Institute Launch

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Institute was officially launched on October 21, 2006, with a daytime conference and evening gala. At the gala, Meredith Vieira, co-host of NBC's TODAY show and national honorary chair of the Institute's community campaign, addressed attendees via satellite in Donovan Dining Hall.

Former Rhode Island General Treasurer Paul Tavares, regional chair of the community campaign, also spoke to the over 200-community members and international guests who attended the gala.

Keynote speaker Peter D. Salins, a professor at the State University of New York, addressed a large crowd in Alger Hall about immigration policy and the challenges of assimilation faced by newcomers to the United States.

Rhode Island State Senator Daniel DaPonte, son of Azorean immigrants and supporter of Portuguese studies, served as master of ceremonies at the launch gala.

Marie Fraley, Institute launch coordinator with General Treasurer Paul J. Tavares, regional honorary chairperson of the Community Campaign for the Portuguese Studies Endowment Fund.

U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy greets Dr. Rui Chancerelle Machete, chairman of the Luso-American Foundation of Lisbon, Portugal, a major contributor to the Portuguese Studies Endowment Fund.


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Excerpt taken from the Rhode Island College Alumni Magazine, Winter 2007 issue.

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