Ph.D. President, American University Above, left to right: Richard Pyle ‘67, M.A. ‘69, and Lourdes Martinez; Blanche Murray ‘41, Hon. ‘88, and Polly Eddy, Hon. ’87, ‘98, widow of URI President Edward D. Eddy; Mindy Agosta ‘97, Antonio Cardi, Carl Engle ‘65, and Frank Burgess ‘70; Robert Alvine ‘88 and Tina Marie Evans; Daniel May, M.S. ‘84; President David Dooley and Thomas Wroe ‘72; Cornelius Kerwin, M.A. ‘73, and Ann Kerwin





Jay Spitulnik, Ph.D. ABD, Organizational Consultant, Lifespan Learning Institute

Richard K. Pyle, Sr. ’67, M.A.’69, Ph.D. ABD, Retired U.S. Department of State, Central Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Community Therese A. Rando ’74, M.A. ’75, Ph.D. ’80, Clinical Director and Founder, The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss Douglas M. Rosie ’51, Ph.D., Assistant Provost, Chair and Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, University of Rhode Island COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Robert J. Alvine ’88, President, General Manager, Premier Subaru and Premier Kia Keith M. Moore ’74, Ph.D ’04, Managing Director, Event-Driven Research, MKM Partners


COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Carl C. Engle ’65, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Cardi Corporation RADM Daniel R. May, M.S. ’84, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SCIENCES

COLLEGE OF NURSING Kristen M. Swanson ’75, Ph.D., Dean, Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Academic Affairs, UNC Hospitals COLLEGE OF PHARMACY Dr. Keith P. Lewis ’76, Professor of Anesthesiology, Boston University School of Medicine; Chairman of Anesthesiology, Boston Medical Center GRADUATE SCHOOL

Jonathan L. Feinstein ’77, M.C.P. ’79, Senior Vice President, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Carrie Byron, Ph.D. ’10, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Captain Thomas A. Marnane, M.M.A. ’70, NavE, Retired Vice President of Logistics, Matson Navigation Company; Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Matthew Ortoleva, M.A. ’03, Ph.D. ’10, Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director, Worcester State University



John Wardle ’78, Senior Vice President of Client Services, CVS Caremark

Mary A. Voyteck, M.S. ’84, Ph.D., Director, NASA Astrobiology Program


Calling all Alumni! How does the URI Student Phone-a-thon Program make an impact? Besides raising more than $235,000 in annual fund donations for colleges and programs across campus, it helps students learn about philanthropy and provides a way for alumni to stay connected with URI.

STUDENT CALLER: April Mierez-Comissiong, sophomore nursing student from Providence.



f your phone rings in the evening anytime between October and April, it could very well be a URI student calling. It might even be April! April Mierez-Comissiong entered her freshman year in 2011 knowing she wanted to commit herself to URI by getting out of her comfort zone and experiencing new things. That is exactly what she got when she found the URI Student Phone-a-thon Program. The program plays an important role in the University’s annual giving program, the Fund for URI. Thirty current URI students, including April, are employed by the program, which reaches out to more than 50,000 alumni, parents, and friends each year in an effort to communicate current information about URI while also seeking vital support for the Fund for URI. April still remembers her first day as a caller, when she received her training, got her instructions, and was told to call as many alumni as she could. “My first call was nerve-racking,” said April. “But after a few calls I realized it was more than just asking people for money.” The more calls April made, the more comfortable she felt; conversations between her and alumni flowed more naturally as soon as she realized that it’s not all about asking for donations, but a chance for students and alumni to interact. “The alumni are really sincere and love giving back [to the school],” said April, reminiscing about the great conversations she has had in the past. “They love sharing fun and inspiring stories about their time on campus.” Along with working part-time at the student calling center here on campus, April, who is from Providence, enjoys traveling and spending time with her family while pursuing a degree in nursing. She especially enjoys talking with the nursing alums. “They offer a lot of advice,” she says. She appreciates the opportunity to talk to postgraduate students in her major as well, often asking them questions about how they got to where they are in their field today. “Honestly,” said April, “everyone is so nice and so helpful.”


April has a fantastic track record, citing that she normally calls around 200 people per three-hour shift. She estimates that around half of the people she gets in touch with end up making donations. Many of the remaining alumni note that they already have given or commit to giving in the future. April loves hearing about the alums’ time here at URI, especially when she learns that some graduated many decades ago. She enjoys quizzing them about what campus was like when they were students and about the activities that took place here before she was even born! April and all the student callers in the program truly engage in conversations with the alumni by building off of things the alumni say. “They ask if certain professors are still around, and what courses I’m taking,” says April. “It ends up being a really great conversation, and I think it makes alumni feel good about their alma mater.” Even though making 200 calls every shift seems like a daunting task, April fondly remembers her conversations with the alumni. She spoke of a woman who recently answered from her retirement home “with a great mountain view,” enthusiastic to talk to a URI student. April said, “She was thrilled to talk to me!” She, like April, was a nursing major, but during wartime. “We shared stories, laughed and joked for a while.” In the end, the woman renewed her support to the Fund for URI. “Alumni make me realize how rewarding working with the Phone-a-thon is. It’s a good feeling to know that graduates out there truly love URI and have such fond memories of their time here. I’m just glad to be a part of the conversation.” According to the URI Foundation, which administers this and all fundraising ­activities on the University’s behalf, the student phone-a-thon program raised more than $235,000 during the last fiscal year, a 12% increase over the previous year. Students were also able to increase overall participation by 26%, a testament to the hard work of the student callers and the generosity of URI alumni and parents. —Alexandra Baccari, Class of 2014, QuadAngles student intern

Donors Say… I participated in one of the first phone-a-thon calling programs at URI in the late 1960s, so I enjoy speaking with the student callers. I think a college education is so valuable, and I try to do what I can to help defray the expenses for college students and support the University at the same time.

Judith LaSalle Prior ’67

I often look back on my experiences, some 40 years ago, and see how challenging but rewarding they were. I donate to the Fund for URI because I want to see other high school graduates have this type of opportunity. I especially like the phone-a-thon because I enjoy talking to the current URI students. Thank you, URI.

Bruce M. Vinokur ’72

I enjoy speaking with students, and I support the University because I received an excellent education.

Thomas R. Evans ’87

I think it’s exciting be able to give back to URI, a place where I had a lot of great memories, the place where I met my wife, and a place that gave me a great education.

Erik Wilcox ’07

How you can help Please take our calls, especially if you see “Go Rhody” on your caller ID! And, fulfill your Phone-a-thon pledges by giving online at


ALUMNICHAPTERS The SAA (Student Alumni Association)/ Young Alumni Affinity Chapter met on October 26, 2012.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Alumni Chapter gathered on October 27, 2012 for the 2nd annual traditional New England style clambake!

Join the fun! Chapters are a great way to stay connected with URI, see old classmates, and meet new friends. Chapter events are open to all alumni, family, and friends of the University. The URI Alumni Association has more than fifty chapters, organized by location or affinity interest. To see a list of all the chapters, find out what they're planning, and get their contact information, visit LET US HEAR FROM YOU! If you are interested in starting a regional or affinity chapter, or if you have ideas for upcoming events, please contact Shana Greene at or 401.874.2218.

UPCOMING The Villages Alumni Chapter enjoyed two events this past fall: "College Colors Day" and a trip to the Florida Carriage Museum.


January 26 – The Southwest Florida Gators Chapter invites all alumni for an afternoon at the Broadway Palm Theater in Fort Myers. Enjoy a lunch buffet and Fiddler on the Roof. For more information, contact Sarah Lobdell at


Thanks to our Rhodyville sponsors:




Congratulations to the Class of ‘62 for raising a record amount last summer! Shown here with President Dooley, from left: Jane Stich, Jim Hopkins, and Phil Saulnier, members of the 50th Reunion Giving Committee.

`41 Blanche Richard Murray, HS&S, of Jamestown, R.I., has won a 2012 URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.

`47 Carol Emerson Jones, A&S, of South Royalton, Vt., writes: “I have three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. My husband has two children and four grandchildren. Work was 35 years as a medical technologist. Husband was an elementary school teacher.”

`50 Edwin Emory Cull, CBA, writes: “I have moved to assisted living at the Scandinavian Home in Cranston, R.I. It’s a very nice place. Lots to do!”

`51 Douglas M. Rosie, A&S, of Narragansett, R.I., has won a 2012 URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.

`55 Francis H. Brown, HS&S, of Hope, R.I., writes: “I was remarried at the Cranston Christian Church to Cheryl Brown, on December 17, 2011, after both of our spouses died. Blessings to all of my classmates.” Arthur J. Ohlsten, A&S, of Edgewater, N.J., writes: “My wife and I celebrated our 60th wedding anniversary on June 21, 2012 and have moved to an independent living facility.” The URI Class of 1955 Endowment for Archaeological Oceanography has grown to a market value of $68,849. This year’s distribution of earnings resulted in $1,945 being awarded to support students. If you wish to contribute, contact the URI Foundation at 401.874.7900.

`58 Nancy A. Ruhle, NUR, of Los Gatos, Calif., writes, “After retirement as an R.N., I returned to my first love of writing and have published a novel, Doggone Mysterious. It is a mystery narrated by a dog, which makes for a fun read.”

`60 Albert E. Carlotti, A&S, of East Greenwich, R.I., writes: “I am retired from maxillofacial surgery as of August 8, 2008. I live in Arizona from November to May and Rhode Island from May to October.”



Richard H. Barron, A&S, of Berkshire, N.Y., writes, “Lil and I have been enjoying retirement for seven years now. I ‘fill in’ on occasion at several churches in central N.Y. I’m also active in the Binghamton Lions Club (club secretary) and Southern Tier Bicycle Club, with whom I bicycle each Tuesday and Thursday from 25-40 miles! We live close to our daughter and family and do our share of babysitting our seven-year-old fraternal twins. Our son and his wife live in Madison, Wis.”

Peter Phillip D’Amico, A&S, of East Greenwich, R.I., class treasurer, reports, “Our class gift to the University has been invested in The URI Class of 1968 Scholarship Endowment and has grown to a market value of $22,844.00. This year’s earning of $664.00 will be distributed as a scholarship to a deserving student.” If you want to contribute to make the scholarship larger, contact the URI Foundation at 401.874.7900.

`65 Carl Coleman Engle, ENG, of North Dartmouth, Mass., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.

`66 Paul J. Turinsky, ENG, of Raleigh, N.C., was appointed by President Obama to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He is a professor of nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University, where he has worked since 1980. Since 2010, he has served as the chief scientist for the Department of Energy’s Innovation Hub for Modeling and Simulation of Nuclear Reactors. He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and an E.O. Lawrence Awardee in Nuclear Technology.

`67 Richard Kenneth Pyle, A&S, M.A. ‘69, of Rockville, Md., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.

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`69 Raymond M. Mathieu, CBA, of Providence, R.I., is a member of the board of directors for Great Mind Technology, a Beijing-based software developer that helps students in China learn English. He is an Investment Committee member for the URI Foundation and Business Advisory Council member for the URI College of Business Administration.


Edward L. Cronan, HS&S, of East Providence, R.I., and his wife, MaryEllen ‘73, announce the birth of a third granddaughter: Teigan Ellen, on April 5, 2012 at 4:52 a.m., weighing 8 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 20 inches long. The proud parents are Vanessa and Jarrett Cronan ‘03 of Rumford. Thomas Wroe Jr., ENG, of East Dennis, Mass., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.

`74 Kevin M. Hyman, A&S, of Winter Haven, Fla., has been appointed the to Florida Polytechnic University board of trustees. Keith M. Moore, CBA, Ph.D. ‘04, of Greenlawn, N.Y., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26. Douglas K. Ritter, A&S, of Southlake, Texas, has been named president of USFI, a diversified marketing services and advertising company in Dallas, Tex.

Richard “Dick” Martin, HSS, of Chepachet, R.I., has published a memoir, Mae, chronicling the life of Therese A. Rando, A&S, M.A.’75, his mother. Ph.D. ‘80, of Wyoming, R.I., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement `72 Award. See page 26. Mark E. Crevier, A&S, of Saunderstown, R.I., is a member of the URI `75 College of Business Administration’s David P. Murray, A&S, of Saint Louis, Business Advisory Council and cur- Mo., has published Graham and Jet rently serves as an executive-in- Get Wet: The Wonders of Weather with residence for the College. Janis Murray. Kristen M. Swanson, NUR, of Chapel Hill, N.C., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.


Joe Fletcher ’97 He quit teaching high school English to tour full-time with his Americana band, Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons. His songwriting draws plots and characters from literature as well as life. The story behind “White Lighter,” the name of the band’s second album, started at URI in the 1990s, when “white Bic lighters were said to be bad luck,” Fletcher recalls. “Kids would walk up to you at a party and throw your lighter in the woods, because they didn’t want it in their house.” VIDEO | URI.EDU/QUADANGLES PHOTO BY JESSE GOLDING





Keith P. Lewis, PHM, of Quincy, Mass., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.

Brian K. Jeffery, CBA, is the president of European sales for OHARA GMBH. He lives in Chester, N.J. with his wife, Joanne, and their five children.

Steven C. Zenofsky, A&S, of Attleboro, Mass., has been inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows, a community of more than 300 senior practitioners and educators who have advanced the public relations profession and distinguished themselves through their experience and leadership in the public relations industry.

Marie M. Younkin-Waldman, A&S, of Narragansett, R.I., writes, “This past year I have organized a citizens’ effort to help revitalize Narrangansett Pier and to create a town center and sense of community. We have held several public meetings, and our first event, a Seaside Fair on June 9th, was a big success, to be repeated next year. Our website is”

`77 Jonathan L. Feinstein, CELS, M.C.P. ‘79,, of Southborough, Mass., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26. Nancy Sarra Forte, NUR, of Cranston, R.I., has been promoted to director of growth strategies for Home Care & Hospice of New England, the parent company of Visiting Nurse Home Care and Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.

`80 Scott Bill Hirst, A&S, of Ashaway, R.I., reports from the world of genealogy that he was installed as master of New London (Conn.) County Pomona Grange No. 6 P. of H., on September 8,2012. He explains that “master” is equivalent to president, and he has served in the past in this office.

`81 Daniel J. Briand, A&S, of Mattapoisett, Mass., serves as senior vice president and retail lending manager at BayCoast Bank.

`91 Michael J. Malone, A&S, of Hawthorne, N.Y., published his first book, a humorous look at the daily commute, entitled The New York Commuter’s Glossary (Well Lit Books). It was reviewed in the Poughkeepsie Journal, WestchesterMagazine. com, and New York Newsday, among others, and on 107.1 FM/The Peak.


John J. Pavis, PHM, of Bethlehem, Pa., has been recognized by The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association as the winner of the 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award during PPA’s 2012 Annual Conference Awards and Leadership Dinner.

Richard M. Selznick, HSS, of Haddonfield, N.J., has published School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success (National Book Network). Visit

Charles S. Ostrowski, CBA, of North Kingstown, R.I., has been promoted to senior vice president and director of internal audit at Washington Trust.

Samuel E. Vederman, A&S, of Parker, Ariz., has been named a judge for the Superior Court in La Paz County, Arizona.


`86 Katherine A. Johnson, NUR, of McKinney, Texas, was selected as the state school nurse of the year.


David A. Bergeron, A&S, of Alexandria, Va., is serving as acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education. Elaine L. Bridge, NUR, of Holliston, Mass., has been named interim chief operating officer at NewtonWellesley Hospital. Thomas H. Brillat, A&S, of West Kingston, R.I., has been recently named as the new director of interpretation at The Mystic Seaport. He will oversee the day-to-day management and strategic planning of the Interpretation Department. Bruce S. Gimbel, CBA, of Arlington, Va., writes, “In July 2011, I retired after over 31 years with the U.S. General Accounting Office and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Office of Inspector General. Upon retirement, I accepted a position as a senior audit manager with the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. I currently live at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, from where I have traveled extensively throughout Afghanistan, overseeing the spending of U.S. reconstruction funds.”

John G. W. Kelley, A&S, of Hampstead, N.H., received a NOAA Administrator and Technology Award for 2012 on November 16, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

Michele B. Kaufman, PHM, of New York, N.Y., a clinical pharmacist at New York Downtown Hospital and adjunct clinical pharmacy faculty member at Touro College of Pharmacy, was elected secretary of the NYC Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, a chapter of NYSCHP. She also had a case report published in P&T Journal 2012. Along with colleague Mary Choy she had two student posters at the 2012 ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting.

`87 Richard M. Jablonski, CBA, of Holmdel, N.J., a financial services executive, is winner of the 2012 Top Business Executives Award, given to distinguished executives from around the world. His new book, Modern Business, is full of practical advice on thriving in today’s fast-paced corporate world.

`88 Robert J. Alvine, CBA, of Shelton, Conn., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.

John Wardle, HS&S, of Narragansett, R.I., has won a URI Distinguished Achievement Award. See page 26.

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Thomas P. Guertin, A&S, of North Attleboro, Mass., the executive director for business technology solutions at the Boston Globe and New York Times Co., has been named Rhode Island’s first chief digital officer. He helped launch the job site Monster. com in the 1990s.

`93 Tracy Leeann Jackson, A&S, of Norfolk, Va., was recently elected president of the Virginia School Counselor Association and received the Counselor of the Year Award for 2011-2012 from the Hampton Roads Counselor Association. VSCA is a branch of the American School Counselor Association and has a membership of 700+ members. Tracy is the coordinator of school counseling for Virginia Beach City Department of Education. She is a National Certified Counselor, a National Certified School Counselor, and a Distance Certified Counselor.

`94 Peter I. Dos Santos, A&S, of Bethel, Conn., and his wife Aimee welcomed their third child, Bennett Gardiner Dos Santos, on August 16, 2012. Big brother Ryan, age six, and big sister Addison, age three, were both overjoyed.

`96 Nicole C. Chandler, A&S, of Middletown, R.I., has been hired at Hampton Academy as a special education teacher.

Andrew J. White, CBA, of Middletown, R.I., is a claims examiner with Amica Mutual Insurance Company. Previously, he worked as a claims service representative, a field adjuster, and a claims supervisor. In addition to his front-line experience, he spent time in Amica’s Training & Development department, where he had oversight of and was actively involved in numerous company training programs and initiatives.

`97 Jonathan M. Beagle, A&S, of East Longmeadow, Mass., has received the Excellence in Teaching Award during baccalaureate ceremonies at Western New England University. Winners are nominated by students, faculty, and administrators for outstanding contributions as educators and advisors.

`98 Daniel R. Sullivan, A&S, of Kensington, Md., has published a memoir, Places, Please!: Becoming a Jersey Boy, about his rise from a smalltime actor to the star of a Broadway musical. He says,“The book is inspirational, I hope, and extremely detailed. And maybe funny. I think. Maybe.” Visit danielrobertsullivan.

`04 James M. Hagerty, CBA, of Warwick, R.I., has joined The Washington Trust Co. as executive vice president of commercial lending and chief lending officer. Rahsaan H. Mahadeo, A&S, of Providence, R.I., who is enrolled in a doctoral program in sociology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, received a 2012 scholarship from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation of Peace and Justice.

`05 Kristen L. Forbes, A&S, of Providence, R.I., has joined the firm of Joseph M. DiOrio, Esq., as an associate. Kathleen A. Regan, HS&S, of Enfield, Conn., is currently employed with the LEGO Group as a junior key account manager, focusing on customer development and promotional program execution directly related to the LEGO Group presence at Walmart. Isaac Mamaysky, A&S of New York, N.Y., has quit his job as a lawyer to work full-time on launching a kids’ summer camp focused on active living, culinary arts, and nutrition. He and his fiancee received a $1.2 million grant to start the camp. Visit

Melissa Kirdzik ’01 Owner of Eat to Live nutrition counseling, has tips for keeping your New Year’s diet resolution: • S  et specific, measurable goals: “100 oz. daily water” as opposed to “increase fluids.” • Be  accountable: Check in with a registered dietitian, personal trainer, therapist, best friend, etc. • P  icture yourself at your final goal. Positive feelings should come not only when you reach it, but throughout the journey. Melissa hired Jason Oliveria ’01, M.S. ’04 to help her serve clients at her Newport-based company.



`09 Peter D. Callahan, CBA, of Providence, R.I., is director of sales at Something Fishy. Stephanie L. Hattoy, PHM, of Southington, Conn., has been appointed assistant professor of pharmacy practice and administration at the School of Pharmacy, University of Saint Joseph. Christopher J. Vasoli, CBA, of Conshohocken, Pa., develops and maintains client relationships at The Haverford Trust Company in Radnor, Pa.


Enjoy exclusive invitations to member-only events. Your alumni membership dues support many programs and provide much needed scholarships for deserving URI students. As a dues paying member you will receive an official membership card along with these benefits: to member-only events, such as baseball games, sailing excursions, theater events, family events, and other networking opportunities. In addition, you can enroll in computer-based short courses to improve your skills. EXCLUSIVE INVITATIONS

at Alumni Association sponsored events, such as Big Chill Weekend, February 8–10, 2013, Annual Golf Tournament, and nationwide chaper events.



• The University Club • Ryan Center and Boss Arena • URI Bookstore (20% discount) You can also take advantage of discounts on hotels, theme parks, theaters, museums, movies, and much more!

Lamonte J. Ulmer, A&S, of Hamden, Conn., has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Finland next season.

`11 Kayla Morgan, ENG, of Hope Valley, R.I., writes: “I have been working as a mechanical engineer for a year and half, and I have decided to return to URI at night and get my M.B.A., starting in January.” Morgan H. Reilly, CBA, of Tampa, Fla., is currently a relationship manager for the Association and Affinity Division of AmWINS in Tampa, focusing on marketing, implementation, and client relations for new and existing accounts.

`12 Stephanie Grejtak, HS&S, of Narragansett, R.I., is assistant director, Career Planning Center at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn. Katherine A. Hodson, CBA, of Harrisville, R.I., has joined the North Star Marketing agency as “Duchess of Details.” Her role is to connect team members to resources that transform big ideas into detail-driven results. Jared B. Hopton, A&S, of Little Compton, R.I., was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army on May 20, 2012. Nathaniel L. Shaw, HS&S, of Coventry, R.I., was hired as a secondary math teacher at Block Island School. GRADUATE DEGREES The following alums have won 2012 URI Distinguished Achievement Awards; see page 26.

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Ernest Mario, M.S. ’63, Ph.D. ‘66 Tom A. Marnane, M.M.A. ‘70 Cornelius M. Kerwin, M.A. ’73 Daniel R. May, M.S. ‘84 Mary Voytek, M.S. ’84 Matthew T. Ortoleva, M.A. ’03, Ph.D. ‘10 Carrie J. Byron, Ph.D. ’10

Cheryl A. Abdullah, M.L.I.S. ’02, of Rumford, R.I., led a successful team effort at the Dover (Mass.) Town Library to the position of finalist for the 2012 Best Small Library in North America Award. By developing a foundation of innovative library services and integrating a mobile technology platform, Dover continues to explore relevant technologies for her library’s community and staff in an effort to bridge the digital divide and explore creative opportunities for best practices. Amy Sadkin, M.L.I.S. ’07, of Lunenburg, Mass., has been appointed the new director of Newbury Town Library by the town’s library trustees.


Lisa B. Kepnes ‘92 to Erik Santucci, on June 16, 2012. Scott B. Lubarsky ‘94 to Leslie Stein, on October 13, 2012. David N. Rogers ‘95 to Daniel Ferrell, on October 20, 2012. Nathan J. Grimshaw ‘98 to Linda Ciardullo ‘98, on June 2, 2012. Diane M. Suennen ‘99 to James M. Flanagan, on January 7, 2012. David P. Gentile ‘01 to Amanda Pasquazzi ‘03, on August 25, 2012. Amy E. Anderson ‘02 to Robert MacFadyen ‘04, on September 15, 2012. Nickolaus W. Eibel ‘02 to Lauren Bryda, on July 22, 2012. Annie Rose Willis ‘02 to Shaun Carter, on August 19, 2012. Lane D. Conway ‘04 to Patrick Murray, on May 27, 2012. Christine Canning ‘05 to Greg Levy ‘05, on July 7, 2012. Taylor C. Majewski ‘05 to Laura Bruno, on October 20, 2012. Jennifer R. Lashomb ‘07 to Luke Vogel ‘05, on June 11, 2010. Rebecca Mara ‘07 to Daniel Read ‘07, on May 19, 2012. Kristin M. Benson ‘08 to Michael E. Pendergast, on May 12, 2012. Miranda E. Bryant ‘08 to James Gaffney ‘08, on May 18, 2012. Vanessa S. Doorley ‘08 to Daniel Dyer, on October 19, 2012. Ashley B. Arwood ‘09 to Adam C.A. Howarth ‘08, on July 3, 2012. Rose Cournoyer ‘09 to Caleb Martin, on June 19, 2011. Linda Salerno ‘10 to Gary Terracciano Jr. ‘09, on March 24, 2012.


Elsie Martin Whyte ‘44 of North Kingstown, R.I., on July 30, 2012.

John Wood ‘52 of South Dartmouth, Mass., on August 15, 2012.

John Asdoorian ‘58 of Lynn, Mass., on July 22, 2012.

Charles Perry ‘46 of Manchester, Conn., on August 12, 2012.

Edward Baldyga ‘53 of Uxbridge, Mass., on May 22, 2011.

Wallace Camper ‘58 of Sarasota, Fla., on August 17, 2012.

Richard Possner ‘47 of Wellfleet, Mass., on October 23, 2012.

John Barnes ‘53 of Lynchburg, Va., on July 31, 2012.

Howard Clark ‘58 of Enfield, N.H., on May 1, 2012.

Leonard Lazarus ‘48 of Providence, R.I., on August 28, 2012.

Louis Defanti ‘53 of Camden, S.C., on September 21, 2012.

Robert DiIorio ‘58 of East Sandwich, Mass., on October 22, 2012.

Samuel Hall ‘49 of South Wellfleet, Mass., on July 19, 2012.

Rene Ledoux ‘53 of Norwich, Conn., on August 3, 2012.

E Frederick Petersen ‘58 of Falls Village, Conn., on October 9, 2012.

Frank Paul ‘49 of Hamlin, N.Y., on July 21, 2011.

Donald Maymon ‘53 of Warwick, R.I., on August 4, 2012.

Lawrence Bailey ‘59 of Westerly, R.I., on June 23, 2011.

Raymond West ‘49 of Narragansett, R.I., on April 19, 2011.

Leo Shishmanian ‘53 of Fresno, Calif., on August 12, 2012.

Mary Kelly Murray ‘59 of Coventry, R.I., on January 24, 2012.

Frederick Worrell ‘49 of East Greenwich, R.I., on November 2, 2012.

George White ‘54 of Stuart, Fla., on September 6, 2012.

Cynthia Brown Weber ‘60 of Lewiston, N.Y., on July 15, 2011.

William Landgraf ‘33 of Newport, R.I., on January 21, 2011.

John Spagnolo ‘50 of Warwick, R.I., on September 11, 2012.

Cesare Bellandese ‘55 of Berlin, Conn., on September 3, 2011.

Nancy Brown Bicknell ‘61 of Little Compton, R.I., on August 11, 2011.

Arline Wooden Miller ‘35 of Lake Wales, Fla., on September 7, 2012.

Robert Barry ‘51 of Auburn, N.Y., on July 18, 2011.

Dennis Speliotis ‘55 of Lexington, Mass., on May 15, 2011.

Francis Palmer ‘61 of Castleton, N.Y., on August 19, 2012.

William Andrews ‘37 of Dighton, Mass., on September 30, 2012.

Albert Brooks ‘51 of Jewett City, Conn., on October 6, 2012.

George Sykes ‘55 of Simsbury, Conn., on September 2, 2012.

Teresa Di Maria Scungio ‘62 of The Villages, Fla., on July 25, 2012.

Victor Baxt ‘38 of Providence, R.I., on October 7, 2012.

George Mona ‘51 of South Burlington, Vt., on March 27, 2012.

Ronald Cruff ‘56 of Narragansett, R.I., on September 6, 2012.

Walter Darowski ‘63 of Warren, R.I., on June 8, 2012.

John Hines ‘38 of Huron, Ohio, on February 23, 2012.

Christopher Brown ‘52 of Medford, N.J., on July 27, 2011.

Joseph Enos ‘56 of Coventry, R.I., on June 10, 2011.

Winters Hames ‘63 of Moultonborough, N.H., on October 11, 2012.

Mary Nolan DiSalvo ‘39 of Dayton, Ohio, on October 12, 2012.

Alfred Comolli ‘52 of Yardley, Pa., on July 21, 2012.

Thomas Lennon ‘57 of Cranston, R.I., on January 15, 2011.

Marie Iafrate ‘63 of North Providence, R.I., on October 30, 2012.

Nancy Barrows Goff ‘39 of Lansdale, Pa., on October 21, 2012.

Theresa Majeau Malloy ‘52 of San Diego, Calif., on May 6, 2012.

Louis Accardi ‘58 of Shelton, Conn., on July 12, 2011.

Everett Southwick ‘63 of Richmond, Va., on September 22, 2012.

Langheld Byrne ‘99, a daughter, Kyra Teresa, on March 2, 2012. Maximillian and Courtney Jean Kieba ‘99, a daughter, Hadley Paige, on August 1, 2012. Vanessa and Jarrett Cronan ‘03, a daughter, Teigan Ellen, on April 5, 2012. Jeffery and Lindsay Redfern Lazzeri ‘04, a daughter, Olivia Marie, on July 29, 2012. Jennifer R. Lashomb Vogel ‘07 and Luke Vogel ‘05, a daughter, Vada Scarlett, on March 5, 2012.


John Haufe ‘40 of Kettering, Ohio, on October 3, 2012. Maurice Leon ‘40 of Chevy Chase, Md., on April 29, 2011.

Marilyn Crandall ‘42 of Allentown, Pa., on July 25, 2012.

Become an International Ambassador.

Peter Emanuel ‘42 of Lafayette, La., on October 20, 2012.

Or just visit one.

Frank Clegg ‘41 of Seekonk, Mass., on August 4, 2012.

John Erhardt ‘42 of Seekonk, Mass., on November 5, 2012. Morton Goldman, Estate of ‘42 of Laguna Hills, Calif., on June 21, 2012. Helen Polis Kingsley ‘43 of Houston, Texas, on August 11, 2012. Robert Kirk ‘43 of Mclean, Va., on September 11, 2012. Virginia Spencer Sanik ‘43 of Newtonville, Mass., on February 12, 2012. Nancy Carpenter Schock ‘43 of Wakefield, R.I., on August 9, 2012. Mary DiBlasi Zompa ‘43 of Johnston, R.I., on June 8, 2011.

Our International Alumni Ambassadors serve as contacts for URI alumni, faculty, and students who may be traveling to or living in their region, and as liaisons with the University and the Alumni Association. Ambassadors plan networking events, exhibit at college fairs, and communicate with prospective students and their families. So far we have at least one ambassador in each country listed here. To see who they are and how to contact them—or to find out more about becoming an ambassador yourself— visit ARGENTINA AUSTRALIA AUSTRIA






Margaret Scott ‘44 of Dayton, N.J., on October 11, 2011.


Our Alumni Career Advisors are waiting to hear from you! 401.874.9404 Karen Rubano e. Marie Geary e. URI Career Services and Employer Relations 228 Roosevelt Hall, 90 Lower College Road Kingston, RI 02881

Calling All Mentors! If you are not already an active member of RhodyNet, the URI Career Mentor Network, we encourage you to join and share your knowledge of the work world. Finding a helpful mentor is very important for job seekers and career changers. For your part, membership can be positive and enriching: • Experience a reconnection with URI • Learn about the URI of today and the future • Develop meaningful professional connections with students and other alumni • Refine your coaching and mentoring skills • Expand your professional network Among your registration options, you can choose how many calls you would welcome each month. Please be sure that your information accurately reflects your current employment, ways that you might want to be involved as a mentor, and correct contact information. Thank you for your continued interest in URI students and alumni. Please contact us if you have any questions.

To log in to the URI Career Mentor Network, please go to: Look for “Click here to register” at the bottom of the screen, and follow the instructions on the registration page. Alumni are invited to the following events: Green Industry Day February 22, 2013, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Memorial Union Summer & Internship Job Fair March 6, 2013, 11 a.m. –2 p.m., Memorial Union Spring Career & Job Fair April 3, 2013, 11 a.m.¬–3p.m., Ryan Center On-campus Interviews February–April 2012 Check your RhodyNet account for details about Career Services events for alumni.

Edwin Dolbeare ‘70 of Worcester, Mass., on October 4, 2012. Gabriella Lukasiewicz Krzyzek ‘70 of Minneapolis, Minn., on August 15, 2012. Margaret Schoenrock Pease ‘70 of Wood River Junction, R.I., on July 26, 2012. Raymond Rogers ‘70 of Narragansett, R.I., on August 12, 2012. Steven Simmons ‘70 of Shorewood, Minn., on August 16, 2012. Glenn Buckley ‘71 of Newington, Conn., on June 16, 2011. Harold Dawson ‘71 of Belmont, N.C., on August 26, 2012. Richard Glass, M.S. ‘71, Ph.D. ‘75, of Lake Saint Louis, Mo., on April 28, 2012. Stanley Russell ‘71 of Hope Valley, R.I., on August 9, 2012. Donald Schultz ‘71 of Atlanta, Ga., on September 25, 2012. John Songdahl ‘71 of Fort Myers, Fla., on July 25, 2011. Adeline Verry ‘72 of Warwick, R.I., on January 2, 2011. Brian Cronan ‘73 of Naples, Fla., on July 21, 2012. Stephen Hendry ‘73 of Baltimore, Md., on January 17, 2012. Christopher Hess ‘73 of Oakdale, Conn., on July 17, 2012. Michael Hudson ‘73 of Cuyahoga, Ohio, on September 8, 2012. James Persinko ‘73 of High Bridge, N.J., on August 13, 2012. Vijay Raja ‘73 of Dedham, Mass., on September 7, 2011. Richard Barone ‘74 of Fairfield, Conn., on September 1, 2012. Timothy Coleman ‘74 of Westerly, R.I., on May 3, 2012.

Alfred Wilson ‘63 of Lowell, Mass., on September 21, 2012.

Paul Hirst ‘67 of Sterling, Mass., on July 7, 2012.

Charles Sherwin ‘68 of Media, Pa., on August 29, 2011.

Adrian Russo ‘64 of Somerset, Mass., on March 14, 2011.

Karson Pratt ‘67 of Foster, R.I., on August 10, 2012.

Irene Sarmousakis Apostolou ‘69 of Warwick, R.I., on September 22, 2012.

Jeremiah Sullivan ‘65 of Wilsonville, Ore., on August 18, 2012.

Ruth Nute Tabor ‘67 of East Greenwich, R.I., on April 23, 2012.

William Herlihy ‘69 of Westerly, R.I., on August 16, 2012.

James Henry ‘66 of New Bedford, Mass., on July 18, 2011.

Jean Berg Cedarleaf ‘68 of Fairport, N.Y., on February 6, 2012.

Ann Woolfall Alves ‘70 of West Warwick, R.I., on October 14, 2012.

Sandra Watson Hurry ‘66 of North Scituate, R.I., on September 12, 2012.

Everett Chamberlin ‘68 of Milford, Mass., on July 23, 2012.

Ann Woolfall Alves ‘70 of West Warwick, R.I., on October 14, 2012.

Joseph Martin ‘66 of Punta Gorda, Fla., on June 7, 2011.

Dorothy Kennedy ‘68 of Greenville, R.I., on February 4, 2011.

Elisabeth Simonds Burns ‘70 of East Greenwich, R.I., on September 10, 2012.

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John Carroll ‘70 of Fort Myers, Fla., on September 22, 2012.

Robert Brown ‘75 of Manassas, Va., on April 22, 2011. Jeanne Casey DiPrete ‘75 of Cranston, R.I., on October 17, 2012. Jacqueline Fortin ‘75 of Silver Lake, N.H., on August 21, 2012. Thomas Podgurski ‘75 of West Warwick, R.I., on August 3, 2011. Lon Howard ‘76 of Littleton, N.H., on October 27, 2012. John Anderson ‘77 of Ocala, Fla., on September 11, 2011.

Jeffrey Carrera ‘78 of Johnston, R.I., on September 11, 2012. John Mattson ‘78 of Santa Fe, N.M., on September 27, 2012. Robert Bowerman ‘79 of Middletown, R.I., on August 30, 2012. James Healy ‘79 of North Kingstown, R.I., on August 3, 2011. Stephen Landry ‘79 of Holbrook, N.Y., on September 13, 2012. Steven Christensen ‘80 of Norwell, Mass., on May 8, 2011. Judith Miller ‘80 of Trumbull, Conn., on September 28, 2012. Patricia Stanley-Cole ‘81 of Hope Valley, R.I., on January 2, 2012. Laura Green-Stout ‘82 of Avon Lake, Ohio, on September 16, 2012. Gail D’Ambra Sullivan ‘82 of North Kingstown, R.I., on August 2, 2012. Yvonne Zingus Costa ‘83 of Niantic, Conn., on September 1, 2012. Roland Mergener ‘83 of North Providence, R.I., on July 4, 2011. Cassandra Lovejoy ‘84 of Brewer, Maine, on October 31, 2012. Donna Gazebien Marques ‘84 of Rehoboth, Mass., on October 14, 7004. Eva Reale Bean ‘85 of Voluntown, Conn., on January 10, 2012. Diane Reamsnyder ‘88 of Fairport, N.Y., on June 3, 2012. Paul Lacharite ‘90 of Boston, Mass., on September 26, 2012. Barbara Carpenter ‘91 of Shrewsbury, Mass., on October 29, 2012. Allison Wainwright ‘94 of Gardiner, Maine, on August 20, 2011. Carol Jacques ‘96 of East Greenwich, R.I., on October 21, 2012. Elena Annarummo ‘99 of Cranston, R.I., on September 15, 2012. Matthew Cotnoir ‘99 of West Warwick, R.I., on September 24, 2012. Susan Valz ‘99 of New Orleans, La., on October 27, 2012. Christian Curry ‘03 of Newport, R.I., on August 13, 2012. Domenic Penta ‘07 of Saunderstown, R.I., on September 25, 2012. Jeffrey Rosinski ‘08 of Reading, Pa., on July 16, 2010. Sullynette Sanchez ‘11 of Providence, R.I., on September 28, 2012.


Lewis Pakula, age 65, professor of mathematics and former chair of the department, died on October 1, 2012. Pakula received his doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972 and joined the URI faculty a year later. A leader in developing effective pedagogy and using technology to enhance student learning, Pakula created software for math courses of all levels and published articles in numerous scholarly journals. He worked collaboratively in teaching and research with colleagues in mathematics, education, and engineering, and served as chair of the mathematics department from 1999 to 2008. Pakula was known as an intelligent, gracious colleague with a wry sense of humor who cared deeply about student learning. He is survived by his wife, Susan; and his children, David, Nathan, and Maggie.

Victor J. Baxt, age 95, chairman of the board of Teknor Apex Co. in Pawtucket, R.I., died on October 7, 2012, in Providence. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from URI in 1938 and an M.S. from Duke University in 1940. A lifelong supporter of his alma mater, Baxt established an endowed scholarship to support undergraduate students in chemistry and chemical engineering, created the Victor Baxt Chair in Polymer Engineering, and supported construction of the Norman M. Fain Hillel Center. He spoke out in favor of the 2010 state bond referendum to build the University’s new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. For his outstanding business leadership and philanthropy, URI awarded Baxt an honorary Doctorate of Science in May 2011. Baxt is survived by his wife, Gussie; two sons; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. Emilio O. Roxin, age 90, professor emeritus of mathematics, died on Roberta “Bobbi” Koppel, age 65, August 21, 2012, in Milford, Mass. director of Career Services at URI, Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he died on September 12, 2012. Koppel was a member of the URI faculty from earned her bachelor’s degree in 1967 until his retirement in 1992. psychology and journalism from the Roxin met President Eisenhower as University of Illinois and her master’s part of the National Atomic Commisin English from the University of sion in 1955. He was also was part of Massachusetts. She joined the URI the team that built the first nuclear community in 1974 as a doctoral reactor in Argentina. Roxin had an student of English, and was a gradu- international reputation as one of the ate assistant in that department for founders of control theory, now an four years. She earned her Ph.D. important field of mathematics and in English in 1979 and worked as engineering, and published extena special instructor in the English sively in this and associated areas. He department and the College of was predeceased by his wife, GundBusiness Administration until 1986, run Dorothea. Survivors include his when she joined Career Services as daughter, Ursula Dixon ’85; his son, assistant director; she took the top Walter; and two grandsons. spot in that office in 1992. Colleagues remember Koppel as innovative and Sullynette “Sully” Sanchez ’11, age energetic, dedicated to the students 23, a staff member in the Office of she served, and a selfless supporter Admission, died in a motor vehicle of her staff. Survivors include her accident on September 28, 2012, in husband, Wayne Wiggins. East Greenwich, R.I. She was nine months pregnant at the time; her son Foster H. Middleton, age 89, profes- also died as a result of the accident. sor emeritus of ocean engineer- Born in Puerto Rico, Sanchez was ing, died on June 5, 2012, in Punta passionate about her URI experiGorda, Fla. Born in Detroit, Mich., ence and the benefits of the Talent he served honorably in the U.S. Development Program, an admisNavy during World War II aboard sion program for underrepresented the minesweeper USS Champion students, where her charisma and in the Pacific. After earning his B.S. energy inspired others to do well. from the University of Michigan and As a student she worked for the his Dr.Eng. from Johns Hopkins, he program’s Guaranteed Admission joined the URI faculty in 1959 as an Program for high school students associate professor of electrical and as a manager at the Memorial engineering. In 1966 he founded Union. After earning a bachelor’s URI’s graduate program in ocean degree in psychology she joined the engineering, a field of study that was URI admission staff in fall 2011. Sanlater expanded to the undergraduate chez is survived by her boyfriend, her level. The Middleton Building at URI’s mother, her sister, and two nieces. Narragansett Bay Campus is named for him. He retired in 1987. He is survived by his four children: Nancy ’73, John, David ’83, and Amy Brown ’01, M.S. ’04; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mollie Stevens Smart, age 96, professor emerita of child development and family relations, died on October 22, 2012, in Ridgefield, Wash. She held a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Delhi and taught at several institutions, including Cornell University, Massey University, and the University of Guelph, in addition to URI. Smart wrote 26 books and, with her husband, Russell, two best-selling university textbooks. She was involved in the establishment of Head Start, the federal early-childhood program, and won Fulbright research grants to India and New Zealand. She was a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Research on Child Development, National Council on Family Relations, and many other organizations. She also wrote a column for Parents and other popular magazines. Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by their three daughters, Susan, Laura, and Ellen ’66. Donald W. Tufts, age 79, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, died on August 9, 2012. After earning his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts taught applied mathematics at Harvard University before joining the URI faculty in 1967. He held seven patents and published numerous technical papers; his most revolutionary work changed the modeling and processing of radar, sonar, and communication signals and influenced generations of students and researchers. Tufts was dedicated to teaching and to East Greenwich, R.I., his hometown, where he served on the School Committee and Town Council and volunteered for 15 years at the Teen Center. He retired from URI in 2008. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara; survivors include his children, Cynthia, David, and John; two grandchildren; and his companion, Sue Ross. *** URI joins the rest of the world in mourning the loss of the H.M.S. Bounty, crew member Charlene Christian, and Capt. Robin Wallbridge, who perished with the ship during Hurricane Sandy on October 28, 2012. To the ship’s owner, Robert (Bob) Hansen Jr. ’84, we extend our condolences and our gratitude for the privilege of hosting an exclusive URI Alumni Association reception last summer on board the magnificent Tall Ship.



52 Hobbies in 52 Weeks Libby Segal ’10 is addicted to trying new things, and she is inspiring others to become addicted, too. The associate producer of reality crime television programs is in the midst of a yearlong “quest to become a professional amateur” by trying a new hobby every week.


She has taken lessons in Samurai sword fighting, glass making, shark diving, beer brewing, chocolate making, trampolining, unicycle riding, stilt walking, knife throwing, and breakdancing, among dozens of others. And she is documenting every experience on video and in a blog at “If there’s one thing I hope to do this year, it’s inspire others to try something new, because you never know what you’ll learn, who you’ll meet, or what you’ll fall in love with,” said Segal, a native of Bethlehem, Penn., who now lives in New York City. “This year, I’ve fallen in love with life.” —Todd McLeish VIDEO | URI.EDU/QUADANGLES


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Internet connectivity at the University of Rhode Island will soon become faster thanks to more than $3 million in grants obtained from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy. Cox Communications has installed 44 miles of fiber optic cable connecting the Kingston campus, the Narragansett Bay Campus, and the $30 million Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN). This network will provide high-speed access to all members, and will include links to URI’s W. Alton Jones and Feinstein Providence campuses. URI’s Tyler Hall data center will serve as the communications hub for the entire southern portion of the state network. With greater bandwidth, URI can offer high definition video, crystal clear telephone connections, and advanced video conferencing.

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The University of Rhode Island Alumni Magazine