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Alumni Awards and Honor Roll Recipients

May 9, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Donovan Dining Center, Rhode Island College

For last-minute registrations, please contact Denise Males at (401) 456-8105.

Alumna of the Year Award

Anne (Colafrancesco) De Stefano ’66
Volunteer, Leader, Donor and Friend to Rhode Island College

Anne (Colafrancesco) De Stefano ’66 is known for her volunteerism and philanthropic vision. The Anne and Bob De Stefano Undergraduate Research Program at Rhode Island College provides opportunities for students to work alongside professors on significant projects. De Stefano serves on the Rhode Island College Foundation Board of Directors, as well as the Board of Trustees of St. Elizabeth Community.

Charles B. Willard Professional Achievement Award

Mike Montecalvo ’84
Co-anchor
WPRI-12 and FOX Providence

Alumni Service Award

Channavy Chhay ’01
Executive Director
Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians

Young Alumni Award

Dave Cranshaw '05
Senior Writer and Editor
University of New Haven

Mike Montecalvo ’84 anchors newscasts on WPRI-12 and FOX Providence. He has earned more than 45 community service and Associated Press awards and has multiple Emmy nominations for his work as a journalist. He also has helped raise millions of dollars for local charities.

Channavy Chhay ’01 is executive director of the Socio-Economic Development Center for Southeast Asians in Providence, R.I. Her organization provides services to 1,250 clients annually, including youth, family and elderly support; a meal site; health care advocacy; citizenship, ESL and GED classes; volunteer income tax clinics; and the International Language Bank.

Dave Cranshaw ’05 is senior writer and editor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. He is active with the Rhode Island College Young Alumni Group. He received a Presidential Scholarship while at RIC, and he co-founded the Communications Club on campus. Cranshaw also was active in the American Democracy Project and volunteered on several political campaigns.

Alumni Faculty Award

Mary M. Sullivan
Professor of Mathematics
Member of the Secondary Education department
Director of the R.I. STEM Center

Alumni Staff Award

Carol (Benedetti) Peck
School of Nursing
Rhode Island College

Mary M. Sullivan is director of the Rhode Island STEM Center at Rhode Island College, where she also is a professor of mathematics in the math and computer science department and a member of the department of educational studies. Sullivan is on the board of directors of the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education and a member of numerous professional associations.

Carol (Benedetti) Peck, clerk secretary at the Rhode Island College School of Nursing, oversees all office duties in the School of Nursing and responds to the needs of faculty, staff, students and parents. Peck has helped the School of Nursing raise $150,000 for the Dean’s Development Fund over the past six years.

Special Award for
Distinguished Service to Alumni

Patricia "Patti" (Horan) Doyle ’84
Senior Vice President
RDW Group

Special Award for
Distinguished Service to Alumni, in Memoriam

Richard J. Walton
Adjunct Faculty
President, Adjunct Faculty Union
Rhode Island College

Patricia “Patti” (Horan) Doyle ’84, a partner and executive vice president with the RDW Group, a public relations firm in Providence, R.I., donated her services to help promote and win passage of Question 3, the 2012 bond referendum that provides Rhode Island College with $50 million to renovate, modernize and expand three buildings on campus.

Richard J. Walton,1928-2012, was an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island College for 28 years. He also was president of the RIC Adjunct Faculty Union, which he helped found. Walton was an active volunteer and fundraiser for Amos House, the George Wiley Center, Stone Soup Coffee House and the Sister Cities Project between Providence and Niquinohomo, Nicaragua.

2013 Honor Roll Alumni Recipients

Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Shawn Cournoyer ’97
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Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Luis San Lucas ’88, ’92
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Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Regina (Ferrucci) McAdam ’95, M.M.Ed ’06
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Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
Thomas Barbieri ’91
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School of Management
Doris (Arroyo) Blanchard ’97
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School of Nursing
Deborah (DiCecco) Coppola ’81
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School of Social Work
Miriam (White) Bjurman ’90
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2013 Student Honor Roll Scholarship Recipients

Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Andy Montan
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Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Zohar Moyal
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Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Nina Silva
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Feinstein School of Education and Human Development
Sandra (Roy) Laverdiere
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School of Management
Jonathan Suero
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School of Nursing
Ericka Samoorian
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School of Social Work
René Breton
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Prior Alumni Award winners

Page last updated: June 3, 2013