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Alumni Magazine - Fall 2018

RI state house tour

13 RIC students are working as guides for the RIC/Rhode Island State House Tour Project

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Message From the President

There is momentum at Rhode Island College! Nowhere is it more evident than in our vision to re-establish the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development as a local and national leader....

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2018 Baccalaureate Commencement Address

RIC alumnus Jeff Kirwan, former executive for the global retailer Gap Inc., served as the undergraduate commencement speaker at Rhode Island College’s 164th commencement ceremony on May 12 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence....

Esther Santos and Ramona Santos  

Esther Quiroz Santos & Ramona Santos: Mother and Daughter Cross College Finish Line Together

At RIC’s baccalaureate commencement, Esther Quiroz Santos, 21, a psychology and justice studies major, graduated with summa cum laude honors alongside her mother, Ramona Santos, 41, who earned a bachelor’s degree in social work with cum laude honors....

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The Magic of Ten31

People yearn, often without recognizing it, for the remembered spontaneity of early childhood, when it seemed that magical events occurred quite naturally....

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Faythann Fallon Redefines the Reach of People with Disabilities

Faythann Fallon ’18 has a very rare genetic disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (O.I.) or Brittle Bone Disease, characterized by bones that are more susceptible to fractures or breaks than those who do not have the disorder....

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Rhode Island State House Tour Guides

Through an endeavor initiated by RIC President Frank D. Sánchez and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, 13 RIC students are working as guides for the RIC/Rhode Island State House Tour Project....

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Leading the Battle Against Rising Homelessness in Rhode Island

Karen Santilli ’88, M.A.T. ’00 abides by the theory that there are no homeless people, only people who need homes....

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Boosting Job Prospects for Aspiring Teachers

For Devon Desaulniers, attending the Teacher Job Search Conference at Rhode Island College was time well spent....

Feinstein scholar 

RIC Receives $500K Feinstein Foundation Gift

The Feinstein Foundation, an organization founded by Rhode Island philanthropist and humanitarian Alan Shawn Feinstein, recently donated $500,000 to the Feinstein Junior Leadership Scholarship Endowment Fund managed by the Rhode Island College Foundation....

Karen Oliviera in class 

School of Social Work Explores Prevention Opportunities in Central Falls

“I believe that the Central Falls School District is a pioneer in changing what school social work looks like,” says Alondra Berrios, a graduate student in RIC’s School of Social Work (SSW)....

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Jane Williams, Visionary Leader and Founding Dean of the School of Nursing Retires

Dean Jane Bodine Williams, whose passion for nursing education motivated her to lead Rhode Island College’s nursing department into becoming one of the best nursing schools in the nation, has retired....

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Why I Give: Former RIC Foundation President John J. Smith is Thankful for the Opportunity


To say that Rhode Island College runs in John J. Smith’s family is an understatement. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1963, following in the footsteps of his mother, Class of 1933....

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A Rock Solid Year for RIC Athletics

Rhode Island College saw another great year in athletics in 2017-2018, highlighted by some great team and individual performances....

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Dorothy Pieniadz: A Living Legacy is Honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters

At age 94, former RIC Dean of Students and Professor Emerita Dorothy Pieniadz, one of the founding mothers of Big Sisters of Rhode Island, was honored for dedicating more than 50 years to bettering the lives of thousands of Rhode Island’s children....

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