Donnie Taveras '12Providence, RI
In April of 2010 I applied to work at the Office of Student Activities. During the first event of the following semester, I served as the host of Deal or No Deal. Even though I had done theater in high school, it was still a unique experience because it was all improvisation, as opposed to memorizing lines. As I got up on a stage in the Student Union Ballroom, my palms were sweaty; the Ballroom was full of about 200 freshmen. The crowd was very loud, but when I tapped on the microphone the room became silent. I quickly got into character and tried to be as entertaining as possible. I introduced myself and explained the rules of the game. I picked out students and they came up on stage to serve as contestants. It was a really valuable experience. I had to really open up and let go of my fears of public speaking. Afterward I felt great that I had the courage to do it and felt very proud of myself. Now I am the Student Supervisor of Student Activities and am very grateful to work in such an inclusive and cohesive environment. Working for this office has given me the opportunity to really open up and experience things that I've never experienced before. I can honestly say that I love my job.
Nicole Lamantia '12Smithfield, RI
As a freshman I was not involved on campus, I was a student who went to class ate lunch in my car and then went home. Once I began working at Student Activities, and Marissa Weiss introduced me to different organizations I felt like my college experience began to change for the better. I was more involved on campus than ever because I was putting myself out there. I met a lot of great people who always introduced me to more. If I could give advice to a freshman it would be to put yourself out there, and take advantage of all the things Rhode Island College has to offer. It may be a small campus but if you look around you will find a world of activities and organizations that will make your four years fly by. I am graduating this upcoming spring and can't tell you how fast it has gone by. Enjoy!
Brandi Jackson '12Providence, RI
Study Abroad, Fall '11, Florence, Italy
Being a student at Rhode Island College has had such a huge impact on my life. When I first came here I was shy young girl with not many goals to do anything but then I discovered all the things that RIC had to offer and dove right in, head first. Now, I have been involved in many organizations on campus and I have so many friends that feel the same, it's wonderful. I have to thank Rhode Island College for helping to become the woman I am today.
Clubs/Organizations: RIC Angels, Student Community Government, Emerging Leaders, Anchor, Sigma Iota Theta and Communications Club
Lorenzo Crumbie '11Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Major: Biology, Pre-med
EPSCoRSURF Fellow, RA, Tour guide
With the level of diversity at RIC, fitting in as an international student was a piece of cake! There are tons of clubs and organizations that make RIC a home away from home. Graduating with a BA in Biology, I feel prepared and confident to enter the world of scientific research and eventually, the world of medicine.
Laura Denoncour, '12Johnston, RI
Being a member of the RIC softball team was an amazing experience. There's nothing better than being a part of college athletics. The reason the team has been so successful is due to the camaraderie that exists and the fire in everyone's eyes. I'll always be an Anchorwoman."
Clubs/Organizations: Student Nurses Association, Treasurer; RIC Softball; Student Nurses Association of RI, Secretary
Christopher Margadonna, '13Warwick, RI
Major: English/Secondary Education
Minor in theatre
What has made my experience here at Rhode Island College has been the fantastic faculty and staff. They have inspired me to connect with learning, and grow into the person I am today. Through their generous work and great kindness they have influenced me to become an academic adviser, and help students reach their fullest potential.
Clubs/Organizations: Layout Editor at The Anchor, Ballroom Dance, Secretary of the English Educator, Network
RIC Anchorman '13Harrisville, RI
Major: Computer Information Systems
At RIC, I'm a name and not just a number – and I like that. When I'm not in class, you'll find me at the Murray Center or on the Quad. I'm very involved with RIC Athletics and you'll find me at all of our home basketball games leading the crowd to cheer for our Anchormen.
Owen TidwellMajor: Psychology
Rhode Island College's dedication to making each and every student's academic experience a rewarding one makes RIC a great place to live, learn, and grow. Specifically, RIC's Psychology department offers in-depth learning paired with unique personal relationships with dedicated professors. Additionally, there are numerous undergraduate research opportunities in a variety of Psychological disciplines which provide academic experiences unparalleled in many of today's larger universities and undergraduate Psychology programs.
Jackie Morgan '13Major: Nursing, Psychology
I have participated in the INBRE program (Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) with Professor Montvilo for two years. As a double major in psychology and nursing, I love doing research while an undergrad because I'm building connections that will help my future career goals. It is so easy for students to get involved because RIC is such a small school.
Holly CekalaMajor: Psychology, Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies
I am happy to say I am involved with the research here at RIC within the CDAS program, for many reasons. As an undergrad I have already been given many opportunities I would have not been offered had it not been for my work in the research lab. My mentor Dr. Montvilo has made the research projects inclusive of the team and insured a cutting edge applicable knowledge base to our work. I have had real hands on experience in the lab working with participants as well as preparing potential projects for IRB approval and analysis long before graduation. This experience has better prepared me for the future classes I will need for my degree and for the work force I will be joining upon graduation. The program has allowed me grow as a student scientist.