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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

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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
alumni@ccri.edu.                                                              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
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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 alumni@ccri.edu.
  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.
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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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