Alumni Awards and Criteria

2019 John Nazarian Alumnus of the Year recipients Mark Mancini ’90 and Pamela Mancini ’86

Award Names and Descriptions

The Alumni Awards are presented annually to graduates and community leaders whose personal and professional achievement and service to the community and Rhode Island College and/or the Alumni Association bring honor upon themselves and the College.

This award will be designated to a Rhode Island College graduate who has given outstanding service to the college and the Alumni Association as represented by their time, talent or treasure.  

This award is designed for a Rhode Island College graduate who has brought honor to the college by distinguished achievement in their field. 

The nominee for this award need not be a graduate of Rhode Island College but shall be employed by the college as a faculty member who has made a unique contribution to the college (e.g., received student commendation for exceptional teaching, produced printed publication, led research initiative, developed a new program). 

The nominee for this award need not be a graduate of Rhode Island College but they must have contributed to the college through their time, talent or resources or be an outstanding citizen who has contributed to the state or nation, reflecting the ideal of service to humanity. 

The nominee for this award need not be a graduate of Rhode Island College but shall be employed by the college as a staff member. The nominee must also have made a unique contribution to the college (e.g., received student commendation for exceptional service, developed a new program, was recognized for quality of service to the community or campus). 

This award is intended for a Rhode Island College graduate who received their degree within the last 10 years and has contributed to the college and/or Alumni Association since graduation by giving their time, talent or resources (e.g., mentoring current students or alumni, being involved or volunteering in a campus group or activity, providing internship opportunities to current students or job opportunities to recent graduates). 

Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, School of Business, Zvart Onanian School of Nursing and School of Social Work.

This award is designated for a Rhode Island College graduate who received their degree at least five years prior to their nomination and has brought honor to the college by distinguished achievement in their field. The nominee shall be a role model whose success demonstrates the value of a Rhode Island College degree. There will be one honoree selected from each school, except for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which shall have three honorees.