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Alumni Awards & Honor Roll Recipients

Each spring the Rhode Island College Alumni Association presents awards to exceptional graduates and community leaders. Candidates are chosen on the basis of professional achievement, community service, and service to the college or alumni association. This year, in addition to the customary awards, we will recognize seven outstanding students with a $1,000 scholarship. Scholarship monies are provided by Rhode Island College's Alumni Association.

The Alumni Awards Dinner is a strong tradition here at Rhode Island College; one that you cannot miss! Join us this May as we celebrate our most accomplished alumni and friends, and keep the connection strong!

Announcing the 2012 Rhode Island College Alumni Award Recipients

2012 Alumna of the Year

Deloris Davis Grant '88, '94 (MAT)
English Language Arts and Drama Teacher
Central Falls High School

Deloris Davis Grant '88, '94 is renowned as one of the finest teachers, advisors, and mentors in her profession. A graduate of Upward Bound, her involvement with that program, as a teacher, tutor and co-founder of the Upward Bound Alumni Scholarship Fund, is emblematic of her personal dedication to the transformative power of education. During her remarkable tenure at Central Falls High School, Deloris has touched the lives of countless students and colleagues. Her expertise has been tapped for numerous education task forces throughout the region, and she has given generously of her time and talent to Rhode Island College over the years.

2012 Charles B. Willard Professional Achievement Award

Victoria Gailliard-Garrick '75
Wm. M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School

Victoria Gailliard-Garrick '75 has served as director of Wm. M. Davies High School since 2002. She has made the Davies School a model where superior academic achievement gives students the critical skills to be competitive in their future careers. Her leadership ability, administrative prowess, love for learning and respect for humanity have marked her as the 2012 Charles B. Willard Professional Achievement Award recipient.

2012 Alumni Service Award

Marianne Gouveia Douglas '72
Horizon Enterprises, Inc.

Marianne Gouveia Douglas '72 has worked extensively in the fields of education and business. Her seminars, books and programs have provided proven positive strategies to help participants create the lives they want for themselves. She is an award-winning former teacher who was nominated as a hero for the "Oprah Winfrey Show" for her work with teens and bullying.

2012 Alumni Faculty Award

Jason L. Blank
Associate Professor of Sociology and President of the RIC/AFT
Rhode Island College

For over 46 years Jason L. Blank has mentored and taught legions of students. He demonstrates his love of teaching every time he steps into the classroom. Faculty and staff know and appreciate Jason for the role he plays as President of RIC/AFT Local 1819. His years at Rhode Island College have been devoted to the welfare of students, faculty and the RIC community.

2012 Young Alumni Award

Maria E. Cimini '02, '05(M)
SNAP Outreach Coordinator
University of Rhode Island Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America and State Representative serving Providence District 7

Maria E. Cimini '02, '05 has served as a member of the RIC Young Alumni Group for several years. A lifelong Rhode Islander, Maria has enjoyed serving her community through neighborhood volunteer activities, political activism, and her career as a social worker. She ran a successful campaign for State Representative and on November 2, 2010 was elected to represent District 7 in Providence. Maria works as a Research Associate at the Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America.

2012 Alumni Staff Award

Robert G. Walsh
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Rhode Island College

Robert G. Walsh just celebrated his seventh season as head coach of the men's basketball team. He has presided over one of the most successful periods in the program's history. Under his leadership, Rhode Island College has made seven consecutive trips to postseason and six straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament – one of only five teams in the nation to accomplish this feat.

2012 Honor Roll Recipients

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Lisa Carnevale '96
Partner at Myranda Group

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Julie Lima Boyle '94, '06 (M)
English Language Arts Teacher, Coventry High School

Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Connie West-O'Connor '98
Development Coordinator, Preserve Rhode Island

Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
Secondary Education

Ross McCurdy, '98, '02 (M)
Chemistry Teacher, Ponaganset High School

School of Management

Mary Cravenho MacIntosh '91
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island

School of Nursing
Marilyn Walsh '75
Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Care New England Health System

School of Social Work
Jeffrey Schwartz '04
Human Service Coordinator, Department of Mental Health
Case Manager Supervisor, Jeffrey Schwartz, LICSW

Prior Alumni Award winners

Page last updated: May 09, 2016