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Nancy Carriuolo named winner of RI International Film Festival's George M. Cohan Ambassador Award


RIC President Nancy Carriuolo
RIC President Nancy Carriuolo is the recipient of the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival’s (RIIFF) George M. Cohan Ambassador Award. Karen Bordeleau, acting executive editor of Providence Journal, will present the award during the Rhode Island Film Forum at noon on Thursday, Aug. 9, at The Providence Biltmore Ballroom, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, R.I. The award will precede the keynote address by actor Amy Redford.

Presented annually, the award recognizes an outstanding artist whose work, passion, and drive epitomizes a level of excellence that reflects creatively on their Rhode Island roots or work. Named after famed Providence entertainer George M. Cohan, this award honors those who have made a timeless contribution to the arts and who have inspired future generations of Rhode Islanders.

According to RIIFF's Advisory Board President, Michael Drywa, Esq., "In the case of President Carriuolo, the award recognizes her work as an arts activist, and supporter. Her visionary work has fostered an environment where Rhode Island College has become a nationally recognized incubator for the arts and a nurturing environment for young talent."

Carriuolo, the ninth president of Rhode Island College, received national recognition for her lifelong achievement in developmental education when named a CLADEA fellow. She is a longstanding member of the board of the Journal of Developmental Education. She was also the founding statewide leader of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Council on Education's network of women leaders in higher education and served on the board of New England Dollars for Scholar.

Carriuolo is currently a member of the boards of the Tech Collective as well as the Association for Authentic and Evidence-based Learning (AAEEBL), an international association, and serves on the board of Crossroads RI, the Veterans Auditorium (The Vets), and was formerly on the executive committee of the statewide Campus Compact.

Now in its 16th year, the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work. Ranked as one of the top 12 Festivals in the United States, RIIFF is also a qualifying festival for the Short Film Academy Award through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. There are 75 film festivals worldwide which share this distinction and RIIFF is the only festival in New England.