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Volume 8, Number 5 Summer 2009 www.ccri.edu/alum Golf tournament is a day Class of 2009 joins of fun, friendly competition the Alumni Association Community College of Rhode For alumni staffers, Throughout much of the year, the classrooms of the Island alumni, staff and friends Community College of Rhode commencement hit the links at Foster Country Island’s Knight Campus serve as brings back memories Club on June 17 for the college’s laboratories and lecture halls but 7th Annual Alumni Association on May 15, they were dressing Behind every Community Golf Tournament. rooms. Hundreds of graduates College of Rhode Island com- A total of 88 golfers came to- from the school’s 1,500-strong mencement are hundreds of gether to raise money for alumni Class of 2009 gathered on the faculty and staff who provided programming and the Alumni top floor of the Knight Campus the graduates with their educa- Association Book Award, which megastructure to prepare for the tion and gave them the support gives a student a $250 credit 44th commencement ceremony. they needed to succeed. The graduates donned their For these employees, watching to buy textbooks in the CCRI robes and adjusted their tas- CCRI’s students walk across the Bookstore. sels in the rooms where they stage in the Vincent A. Cullen Many of the course’s 18 holes had studied literature, foreign Field House is the most reward- had special prizes and functions, languages, business and other ing moment of the year. More such as a Pot-of-Gold contest for subjects. In getting here, many than 100 of CCRI’s faculty and getting your ball on the green, CCRI alumni Charlie Miller ’89 (left) and Michael Archetto ’75 wait faced challenges tougher than staff have made this same walk an award for being closest to the for the shotgun start at the Foster Country Club during the 7th An- nual Alumni Association Golf Tournament on June 17. any exam question. themselves and several of them pin, and a 2009 Audi from Inskip One of these students was are involved with planning the Auto Mall for a hole-in-one on free gym membership, sports said that the cost of textbooks Dhamarys Murillo, who will commencement ceremony each the 18th hole. memorabilia and more. can be a challenge for some finish her last nursing class in year. Unfortunately, none of the golf- Proceeds from a silent and live students and is sometimes what August. One is Linda Manish ’77, ad- ers was able to claim this prize. auction as well as the golfers’ pushes college just out of their fi- “I came to this country 20 ministrative assistant to Associ- While none of the prizes registration fees helped give an nancial reach. The Alumni Book years ago and I didn’t speak ate Vice President for Student awarded was as spectacular as a even more valuable gift to CCRI Award, presented to financially English,” she said. “To be able Services Ronald L. Shertz and free car, golfers were able to win students. challenged students twice a year, to graduate from an American commencement coordinator. donated raffle and silent auction Sondra Pitts ’66, president of college – I’m really proud.” Manish is part of a committee prizes such as cases of wine, a the CCRI Alumni Association, Golf tournament, page 8 Commencement, page 4 Alumni staffers, page 4 New book for sale chronicles CCRI history Coach Ken McDonald ’90 What did you wear to CCRI’s reminiscences and biographies of has Rhode Island roots annual Halloween Dance? Were prominent figures in the college’s The Community College of you a member of the Shielders? history to tell the story of CCRI’s Rhode Island Knights basket- Did you listen to Radio RIJC or founding in 1964 as Rhode Is- ball team is in a junior college pull a prank on Reverse Haze land Junior College through 1980 league, so its players don’t Day? when it was given its modern usually participate in the NCAA These events and organizations name. tournament. But last March, one were a prominent part of student Authors Julie Novak and Rich- Knight made it to the second life in the early days of the Com- ard Coren, employees of CCRI’s round. munity College of Rhode Island Marketing and Communications Ken McDonald ’90 has had a and, even if you don’t remember Department, said they chose to 20-year career in college basket- them, they are an important part focus their book on everyday ball that started when he was a of the school’s history – part of student life during that trailblaz- player at CCRI. He recently fin- what CCRI was and has become ing era. ished his first season as a head for students, faculty and staff “The students got organized coach at Western Kentucky Uni- past and present. and went to the faculty to create students on campuses throughout versity (WKU), where he led That history is preserved in a dances, the basketball team, the state. the Hilltoppers into the second this is already an impressive new book, “Community College the student senate, they really Over the years, many aspects of round of the NCAA tournament basketball career, one that has of Rhode Island: An Illustrated considered themselves pioneers,” life at CCRI came and went, as in an upset victory. gone from the Ocean State to History, The Rhode Island Junior Coren said. did an ever-increasing number of With a 25-8 season record, the the Big East. College Years,” which is on Readers of the illustrated his- graduates, which now totals more Hilltoppers were in a strong po- McDonald’s breakthrough into sale now in CCRI bookstores, tory will be able to see that spirit than 54,000. As the years passed sition going into the tournament, college basketball came in 1988 through the Marketing and Com- on display as the school evolves and the school evolved, more but were knocked out in the when he enrolled at CCRI out munications Department on the over 16 years and 48 pages from alumni came to work for the second round by a heartbreaking of high school and joined the Warwick campus and online at a small endeavor in a single college, joining ranks with the buzzer beater shot. Knights as a shooting guard. www.ccri.edu/illustratedhistory. building in Providence to a bus- For the 38-year-old McDon- The book uses archival photos, tling college with thousands of History book, page 8 ald, a first-time head coach, McDonald, page 7 Liston Campus One Hilton Street Inside: Pharmacist Brooke van Eeghen ’00 finds Non-profit Providence, RI 02905-2304 Organization U.S. POSTAGE her calling; Class Notes; Changing Lives Celebration ALUMNI ID PAID Providence, RI Permit No. honors three; college receives $50,000 gift for 1693 technology; spring sports results and more … 2 Pharmacist Brooke van Eeghen ’00 found love of health care at CCRI To complete her education, money for tuition, van Eeghen macy and Health Sciences for an what needed to be done.” CCRI graduate Brooke Marie enrolled in CCRI’s Respiratory accelerated pharmacy doctoral In 2005, van Eeghen’s educa- van Eeghen ’00 held three full- Therapy program. program. She continued to work tion switched mostly to clinical time jobs; a respiratory therapist, When she graduated from at Kent Hospital during this time, work in hospitals. She was work- a student and a mother. She CCRI in 2000, earning the which led to a grueling schedule. ing in an environment she loved worked a night shift at Kent Hos- school’s Award for Clinical When her shift ended just after and knew she was “home free.” pital and studied in a rigorous ac- Excellence in Cardio/Respira- dawn, she drove immediately van Eeghen, now 32, said she celerated pharmacy program dur- tory Care, van Eeghen was only from Warwick to Worcester for a is proud of her work and happy ing the day, all while raising her beginning to push herself. day of classes. that she has been able to remain son as a single parent. She spent She immediately enrolled in “That was tough. Sometimes in the hospital setting, where she eight years in higher education, pre-pharmacy courses at Rhode I would change in the bathroom feels she can help patients more balancing many obligations Island College and worked full- at school out of my scrubs and directly. while pursuing her dream of time as a respiratory therapist into school clothes,” van Eeghen She said she never could have working in medicine. That work at Kent Hospital specializing in said. gotten here without the help of has paid off for van Eeghen, who respiratory ailments. At the end of the school day, her friends and her family. Her today is a pharmacist at Rhode van Eeghen worked the “grave- van Eeghen drove back to her parents are Mark van Eeghen, Island Hospital. Looking back yard shift” from 11 p.m. to 7 home in Cranston to be with her who played football for the down a long road, one that began a.m., treating patients of all ages son. Her life became a matter of Oakland Raiders and the New at CCRI, van Eeghen said with with conditions from asthma to Brooke van Eeghen ’00, a phar- “stolen minutes,” napping in the England Patriots, and Nancy of satisfaction that she “did what emphysema to trauma injuries. macist at Rhode Island Hospital, basement of the college, study- Cranston. She also credited the needed to be done.” She was called into work the was inspired to pursue a career ing between classes and during faculty and staff at the schools van Eeghen was first drawn to night of The Station nightclub in medicine by her grandmother, breaks on the night shift, and she has attended. medicine by her grandmother, fire, one of her most challenging who was an Army nurse. over meals. She slept about three “I can’t give anything but who was an Army nurse. After shifts. needed it most. hours a day, sometimes in her praise to all three institutions,” she finished Cranston West High “You can imagine the kinds of “I think I fell in love with the car on the side of the road on the she said. “I couldn’t have done it School in 1994 – graduating on things that went on there,” she hospital setting during the respi- way back home. without all the teachers and staff time after having a son at age said. ratory time so that was always “Looking back on it now, peo- and everybody.” 15 – van Eeghen began saving Despite her job’s challenges, my niche,” she said. ple say, ‘How did you do that?’” She added, “If it seems like a money for college. In 1998, van Eeghen said she enjoyed In 2003, van Eeghen enrolled at van Eeghen said. “Now I look at lot for one person it probably is. I when she had earned enough helping patients when they Massachusetts College of Phar- it the same way, but it was just had a lot of help along the way.” News Briefs ID card needed for employees for their years of CCRI facility use service to the college. Recogni- CCRI alumni who wish to use tion for longevity was made in campus athletic facilities at the five-year increments starting Knight Campus in Warwick and with 10 years of service and at the Flanagan Campus in Lin- ending with 40 years of service. coln at no charge are required Of those honored, 36 had more to provide identification to the than 25 years of service, includ- facility manager on duty. Clip ing seven who have worked for and save the address label on the college, which opened in page 1 of this issue to use as an 1964, for 40 years. ID card that identifies you as an alumnus. For more informa- The employees are: Three former college administrators were honored with emeritus status in recognition of their many tion about athletic facilities, years of service during the Annual Retirees Barbecue held at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln on June 9. including hours of operation, go 40 years At left, President Ray Di Pasquale (left) recognizes Vincent A. Cullen as Athletic Director Emeritus. At to www.ccri.edu/athl/facilities. center, John “Jack” White Jr. (left) is congratulated for being selected Executive Director Emeritus of the shtml. Randolph Blasing Liston Campus in Providence. At right, President Di Pasquale and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lela Richard Cardin Morgan present Charles C. D’Arezzo with a certificate in recognition of his new distinction as Dean Alumni Association gives 56 Alfred Colonies Emeritus. book awards Sandra Johnson The CCRI Alumni Association John Mowry Carolyn Blum Hui-Ling Hung Jaclynne Laxon Sharon Perkins Stanley Butterworth Timothy Logan granted $250 awards to help Patricia Mannix 56 students defray the cost of Douglas Pettis John Cole Paul Macaruso Ellen Willard Gerald Renza Kimberly Crealey Rouillier Lisa Mallozzi books they needed for class in the 2009 academic year. More Teresa Squizzero Leslie Faraone-Wolff Anne Marie Marge 35 years James Stravato Kerri-Ann Gagnon Robin McDuff than 100 students applied to re- ceive the award. To establish a Isabel Trombetti William Jones Brenda McGill Terrie-Lynn Bell Joseph Koszela Janet Nelson book award for students, e-mail Ruth Crowther firstname.lastname@example.org. 20 years Jon Lu Geraldine Peixoto Mary Flynn Leigh Martin Rita Price Joseph Garvey Margaret Connell Jeanne Mullaney Rena Salvas Raffle raises $2,000 for Alum- Jeanne Nordquist Robert Considine Ellen Ogrodnik Patricia Simanski ni Association Book Awards Berthold Silverberg Stephanie Cruz Christine Peterson Richard Swearingen During March 2009, the CCRI Alumni Association awarded Robert Daly Wayne Pierce Ann Sweet 30 years Carole Devine Dale Powis Denise Turgeon $1,000 in cash prizes to partici- pants in its annual Daily Raffle. Antonio Dias Donna Rajotte Glenn Wolczak Mona Coppola Robin Donnelly Nancy Wyllie Money raised from the promo- tion supports alumni programs Philip Garofolini Daniel Donovan Denise Yordy and collegewide initiatives. Patricia Lambrou Gerald Doran Norman Mageau Philomena Fayanjuola 10 years Green and White Save the date Thomas Morrissey Joanne Galliano Staff The 15th annual CCRI Fall Joseph Parys Dennis Grassini Vincent Balasco Editor in Chief: Marisa Albini, Golf Classic, which raises funds Wendy Pelto James Isherwood Bruce Barrett Wayne Suits Director of Alumni Affairs for student scholarship assis- William Johnson Kathleen Blade Managing Editor: Julie Novak tance, will be held on Monday, Stephen Lajoie Janice Bonin 25 years Maureen McGarry Beverly Carrion Layout: Richard Coren Sept. 21, 2009, at the Warwick Linda Meyer Terrie Celentano Photographer: Dave Fischbach Country Club. Since the event began, more than $300,000 has Janet Anderson Ellen Mroz Rosemary Costigan Contributors been raised for student schol- Robert Burrell Susan Sienkiewicz Antone DeSouza arship assistance. To make a David Carlin Melissa Sullivan Nancy-Lee Devane Kristen Cyr reservation or to sponsor the Gail Erinakes Maria Tamborelli Elizabeth Dowling Dan LaCorbiniere event, call (401) 825-1218. Theresa Lefebvre Donald Fontes Robin McDuff ’98 Antoinette Littlejohn 15 years William Geary Dennis Moore Theresa Marzella Kelly Gregson Robert Preliasco Honored for years of service Arthur Mossberg Maureen Abbate Lynn Gudeczauskas Ellen Schulte CCRI recently recognized 106 3 Alumni Class Notes 1967 and 2001 1984 for his outstanding contributions at the Department’s Annual 2004 and 2007 2007 As a member of the Rhode Steve Calenda graduated from Employee Awards Ceremony on Cara Carlson and David Melissa Bibeault is the ninth Island Disaster Medical As- Rhode Island College in 1986. Horta were married at Hope member of her family to enter Feb. 19, 2009. sistance Team, Ron Smith He joined the Bristol Police Congregational Church in East the nursing profession. She deployed in March to the Red Department, where he was as- Providence on Aug. 16, 2008. works at St. Jude Hospital in River near Fargo, N. D., in an effort to save lives from flood- signed to various narcotic task forces and worked with the FBI, 1995 Memphis, Tenn. ing. U.S. Marshals and U.S. Secret Joseph Conti was promoted to lieutenant for the Lincoln Police 2005 Ronald L. Grenier II and Alyssa Scungio were married at Service. He also served as a Department. Marissa Cahill and Jonathan federal task force agent with Holy Apostles Church in Crans- Roberge were married during a 1969 the federal Drug Enforcement sunset ceremony on the beach ton on Aug. 1, 2008. Geoffrey Aldrich served in the Navy and returned to the Administration. Calenda retired 1996 at Frigate Bay, St. Kitts, on June Christopher Heon was pro- from the department on Feb. 1, Christopher Bedard and 23, 2008. moted to battalion chief for the Ocean State to attend Rhode 2009, with the rank of sergeant Lindsay McElroy were married West Warwick Fire Department. Island Junior College. The col- and accepted a job with MPRI, at the State House in Providence Sara Valletta and Nicholas lege inspired and motivated him a defense contracting company, on July 12, 2008. Pella were married at Cathe- Eric Zimmerman is a police to become an honor student and where he is assigned to the 1st dral of Saints Peter and Paul in officer for the Franklin, Mass., to continue his education at the Calvary Division as a member Thomas Quinlan was ap- Providence on July 5, 2008. Police Department. University of New Hampshire, of the prosecution task force to pointed assistant vice president where he received a bachelor’s locate and prosecute suspected and business development Sean Finneran received a degree. terrorists in Baghdad, Iraq. officer of Bank Rhode Island’s small business division. 2006 bachelor’s degree in accounting Matta Ghobreyal will start in May 2009 from the Univer- Ronald Gagne was appointed sity of Rhode Island. 1973 to the position of rescue deputy phamacy school in September James Gray is working as an chief for the town of Lincoln. 1997 2009 at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Joe Granata was accepted to industrial security specialist for Nga Le was named Rookie in Vermont. the Berklee College of Music in Kerri Gordon and Christo- Realtor of the Year by the Boston and made the dean’s list the Boeing Co. in Huntington pher DeWitt were married at the Northern Rhode Island Board of for the fall 2008 semester. He Beach, Calif. Kelly Pollard and Todd Searle Crowne Plaza in Warwick on Realtors in 2000. She owns her was named Guitarist of the Year June 20, 2008. were married at St. Barnabas own real estate franchise, Exit by Limelight Magazine in Janu- 1976 Realty the New Generation. Church in Warwick on Oct. 25, 2008. ary 2009 and was listed on the Jeanne Brennan was named 2009 Quotarian of the Year by 1989 prelimnary ballots for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in four Quota International of Woon- Candace Walker and Paul Fritsche were married at Blessed 1998 Baseball pitcher Brad Hertz- ler signed with the Brockton music categories for his work socket. Donna Chandler and Joseph on his first CD, “A Long Road Sacrament Church in Provi- Rox, a team in the Canadian to Hell.” Hoppe ’82 were married at St. dence on Sept. 20, 2008. Joseph’s Church in Burrillville American Association of Profes- 1977 on Dec. 13, 2008. sional Baseball League. He pitched in 2008 for the Kane Amber Williams and Doug- las Peluso were married at St. Chris Semonelli was elected 1990 County Cougars in the Oakland Mary’s Church in Cranston on to serve as president of the Town Council in Middletown. Lois Pirhala joined Home- front Health Care as nurse man- 1999 A’s organization. Nov. 22, 2008. Christopher Polinik was ager. She will assist in manag- sworn in as a new recruit at the 1978 ing in-home health care staff in Pawtucket Police Department. Alfred DeCorte was appoint- northern Rhode Island. What’s new in your life? ed building official for the town of West Warwick. 1992 2000 New job? Promotion? Retired? Relocated? Let your for- Kristen Palazzo and Joseph mer classmates know what’s new with you! Fill out this Charlene (Ferranti) Daven- Salvato were married at Holy Lilian Dolan started her own port was promoted to public re- form so your Class Note may be included in a future temporary employment busi- Cross Church in Providence on lations officer for The Washing- Oct. 12, 2008. edition of the Green & White. ness, Express Employment ton Trust Co. in Westerly. She Professionals, in 1998. joined the bank in July 2006 and Julia (Reardon) Kelly lives in Connecticut. 2001 Name Class Richard McKenna and Dan- Address received a bachelor’s degree ikka Dillon were married at St. from Roger Williams College, 1993 Philip Church in Greenville on City State ZIP graduating with the distinc- Jonathan Mendelsohn and Sept. 21, 2008. Phone number tion of summa cum laude in Robin Mathis were married in 1992. She earned a master’s of Providence on Nov. 24, 2008. E-mail business administration from Providence College in 1996. Kenneth Mallette earned a 2002 Is the above mailing address new? yes no Michael Oliveira and Bethany She is a divisional manager for master’s of business adminis- Giammarco were married on at the Navy Exchange at the Naval tration from Johnson & Wales St. Luke’s Church in Pawtucket Please send your information to: Station in Newport. University in May 2009. on Oct. 18, 2008. CCRI Office of Alumni Affairs Aboud Saggal of Johnston, 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865 1981 and 2008 a correctional officer at the 2004 You may also fax your information to (401) 333-7111 or e-mail email@example.com. Mark St. Pierre retired from Donald Price Medium Security Melissa Gadigian and Shane the T.F. Green Airport Fire Facility, was presented with the Burt were married at St. Adal- Department after more than 2008 Correctional Officer of bert’s Church in Providence on 35 years of service. He works the Year Award for outstand- April 29, 2005. part time as fire chief for the ing performance at the Rhode What’s new? Harrisville Fire District and is Island Department of Correc- Paula Chantre and Mark Car- attending Providence College, tions’ annual employee awards din were married at St. Teresa’s pursuing a bachelor’s degree in ceremony on Feb. 19, 2009. Church in Pawtucket on May history. 17, 2008. 1982 1994 Joseph Hoppe and Donna Michael Martufi of Johnston, 2004 and 2006 a correctional officer captain at Shannon Sullivan and David Chandler ’98 were married at the John J. Moran Medium Se- Laxon were married at Bella St. Joseph’s Church in Burrill- curity Facility, was recognized Restaurant in Burrillville on ville on Dec. 13, 2008. with the 2008 Teamwork Award Nov. 15, 2008. 4 Commencement Alumni staffers From page 1 Some graduates, such as nurs- ing student Nancy Sime, said they hoped their accomplish- ments would be an inspiration to important people in their lives. “I’m excited because I never did graduate from high school, I got my GED, so this is a great example for my kids,” she said. “I want to show them if you push yourself hard enough you can accomplish something worthwhile.” Another student, Joseph Moore, used a unique venue to honor the people who he said helped him get where he is. The top of his mortarboard was Above, President Ray Di Associate Registrar Cathy Tessier ’90 (left), Assistant Building and decorated with photos of CCRI Pasquale (left), Chairman of the Grounds Officer Michael Archetto ’75 and Administrative Assistant professors Joanne Orabone and Board of Governors for Higher to the Associate Vice President for Student Services Linda Manish ’77 Joann Warren, Moore’s boss Education Frank Caprio and have fond memories of attending CCRI and enjoy volunteering to from his job at Hasbro and two Gov. Donald Carcieri congratu- organize the college’s commencement exercises. CCRI enrollment services of- late student speaker Reham Ali. ficers who helped Moore find a At right, faculty marshals Kathy From page 1 pate in commencement so we’re way to pay for his education. Gazzola (left), chair of CCRI’s updating our lists and making of about 20 people, each with “I put the five most impor- Dental Health programs, and sure everyone has a spot to go Maddie Josephs, program different responsibilities who, tant people who helped me get under the direction of Schertz, to on commencement day,” she through college on my hat,” he director of Clinical Laboratory said. Technology and Histotechnician begins meeting in January each said. year. Different campus depart- Tessier also processes all programs, process to the com- Moore has been working on mencement ceremony. ments meet to discuss their of the graduating students to his business degree since 2005 individual responsibilities, such make sure that they meet their and is now the first person in his as maintenance, security, diplo- program’s graduation require- family to graduate from college mas, graduate honors, faculty ments. She was immediately in 20 years. marshals and others. hired to work for the dean of “If you stick through it, it’s the admissions after having been a best feeling you’ll ever have,” Linda Manish is student worker. he said. General Studies graduate nizing the accomplishments of you inspire me. I am inspired reminded of her own After a career spent at CCRI, commencement remains one of Danny Baker knows about stick- 1,500 graduates,” he said. by your seemingly boundless graduation “every her favorite parts of the job. ing through it. Since he started His favorite part of the cer- energy. Hold onto it.” taking classes in 2000, Baker emony, he said, is the awarding In his address, CCRI Presi- time I hear ‘Pomp “I enjoy working with the group. It’s nice to see the stu- gained a wife, two sons and a of degrees. dent Ray Di Pasquale shared and Circumstance.’ dents and interact with them on house – and saw them all taken “That’s why we’re here,” he many reasons to be inspired by Manish’s job is to make sure commencement day,” she said. away in a divorce and a fore- said. the Class of 2009, relating the that planning for commence- Another CCRI alumnus, assis- closure. Before his trials were Before Essex’s favorite part of incredible stories of some of the ment stays on schedule and tant building and grounds officer over, a blood clot in Baker’s leg commencement began, gradu- school’s candidates for gradua- that students are notified of Michael Archetto ’75, returned moved up into his lung, nearly ates and parents heard remarks tion speaker. graduation and that materials to the college after holding killing him. Now 27, Baker is a from Gov. Donald Carcieri, Lt. They included Sergio Pratt, are ordered on time, including various other jobs. “I wanted to college graduate who is inspired Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode who grew up in children’s shel- flowers, food, honor cords for work here because I have a lot by his education and his experi- Island State Treasurer Frank ters and foster care and will go the graduates and extra chairs of fond memories of CCRI,” he ences to go on to study nursing. T. Caprio Jr., Chairman of the on to study law, Menlee Man- for the hundreds of guests that said. “It’s always been a passion “It’s been a long time com- Board of Governors for Higher sue, a survivor of a genocide in ing, it’s time to start something the campus hosts during com- of mine and I feel that we do Education Frank Caprio, Com- Liberia, and Arabia Kopec, who new,” he said. mencement. make a difference here in young missioner of the Office of High- has worked for humanitarian Baker is a positive man. Manish said that her job is one people’s lives.” er Education Jack Warner, CCRI organizations all over the world. Despite his troubles, he smiled of the most rewarding at CCRI When the work of Archetto, President Ray Di Pasquale and Di Pasquale said that these are when he said, “I’ve got nothing because she is able to see the Manish, Tessier and hundreds of Class of 2009 Student Speaker just some of CCRI’s standout but my education but no one can moment that the hard work of CCRI employees comes togeth- Reham Ali. students and that every single take that from me.” students, staff and faculty comes er, it creates a wonderful event Retired R.I. Supreme Court graduate has achieved some- When the students were ready, to fruition. for the graduates to remember Chief Justice Frank Williams thing special. they marched through their new She is reminded of her own for the rest of their lives. delivered the commencement “Wherever I go in the commu- alma mater, briefly out under the nity, I talk about all of your suc- graduation “every time I hear address. “It’s pretty special because it warm sun of a spring afternoon, In it, he urged the gradu- cesses,” he said. “Even in these ‘Pomp and Circumstance.’ does bring back memories of and into the Vincent A. Cul- ates to face this uncertain time trying economic times, you have “You get that little twang of your experiences here and your len Field House. The graduates in our nation’s history with persevered by acquiring new excitement and it brings a little career here at CCRI,” Archetto were led by commencement perseverance and integrity, the knowledge and valuable skills at bit of a tear to your eye some- said. “You can draw on the marshals, many of whom were same virtues they had shown in CCRI that will prepare you for times,” she said. “You think energies and the emotions, the the same professors who had achieving their degrees, and to your future.” back on your own high school happy feelings of being here and led the graduates through their help turn Rhode Island around. Warner’s address demonstrated graduation and your own col- lege one. You hear the bagpipers graduating. And you get to do it careers in higher education. “Class of 2009, you really are the accomplishments of CCRI’s every year.” One marshal was Jim Essex, the future of Rhode Island. We students. and you think, ‘It’s been another year.’” Director of Alumni Affairs a retired social sciences faculty need your talent and energy “How many of you worked For Associate Registrar Cathy Marisa Albini, who is co-chair member who was the grand in our beloved state,” he said. while you attended CCRI?” he Tessier ’90, her work takes of the Commencement Com- marshal for 22 of CCRI’s com- Williams asked the graduates asked. place behind the scenes. She is mittee, said about 175 CCRI mencement ceremonies. He was to serve their community in Nearly all the graduates raised present at all but one of CCRI’s responsible for making sure the alumni work for the college. She any way they can, be it through their hands. commencements, including the graduates’ names are spelled said that all of CCRI’s behind- AmeriCorps, Teach for America, “How many of you had family first one, when the first students volunteer work in their neigh- responsibilities? How many are correctly and their honors and the-scenes employees deserve to graduate from Rhode Island borhoods, or the military. the first in your family to earn a awards are included in the credit for their work, and it is Junior College walked across “As new college graduates, college degree?” program. Like Manish, Tessier their dedication and that makes the steps of the Rhode Island you have the knowledge and Many of the graduates contin- is responsible for ensuring the alumni want to return. State House. the power to make a difference. ued to raise their hands, a silent procession goes smoothly. She “I think that people want to Essex has continued to par- Seize this opportunity,” he said. sign of their perseverance. coordinates the marching lines come back and they want to ticipate in commencement even In closing, Williams said, “Class Whatever is in store for the of students and faculty marshals give back,” she said. “They had after his retirement in 2002. of 2009, I am here today be- Class of 2009, considering what and the setup of the field house. such a good experience at CCRI “I like the festive atmosphere cause I am supposed to inspire they have overcome, they go “We have students who show that they want to help other stu- and the fact that we’re recog- you, but to be quite frank, all of toward it prepared. up the day of wanting to partici- dents get an education also.” 5 Society of the Knights, March 27, 2009 From left are: David P. Monti ’72, Sandy Sokoll ’76 and ’01, Mary Ann Shallcross Smith ’82, Anne M. Sliney ’78, Ronald J. Caniglia, Julie M. White, Candy Castaldi ’80, Larry Gemma ’77 and Edward Gemma. The CCRI Alumni Association inducted six alumni into the Society of the Knights as part of A Knight of Stars event on March 27 at Quidnes- sett Country Club in North Kingstown. This honor, which is given to alumni who have brought honor upon themselves and the college, was presented to Candy Castaldi ’80, senior vice president of the circulator division at Taco Inc.; David P. Monti ’72, senior vice president of RDW Group; Mary Ann Shallcross Smith ’82, CEO/president of Dr. Day Care Family; Anne M. Sliney ’78, director of clinical nursing and training at the William J. Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative; and Sandy So- koll ’76 and ’01, chief accountant at the Community College of Rhode Island. Larry Gemma ’77 and GEM Plumbing, Heating and Electric were inducted as corporate honorees. The association also recognized two honorary alumni, Julie M. White, former CCRI dean of Institutional Advancement, and Ronald J. Caniglia, president of Stand Corp. The CCRI Alumni Association recognizes event sponsors GEM Plumbing, Heating and Electric, Taco Inc. and Stand Corp. for their contributions to this year’s A Knight of Stars event. 6 CCRI Foundation News Event honors three for changing lives, achieves new fundraising success May 21 was a gala night of Amica Mutual Insurance Co. Roberts has worked with the for the Community College for their participation in the college more directly. As presi- of Rhode Island. The CCRI company’s Citizenship Grant dent and CEO of VNA of Care Foundation hosted its annual Program. Under this program, New England, she has worked Changing Lives Celebration at Amica makes donations to the with CCRI to design practicums the Liston Campus, an event charitable causes the company’s for the college’s nursing stu- that raised more than $56,600 in employees champion in their dents, giving them a rich experi- total revenue for the college. spare time – causes as diverse ence in their clinical trials. She More than 200 people, includ- as lymphoma research to animal also helped develop the Health ing the mayors of Providence, welfare. One such cause is the Care Futures Initiative, designed Warwick and Newport, attended Community College of Rhode to train more professionals in the event, which offered catered Island itself; Amica Account- health care’s growing specialty hors d’oeuvres and a live jazz ing Department Vice President areas, and the Summer Nursing band. Guests participated in a Richard Edwards is also on the Admissions Program. silent and live auction with all board of directors of the CCRI Roberts also is the chair of The CCRI Foundation’s Changing Lives Celebration at the Liston the Newton-Routhier Nurse proceeds benefiting scholarships Foundation. Campus in Providence raised money for scholarships and other and collegewide initiatives. Amica has donated more than Scholarship Program and is con- initiatives and honored three “champions” for their work. Pictured CCRI Foundation President $100,000 to CCRI during the are Robert DiMuccio (left), who accepted the Business Champion sidered an expert on the nursing Award on behalf of all of the employees at Amica Mutual Insurance shortage in Rhode Island. In Mark Gim said, “Every year we school’s various capital cam- Co.; CCRI President Ray Di Pasquale; Karen Adams, who received 2005, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed do this, the tone of the event paigns and the construction of the Community Champion Award; Providence Mayor David Cicil- sought her expertise on the nurs- improves. It was particularly the Newport County Campus line; and Nancy Roberts, who received the Education Champion ing shortage and she was asked satisfying to see this level of and the Dental Hygiene Clinic Award. to provide expert testimony at a participation and support for the at the Flanagan Campus. news, Adams is familiar to ams realized the role that CCRI field hearing. college.” The company also was the Rhode Islanders for her exten- plays in the state. For months Her passion for home health Geraldine Peixoto, CCRI’s chief sponsor of the Changing sive charitable work. She is a afterward, she said, in public care, education and mentoring coordinator of special events Lives Celebration. has been widely recognized and annual funds, said that this “We believe that the key to a board trustee with the Com- places and businesses of all munity Preparatory School and both locally and nationally – in- year’s celebration was the most strong economy is a very well kinds, she would run into CCRI Meeting Street, which she first cluding the 2007 Dick Anderton successful to date. “Because of educated work force,” said graduates who remembered her became involved with in 1989 Mentor of the Year Award, the our generous sponsors, donors Robert DiMuccio, chairman, speech. Adams said that seeing when she moved to Rhode highest national recognition and volunteers, we raised more president and CEO of Amica, so many students of all ages in Island. that any individual employed money this year than at past about his company’s support of so many different places showed for a visiting nurse agency may Adams is also involved with Changing Lives events,” she CCRI. her that CCRI’s graduates make receive. the Friends of Lincoln School said. Two individuals also were up a significant part of Rhode CCRI President Ray Di and Friends of Sophia Acad- Not all of the night’s suc- recognized, Karen Adams, Island’s business and cultural Pasquale called Roberts, “a emy, organizes charity walks cess belonged to the college. WPRI 12 news anchorwoman, and fundraisers, participates in fabric. tireless advocate working to The event also honored Rhode and Nancy Roberts, president charity golf tournaments, has “I think that’s what’s very cool provide educational opportuni- Island champions of educa- and CEO of VNA of Care New donated her time to previous about CCRI,” she said. “I love ties.” tion, business and community England. Both women work to CCRI Changing Lives events the fact that they’re offering so At the end of the night, to service, people who are truly improve the lives of Rhode Is- and was the college commence- many opportunities to so many rousing applause, Di Pasquale changing lives. landers and have been involved ment speaker in 2008. different people on all different announced that the Changing The Business Champion with the college. It was after delivering the levels.” Lives Celebration had surpassed award went to the employees Aside from Channel 12 TV commencement address that Ad- Education Champion Nancy its fundraising goal. Transforming spaces Gift will provide new technology at Newport County Campus The Alletta Morris McBean progresses, the college has build new state-of-the-art facili- Charitable Trust has awarded begun requiring all nursing and ties, establish scholarships and the Community College of health science students to sit enhance its athletics programs. Rhode Island $50,000 to pur- for electronic, Web-based ex- To date, the college has raised chase wireless laptop computers aminations. The college also is more than $3 million toward its and carts to integrate informat- shifting from paper patient care goal. ics into the existing health sci- plans to electronic, e-mail-ready ences curriculum at the Newport versions similar to those utilized Visit the new Imagine Two critical County Campus. in the clinical setting. Phase campaign Web site learning areas Informatics is the science of two will include instruction and for students information and the practice of experience with tutorial patient will be under information processing. Health management software. construction this summer for care informatics connotes much “The Alletta Morris McBean improvements more, as lives are saved and op- Charitable Trust has been a and technology erating costs are reduced when generous and longtime sup- upgrades made nurses and health care profes- porter of the college and clearly possible with sionals are trained to operate recognizes the importance and money raised efficiently in modern, high-tech significance of the equipment through CCRI’s health care environments. necessary for the immediate capital campaign, The federal government plans and unilateral implementation “Imagine: The for most Americans to have an of informatics for our nursing Campaign for electronic health care record by and health sciences students,” Endless Pos- For the latest news and 2014. In facilitating interaction said CCRI President Ray Di updates about the CCRI sibilities.” Using $500,000 in funds, the Knight Campus Library (top), as shown here from the second floor, will be transformed and information-sharing among Pasquale. “I am truly grateful Imagine campaign, go to into a space with improved technology and improved lighting and different health care institutions for their support.” www.ccri.edu/imagine. The seating for instruction and study. As part of the college’s $1.5 mil- and providers, electronic health The gift counts toward the site highlights the contribu- lion campaign commitment to its Allied Health programs, CCRI is records will vastly improve the college’s $5.5 million “Imagine: tions of campaign donors replacing outdated equipment with new, advanced technology in quality and efficiency of health The Campaign for Endless Pos- and includes information its Dental Assisting Lab at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln (bot- care. sibilities.” This capital cam- about new projects and tom). The next issue of the Green & White will include photos of As phase one of the informat- paign is raising funds to support initiatives at the campuses. the construction progress. ics implementation process CCRI’s Allied Health programs, 7 Athletics Spring sports teams add to CCRI’s winning tradition Baseball Softball The CCRI Knights baseball The Lady Knights completed team finished the season with a an undefeated season for the record of 32-11 after an ap- second year in a row with a 10-0 pearance in the East District record in Region XXI play and Championship where they lost finished 14-4 overall, losing to to Monroe Community Col- Mercyhurst in the District Tour- lege in the deciding game. The nament. Six players earned All- team earned the Sportsmanship Region XXI honors, including Award for Region XXI and four co-captain Julie Paradis (Lin- players earned All-Region XXI coln), Caitlin Montella (War- honors. Joe Correia (Burrill- wick), Courtney St. Germain ville) was selected defensive (Lincoln), who set the school player of the year, Kyle Borden shutout record, Nicole Kufel (Lincoln) and Dave Krasnow- (Riverdell, N.J.), Kaela-Rose iecki (Cranston) earned first Gentile (Glocester) and Marian team honors and Lou Tarantino Long (Warwick). (Trumbull, Conn.) was named Region XXI Player of the Year. Men’s tennis The CCRI men’s tennis team Golf finished their season in fifth Dave Krasnowiecki of Cranston warms up before the Knights’ loss The CCRI men’s golf team place at the 2009 NJCAA Divi- to Monroe Community College on May 18. Krasnowiecki earned finished the year 6-8 with wins sion III Men’s Tennis Tourna- first team All-Region XXI honors. over Dean College and Spring- ment held May 9 to 14 in Allen, field Technical Community Texas. The team finished the Cavanagh (Middletown), who Championship. Mike Fernandes College. They placed second in regular season 7-2 and was were ranked in the top 10 in (Providence) led the Knights the Region XXI Tournament, ranked No. 6 in the country singles and doubles by the ITA. placing fifth in the javelin falling to Holyoke Community by the Intercollegiate Tennis and 20th in the 100m. Everett College by 22 strokes. George Association (ITA). The team’s Track and field LaMountain (Smithfield) placed Gingell (Burrillville), Nicklaus record marks the Knights’ best The CCRI outdoor track teams sixth in the 1500m, ninth in the Oaklund (North Kingstown) and finish since 1992 when they finished in 11th place at the 800m, and 12th in the 5,000m. Matthew Phillips (Cranston) Lou Tarantino of Trumbull, Conn., placed fourth at nationals. The Northeast District Champion- For team rosters and more received All-Region honors for was named Region XXI Player of Knights were led by co-captains ship and 16th at the NJCAA information, go to www.ccri. their contributions. the Year. (Photos by Dan Aurelio.) Nate York (Smithfield) and Alex Track and Field National edu/athl. McDonald From page 1 Providence teams had.” He recalls his early years in McDonald graduated from basketball at CCRI as some of PC in 1992 wanting to coach the sweetest of his career. basketball but unsure how to get “I look back at that as one of there. He played in Ireland for the great experiences of my life, a year and then put his business getting me ready for the chal- degree to use working for an ac- lenges that I had coming up,” counting firm. In 1994, McDon- McDonald said. ald’s former Friars coach, Rick Barnes, offered him an assistant McDonald also appreciated the coaching position at Clemson school’s academic environment. University in South Carolina. “The teachers were outstand- McDonald’s coaching career ing. They really took an interest had begun. He went on to serve in us as people so every part of as an assistant at South Caro- the experience was a fun one.” lina, WKU, the University of On the court, McDonald Georgia and the University of learned under one of CCRI’s Texas, where McDonald’s team most famous educators, retired went to the Elite 8 during the Athletic Director Vincent A. 2007-08 season. With a team Cullen. like that, there was only one “He’s an incredible teacher kind of offer that could pull and motivator, just a wonderful McDonald away: Last year he person, someone that every- Coach Ken McDonald cuts the was asked to return to Western one wanted to work hard for,” net after his team won the Sun Kentucky, this time as head McDonald said about his former Belt Conference Tournament coach. coach. “He’s touched a lot of Championship on March 10. (Mc- “We put in a lot of hard work,” lives over the course of his Donald photos by J S Robinson/ McDonald said about his sea- career.” MoonDog Digital Imaging.) son. “The players did a good job Cullen led the Knights to the records. He racked up a total of working hard and getting better National Junior College tourna- 1,058 points during his CCRI every day.” ment both years that McDonald career, making him the school’s McDonald’s team is ready to was on the team, which Mc- No. 5 all-time leading scorer. try again in the NCAA Tourna- Donald remembers as his finest With an impressive résumé, ment, and there may even be a accomplishment as a Knight. McDonald was recruited to play championship win in this former “Being able to go play against for the Providence College Fri- Knight’s future. This remains to the other best teams in country ars after he left CCRI, fulfilling be seen, of course, but McDon- was a great experience,” he said. a childhood dream for the North ald said however his basketball McDonald had great per- Providence native. career ends, he will always sonal success with the Knights, “It was a great experience that remember the way it began. graduating as a National Junior way,” McDonald said. “Playing “One thing’s for sure,” he College Athletic Association in the Big East was a dream of said. “At CCRI there’s a family All-American while setting mine, growing up in Providence atmosphere. It’s not like that season and single-game scoring and seeing the success that the everywhere.” 8 History book From page 1 in writing and graphic design to is a CCRI employee who became school’s founding staffers. create an illustrated history of interested in the school’s history, Novak and Coren are relatively CCRI, one that would focus on which he said is greatly signifi- new to the college, joining the the students, faculty and staff cant to the state of Rhode Island. staff in 2007, with Novak starting who had made the school what “For a lot of people it’s where out working part-time as a writer. it is. they got started, or maybe they In their everyday work, they Coren and Novak applied for got off the track and it’s where meet CCRI faculty and staffers bonus project funding from the they got back on. I think it’s a who had been with the college Community College of Rhode significant piece of Rhode Island since its founding or were alumni Island Professional Staff Asso- history,” Collins said. from the school’s early days who ciation, which paid for part of the With the sheer volume of mate- had come to work for their alma printing of the book, and began rial in the CCRI archive, Novak mater. staying after hours to write and and Coren decided to limit their “When I was part time and do- research. book to the period of CCRI’s ing interviews I got to know a lot The authors sorted through founding and early years and will of people who have been here a thousands of historical docu- possibly write a second volume “Now there’s a lasting piece ping). It can also be ordered by long time,” Novak said. “It added ments and photographs in the covering 1980 to the present in that will be here long after check through the Marketing and to my perspective in approaching CCRI archive, maintained by celebration of the 45th anniver- they’re gone,” Coren said, “long Communications Department. my job.” Director of Technology Services sary of the college. after Julie and I are gone.” To do so, call (401) 825-1045 or Both keenly interested in gene- John Collins, who had taken Novak and Coren said they “Community College of Rhode visit www.ccri.edu/illustratedhis- alogy, Novak and Coren noticed it upon himself to consolidate hope their book will be able to Island: An Illustrated History, tory for a printable order form. they had joined a sort of family. and preserve CCRI’s historical share CCRI’s past with those The Rhode Island Junior College All proceeds will go toward As their curiosity about the documents and artifacts lest they who were not there to experience Years” is available for $19.95 establishing an annual scholar- school’s past grew, the pair de- be lost. it or rekindle happy memories in in CCRI bookstores or on the ship to be awarded to a student in cided to use their combined skills Like Novak and Coren, Collins those who were. bookstore Web site (plus $3 ship- the arts. Golf tournament From page 1 know you are here for a good lives. I know what it did for my A. Solomon, a retired CCRI great value and how much it has can help students make ends reason,” said Richard DiGenn- life,” DiGennaro said about the professor and now a member touched my own life.” meet. aro, Class of 1979. reason for his sponsorship. of the Rhode Island Board of Other volunteers formed the “Just a few dollars can make “I love the fact that I can come DiGennaro’s firm and Honey- Governors for Higher Education. golf committee, which organized the difference between a student out here, play golf, have a great well Inc. were the tournament’s Solomon has volunteered at ev- the tournament and selected the staying enrolled and having to time and still be contributing.” biggest sponsors. Dozens of ery alumni golf tournament and Foster Country Club out of many leave,” she said. After he graduated from CCRI, businesses throughout the state, was inducted into the college’s locations throughout the state. Many golfers said that the DiGennaro became a certified individual alumni and CCRI staff Hall of Fame last year. Sandy Sokoll, a CCRI employ- chance to stay connected to their public accountant and is a partner members sponsored tee-signs, “The tournament brings people ee and member of the classes alma mater while contributing in his own accounting firm, Di- donated raffle items and silent together. It brings alumni to- of 1976 and 2001, has been the to a worthwhile cause makes the Gennaro & Palumbo, LLP, which auction items. CCRI staff also gether so they can stay involved chair of the golf committee for alumni golf tournament an attrac- has sponsored the alumni golf participated in the tournament and understand the impact the two years. She said she considers tive event for them every year. tournament every year. and volunteered throughout college has had on the state and the tournament a success. “It was a day of golf where “I believe that CCRI affords the course to keep it running the country,” he said. “It was well-attended and it you know you don’t have to take people an opportunity to better smoothly. “In my 42 years with the com- seems like everyone was smil- the game too seriously, you just themselves and improve their One volunteer was Solomon munity college I have seen its ing,” she said. Meo Colantonio, CCRI’s director of community services in CCRI’s Center for Workforce and Commu- Ed Jacques, property control and supply officer in nity Education (right), holds a tuft of CCRI’s Physical Plant Department, takes a swing. grass, the result of a divot, while his brother-in-law David Burr surveys the scarred area on the fairway. Tony Leone (left) and former CCRI Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Di- Maria travel under the covered bridge at the Foster Country Club to get to the next hole. Sandy Sokoll ’76 and ’01, chair of the tourna- ment’s golf committee, putts as Heather Smith and Lucille Tefft ’01 look on. Richard DiGennaro ’76 (left) and Mike Student Development Counselor Mike Richard Tessier takes a swing at the start of the course next to a 2009 Audi Mesolella receive raffle prizes from Mary Basileo follows through on a drive. from Inskip Auto Mall, the prize for a hole-in-one on the 18th hole, which went Pecchia, assistant to the dean of Administra- unclaimed at this year’s tournament. tion and tournament volunteer.
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