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Alumni Magazine - Spring 2018

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Jason L. Meriwether, Vice President for Student Success, with students at First-Year C​onvocation.

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Jason Meriwether

Jason Meriwether: A Motivational, Data-Driven Leader

He’s not quite a millennial, having been born at the tail end of Generation X, but RIC’s new Vice President for Student Success Jason L. Meriwether is millennial-minded. A native of Guthrie, Kentucky, Meriwether is a tech-smart leader, with the energy and passion of a seasoned coach. He’s innovative, dynamic and motivational....

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Ribbon Cutting of South Street Landing and the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center

"This is a great day," said R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo at the Nov. 29th ribbon cutting of South Street Landing, a $220 million redevelopment of South Street Station. Originally built in the early 1900s to provide electrical power to the city, South Street Station was shut down in 1995 and sat dormant for two decades....

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Renovated Gaige Hall, Replete with Active Learning Spaces

"This is the future of classroom design," said RIC President Frank D. Sánchez of the 15 active learning classrooms in newly renovated Gaige Hall. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reconstructed building was held on Aug. 29....

image of exhibition in Gaige Hall

Gaige Hall – A Retrospective

At some point in their time at Rhode Island College, nearly every student has passed through the doors of Gaige Hall. It was one of the school’s two largest classroom buildings, together with Craig-Lee Hall, and between them they housed more than half of all general-purpose classrooms on campus....

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Student Union 50th Anniversary

The Student Union held its 50th anniversary and reunion celebration on September 29, 2017. Built in 1967 by Lamborghini and Pipka architectural firm, "RIC's Student Union is one of the centerpieces of the student experience," said Kristen King Salemi '86, M.A. '93, director of the Student Union. It is also one of the primary campus facilities that fosters and supports student engagement in extracurricular activities....

RIC Fest McLarty exhibition

Adams Library is New Home for Alum’s Distinctive Work

In October 2017 a ceremony was held in Gaige Hall to dedicate a collection of work by celebrated author, playwright and narrator Ron McLarty ’69. McLarty, who earned his B.A. in English at RIC, donated to the college original manuscripts of his novels, plays and poems; his extensive audiobook narrations; photos; reviews; and his biography....

photograph of Steve Antunes

RIC's School of Business Solidifies Alum's Future in Financial Planning

Steve Antunes ’17 is proof positive that earning a Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.Ac.) degree at RIC’s School of Business can jumpstart an accounting or financial planning career. In June 2017 he landed a position as a certified financial planner at SK Wealth Management, LLC in Providence, crediting his M.P.Ac. from RIC for his advancement....

Karen Ramirez

The Making of a Teacher: Karen Ramirez’s Story

First-generation Latina Karen Ramirez couldn’t be more talented, energized and prepared to join the ranks of racially diverse teachers in Rhode Island. Less than 5 percent of Rhode Island teachers are of color and only 2 percent are Latino....

Jocelyne de Gouvenain

RIC Alumna Wins National Nursing Award for Master’s Research

According to the most recent World Health Organization report, Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate – defined as deaths due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth – in the Western Hemisphere, with 670 deaths per 100,000 live births....

Brandi Didino

Brandi DiDino – Committed to Bettering the Lives of Rhode Island’s Children

Connecting with children is why Brandi DiDino entered the field of social work. She believes “it is through human connections that we survive in life.” DiDino is a 2017 RIC alumna and a social caseworker II in the Family Service Unit of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families....

Michelle Valletta

Dry Bones Come Alive for RIC Alumna Michelle Valletta

They say dead men tell no tales, yet for the past five years Michelle Valletta, a public historian, has been examining their tombstones, researching their lives and calling attention to their contributions to Rhode Island history....

image of students outside a thatched house

A Summer of Experiential Learning in Shakespeare’s England


English soil to relive a remarkable period of English history – the Elizabethan era – a time of laced corsets and gilt-edged ruffs, a time when William Shakespeare, one of England’s greatest playwrights, was producing his timeless literary works....

city street in Portugal

Business - IT Field Study in Portugal

Over Spring Break, five RIC students decided to mix business with pleasure when they enrolled in the first Business-IT Field Study in Portugal course, led by Kyungsub Choi, associate professor of computer information systems....

photograph of April Donahue

Building Support for RIC Graduate Students

April Donahue ’17 is serving as Rhode Island College’s first graduate program navigator, connecting graduate students to on- and off-campus resources that address issues such as time management, academic support, housing and food insecurity....

Melissa Marcotte

Active Learning - In Action at RIC

The initial assumption by many psych majors is that if they enroll in a Research Methods course they’re signing up for a painful descent into boredom, said RIC Assistant Professor of Psychology Melissa Marcotte. That is, until they enroll in her courses....

farm field in Ecuador

Putting Down Roots: A Group of RIC Students makes a Long-term Commitment to Agriculture in Ecuador

When most people head south for the winter, they’re in search of sunshine and relaxation. But when Nicole Nehiley ’17 and RIC senior Allison Barry boarded a plane for Ecuador two years ago, they sought something quite different....​

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