Volume 8, Number 4 Winter 2009 www.ccri.edu/alum Society of the Knights Alumni Association, nonprofits give to Knight Campus library The CCRI Alumni Associa- the 1970s, was intended to serve tion has pledged to contribute a non-digital population. The a minimum of $25,000 to the college’s goal is to transform the Knight Campus library as a part library into an information com- of the college’s $5.5 million mons that will be the learning- capital campaign, “Imagine: centered hub of the institution The Campaign for Endless Pos- with construction anticipated to sibilities.” start this summer. A major supporter of the new library is the Champlin Foun- dations. The nonprofit, which made valuable contributions to Society of the Knights inductees, pictured clockwise from top, are: Anthony Gemma, Mary Ann Shallcross the Dental Assisting lab at the Smith ’82, Larry Gemma ’77, Candy Castaldi ’80, Sandy Sokoll ’76 and ’01, David Monti ’72, Anne Sliney ’78 Flanagan Campus in Lin- and Leonard Gemma.The Gemma brothers, including Edward (not pictured), own GEM Plumbing, Heating coln and the Newport County and Electric and will be inducted as corporate honorees. CCRI Alumni Association Campus capital campaign in 2004, has contributed $250,000 toward the library project. to honor nine on March 27 Additional gifts, including $20,000 from the John and Happy White Foundation and $5,000 from Ocean State Chari- ties Trust, put the college more The Community College of Anne M. Sliney ’78, director of former CCRI dean of Institu- than halfway to achieving the Rhode Island’s Alumni Associa- clinical nursing and training at tional Advancement, and Ronald goal of $500,000. Ocean State tion will honor eight individu- the William J. Clinton Founda- J. Caniglia, president of Stand Charities Trust has supported als as part of A Knight of Stars tion HIV/AIDS Initiative; and Corp. past college projects, contribut- event on March 27 at Quidnessett Sandy Sokoll ’76 chief accoun- “These outstanding individuals ing to CCRI’s dental hygiene Country Club in North Kings- tant at the Community College have made extraordinary con- and Newport County Campus town. of Rhode Island. Larry Gemma tributions to our college and to capital campaigns. Six of the honorees will ’77 and GEM Plumbing, Heating their communities,” said Presi- “In this time of crisis when be inducted into the Alumni and Electric will be inducted as dent Ray Di Pasquale. “It is our “The Association believes that people are tightening their belts Association’s Society of the corporate honorees. great honor to induct them into the library touches all faculty, and unemployment is rising, it Knights. This honor is presented Additionally, two others will the Society of the Knights and students, alumni and the Rhode is heartwarming to know that to CCRI alumni who have been receive the Honorary Alumni pay tribute to their accomplish- Island community,” said Alumni the strength of our mission is active as community leaders, at- Award for their service to the ments.” Association President Sondra V. clearly being supported by our alumni and our friends in the tained personal and professional college. They are Julie M. White, The event, which will begin Pitts, a member of CCRI’s first success, provided volunteer with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., philanthropic community,” said graduating class in 1966. “This President Ray Di Pasquale. service to the college community Profiles of Society of the will include hors d’oeuvres, the donation is an investment in the future of the college.” “CCRI is in need of funding and have brought honor upon Knights inductees induction ceremony and dinner. more than ever before and these themselves and the college. They The CCRI Jazz Ensemble will The college drafted a $500,000 gifts will ensure that CCRI has are Candy Castaldi ’80, senior appear on pages provide entertainment. Reser- plan to redesign the Knight Campus library in Warwick. The a sustainable infrastructure to vice president of the circulator 4 and 5. vations for this fundraiser for plan calls for refurbishing the support the teaching and learn- division at Taco Inc.; David P. Profiles of Honorary student scholarships and alumni library as a space with improved ing goals of our faculty, and that Monti ’72, senior vice president programs cost $75 per person. technology and lighting and CCRI students have the skills of RDW Group; Mary Ann Alumni appear on Call (401) 333-7150 or e-mail seating for instruction and study. they need to succeed in today’s Shallcross Smith ’82, CEO/presi- page 8. email@example.com to make your The original design, created in technology-driven workplace.” dent of Dr. Day Care Family; reservations. Inside: Lawyer Steve Lombardi ’75 climbs 1693 Permit No. mountains; Changing Lives Celebration preview; Providence, RI college receives $276,000 technology grant; student PAID U.S. POSTAGE benefits from Alumni Association scholarship; Organization athletics update and more ... Non-profit 2 Lawyer Steve Lombardi ’75 finds challenge in the mountains Iowa resident Steve Lombardi fluid as a result of the body try- ’75 is a personal injury lawyer ing to adapt to high altitude. But with a passion for mountain that hasn’t slowed him down. In climbing. The Bristol, R.I., na- preparation for a climb he uses tive got into the sport to satiate a special machine while sitting his adventurous spirit and has at home in Iowa that allows him climbed to Mt. Everest Base to breathe deoxygenated air to Camp in Nepal, Mt. Elbrus acclimate to different mountain in Russia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in altitudes of up to 29,000 vertical Tanzania, Africa, and the Swiss feet. and French Alps. In January, he “Life isn’t about the first or added Mt. Aconcagua in Argen- last day of your life, it’s about tina to the list. the passion you have for living “Climbing reveals the character each day,” he said. “There are no within,” he said. “The mountain guarantees in life, only opportu- doesn’t care if you prepare in nities.” advance. You have to have your Growing up in Bristol had its head about you and be willing to challenges. Lombardi’s father do what it takes.” died when he was 12 and the Lombardi struggles with high family, including his mother and altitude pulmonary edema, a con- four siblings, did not have much dition where the lungs fill with to spare. “When my father died, Mountain climbing is more than just a hobby for Steve Lombardi ’75, pictured here at the Matterhorn in bills became real to me,” he the Swiss Alps. said. “Whether or not we would have food on the table to feed go back to college to fulfill my versity of Iowa and majored in Moines. He also started Summit all five hungry kids became a potential. On a Sunday, she told psychology. He went on to study Real Estate Investment Group, a real concern for my mother. We me she made an appointment law at Drake University, earning commercial property business. didn’t have much but we were at Rhode Island Junior College a Doctor of Jurisprudence in “Success is not achieved by surviving.” for the next day. With her by my 1981. buying a lottery ticket,” he said. After graduating from Bristol side, I enrolled. She always was “I am very proud to tell people, “You have to keep putting one High School in 1972, Lombardi the gentle guide.” especially young people, that foot in front of the other because attended Wentworth Institute Lombardi improved his writing I started out at RIJC,” he said. success is achieved one step at a in Boston to study architectural and made the dean’s list three out “That experience gave me the time. I don’t hand out participa- engineering. “I didn’t like it and of four semesters. Dr. John Fal- opportunity to mature and get the tion trophies; I believe success I failed miserably.” He returned lon, a psychology professor, took air under my wings that took me has to be earned.” home after one semester and an interest in Lombardi’s future, to law school. My mother, along On July 5, 2008, Lombardi started working long hours at suggesting that he consider with Dr. Fallon’s direction, is the married Barbara Tubridy, his three jobs: baking bread, sell- transferring to a four-year school reason that today I am a lawyer.” high school sweetheart, at the Steve Lombardi ’75 is a per- ing jeans and hauling luggage. in the Big 10. “Dr. Fallon saw After five years of practicing Chapel by the Sea in Bristol. To- sonal injury lawyer in West Des “My mother, who didn’t finish something in me that I didn’t in Waterloo, Lombardi set up gether they have six children and Moines, Iowa. high school, encouraged me to see.” Lombardi went to the Uni- his own practice in West Des reside in West Des Moines. Alumni input needed News Briefs Vieira was selected for the po- port businesses and those who for online survey sition from a pool of more than are planning a cultural trip to CCRI’s Office of Alumni Af- 157 candidates reviewed by an Italy. fairs is soliciting feedback from 11-member search committee. Emphasis is placed on com- alumni about their attitudes In the CIO role, Vieira joins the mon verbal expressions for toward college communications college’s executive manage- basic communication such as and activities through an online ment team and is responsible greetings, lodging, shopping, survey. The Alumni Association for leading an information food and transportation as well will use the feedback from the technology department that con- as cultural information about survey to shape its future initia- tinues to positively impact the Italian, customs and traditions. tives and develop ways to better day-to-day life of the college’s Participants also will learn to serve the graduates of the col- students, faculty and staff. He write familiar, formal and busi- lege. The survey, which takes oversees the management of the ness letters and learn about the about five minutes to complete, Pipeline portal, the Banner ERP most important monuments in will be e-mailed to alumni who system and the WebCT learn- cities such as Rome, Florence, ImagIne…scholarshIps for all have an address on file with the ing management system as well Venice, Perugia, Assisi and college. To take the survey, go as recommends and evaluates other cities and regions of Italy. students In need. No prerequisites are required to www.ccri.edu/alum/ technology solutions that sup- each year ccrI provIdes more surveyform. To add your e-mail port our institutional goals. for this one-credit course, which will be held on Wednes- than 40 book scholarshIps address to the college’s mailing Part of Vieira’s higher days from 7 to 9:30 p.m. from list, go to www.ccri.edu/alum education experience includes through the alumnI annual and click on “Join the Alumni establishing and leading the March 23 to April 22 at the Knight Campus in Warwick. fund to help students to Mailing List.” implementation of information Registration is under way. For technology systems at Middle- achIeve theIr dreams. Vieira named CCRI’s sex Community College, Bristol more information, visit www. chief information officer ccri.edu/foreignlang/newcours- Community College, Northern es.shtml. Stephen Vieira of Fairhaven, Essex Community College, Mass., has been named chief Boston College and Clark Uni- information officer at the versity. He holds a bachelor’s Green and White Community College of Rhode degree from Bridgewater State, Staff Island. a master’s degree from The Editor in Chief: Marisa Albini, Vieira came to CCRI from Citadel and has taken additional Director of Alumni Affairs Red Deer College in Alberta, graduate courses at Boston Managing Editor: Julie Novak Canada, where he was the College. senior IT executive. With more Photographer: Dave Fischbach than 16 years of experience New course focuses on Italian Contributors in higher education, he is an for business and travel expert in planning, business CCRI is offering a new Richard Coren, layout process review and manage- course, “Italian for Business Kristen Cyr ment of projects that involve and Travel”, this spring de- Dan LaCorbiniere enterprise resource planning signed particularly for employ- Robin McDuff ’98 (ERP) systems such as Banner, ees of travel agencies, those in Dennis Moore which the college uses. wholesale/retail or import/ex- Ellen Schulte 3 Alumni Class Notes Robert Gray Henderson, 1937 – 2008 1972 She is now a minimum data set coordinator for a long-term care in Las Vegas on Sept. 27, 2008. Robert Gray Henderson, for- John E. “Jack” McLaugh- facility in North Kingstown. Mario D. Prata Jr. and De- lin Jr. received a Bachelor of mer executive vice president for nise Forrest ’90 were married business affairs at CCRI, died Science degree from Bryant Steven Dulude is the director at Our Lady of Lourdes Church College in 1974. After working on Nov. 21, 2008, at his home of finance for the Rhode Island in Providence on June 14, 2008. in East Greenwich, R.I., after a multiple jobs in automotive- Parent Information Network Inc. long bout with cancer. He was industrial sales, he changed and is treasurer for the Academy careers to work in state service. Players in East Greenwich. 1997 71. Henderson retired from CCRI In December 2008, McLaughlin Jason Spinney and Kelli in December 2004 after 40 years retired with 20 years of service Choquette were married in Phil- as a senior research technician 1993 lips Memorial Baptist Church in of service to the college, the last of the original founding faculty centers. Known to his CCRI col- at the Rhode Island Depart- Karen Chiello and Scott Cranston on Aug. 30, 2008. and staff. After graduating from leagues as a thoughtful, steady ment of Labor and Training. He Huddleston were married at the URI and serving a brief service and his wife, Karen, have been and unwavering advocate for married for 29 years and live in Foster Country Club on Sept. 6, 2008. 1998 in the U.S. Army, he started as a faculty member in the Math the betterment of the college, West Warwick. Frankie Algiere has been Henderson’s quiet and constant promoted to vice president/ Department, teaching for one work ethic earned him a reputa- 1994 branch manager at NewportFed year and helping to establish an tion as a “go-to” guy. Since his 1977 Lori Ann Cabral and Rick in Westerly. academic engineering depart- ment. He was then asked to take departure from CCRI, he was actively involved in activities at After graduating from CCRI, Vaudry were married on June 6, Patricia Lague relocated to the position of development the First Evangelical Lutheran Tom Dyer attended Grand View 2008, in St. Teresa’s Church in Pennsylvania in 2001 after grad- officer, becoming involved in Church in East Greenwich, University in Iowa where he Pawtucket. uating from URI in 2000 with a the planning and construction of where he served as president of received a Bachelor of Science the Knight Campus in Warwick, degree in nursing. He went Bachelor of Science degree in the congregation and president Ray Pingitore is lead investi- the first permanent site for the human development and family of the church council. on to complete two graduate gator and co-author of the book college. He also played a lead studies and abnormal psycholo- Henderson leaves his wife of programs in Public Health and “Thrill Killers,” a true story role in the openings of the Lin- gy. She is a stay-at-home mother 29 years, Charlene, and sons Health Care Administration at about the carjacking of two col- coln, Providence and Newport raising three children. Robert Jr., Michael, Brenton and Des Moines University. Dyer is lege students in June 2000. He campuses as vice president. Joshua. Donations in his name the manager of health services graduated from Roger Williams Henderson was instrumental in may be sent to the First Evan- at Nationwide Insurance. He and his wife, Debbie, live in University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 and a 1999 securing Rhode Island higher gelical Lutheran Church Memo- Jeanne Hoxsie has been education’s first technology rial Fund. Donations in his Iowa. Master of Science degree in named manager of the West bond of $40 million for the col- name may be sent to the First 2005. Pingitore retired from the Warwick branch of Centreville lege and also helped to imple- Evangelical Lutheran Church 1980 Johnston Police Department after 24 years of service and is Bank. ment much-needed upgrades to its information technology Memorial Fund, 118 Division St., East Greenwich, RI 02818. Walter Connolly received the director of the members’ as- Kimberly Roche and George a Bachelor of Arts degree in sistance program for Teamsters Rezendes Jr. were married at St. history and political science from the University of Maine at Local 251 in Providence. Paul’s Church in Cranston on Holy Ghost Church in Provi- dence on June 7, 2008. 2008 May 24, 2008. Michelle Ferreira and Joseph Presque Isle in 1982. In 1990, Bowab were married at Quid- Walter received a J.D. from 1994 Michael Washor has been named network technician at nessett Country Club in North Washington & Lee University School of Law in Virginia. He Claudia DeFaria is the asso- 2001 NetCenergy. He works with Kingstown on July 26, 2008. ciate head coach of the women’s Lisa DiSarro and Jason Mar- clients to support help desk con- lives in Kentucky with his wife, basketball team at RIC. She pre- tin were married at St. Rocco Dean Myllymaki and Penny nectivity and technology needs. Sarah, and their three daughters. viously held the same position Church in Johnston on Sept. 29, Thibault were married at St. at CCRI for five seasons and 2008. Vincent de Paul Church in Brad- ford on Oct. 25, 2008. 1981 has been working at The Key 2007 Judith Bland and Neil John- Program for 10 years. 2003 Kristina Mutter and Chris- toper Mayer were married at St. Jennifer Sinapi and Mark D’Elia were married at the State son were married on Oct. 13, Tracey Behm and Danny Patricia A. Nunes was ap- Aidan Church in Cumberland House in Providence on Aug. 9, 2007. Driscoll were married at Pilgrim pointed assistant administrator on May 31, 2008. 2008. Lutheran Church in Warwick on of the financial management May 17, 2008. 1986 division of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. Pam Bartley works as a senior research assistant at a Patricia previously worked as Sondra Masso and Michael Morgan were married at the What’s new in your life? local organization dealing with a fiscal management officer at Crowne Plaza in Warwick on quality of life measurement. CCRI for 13 years and has held Aug. 8, 2008. New job? Promotion? Retired? Relocated? Let your for- positions at the state controller’s mer classmates know what’s new with you! Fill out this office, the Department of Trans- Tara Pereira and Ryan Mas- form so your Class Note may be included in a future 1988 portation and the Department of terson were married at St. Paul’s edition of the Green & White. Andrea Young-DeCiantis has Human Services. She received a Church in Cranston on June 14, been a midwife since 1997 and bachelor’s degree in accounting 2008. Name Class has been in OB nursing since from RIC and holds an associate Address 1989. She has attended more degree in business administra- than 1,400 births and loves tion from CCRI. 2005 City State ZIP being involved watching her Christopher Nightingale and Phone number patients and their families grow. Meghan Corrente were married 1995 at St. Jude’s Church in Lincoln E-mail Thomas W. Quinlan has been on May 31, 2008. 1990 named vice president of small- Is the above mailing address new? yes no Denise Forrest and Mario D. business lending at Washington Prata Jr. ’96 were married at Trust in the Westerly office. He 2006 Please send your information to: Our Lady of Lourdes Church in is responsible for developing Nicole Beaudoin and Anthony CCRI Office of Alumni Affairs Providence on June 14, 2008. and maintaining business and Bouthillette were married at St. individual loans from applica- Joseph’s Church in Pawtucket 1762 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865 tion to closing. He also serves on May 25, 2008. or fax to (401) 333-7111 or e-mail to 1991 as the development chair for firstname.lastname@example.org Yvette D’Alessio retired from CCRI’s Alumni Association. Kristine Bonetti and Jay the state of Massachusetts in Moore were married on Sept. What’s new? 2003 after 20 years of service. 20, 2008. She went on to work in sev- 1996 eral long-term care facilities Claudia McCusker and Fred- Lisa Starnino and Derek in Massachusetts and Nevada. erick L. Koehler were married Parascandolo were married at 4 Society of the Knights honorees Sandy Burdett Sokoll ’76, ’01 CCRI class year: 1976, degree in business administra- Earning this degree was an ily made for me.” 2001; member of the Shielders, tion, URI; certificate in office accomplishment that was im- Community involvement: a now defunct student activities automation, CCRI portant to me, but it was more Member of CCRI Alumni group; business manager for Occupation: Chief accoun- important for me to be there for Association Board of Direc- the Primus yearbook staff tant, managing the Accounts my daughter. Unbeknownst to tors; chair of the association’s Favorite CCRI memory: Payable Office at CCRI. Serves me, my husband, my daughter golf tournament committee “The Shielders was an active as liaison between the State and a dear friend arranged for and member of its develop- student group that organized Controller’s Office and the col- me to receive my degree with ment committee; member of activities and fundraisers for lege; supervises all facets of the RIC’s master’s candidates the the American Association of the college. One of my favorite college’s accounts payable op- Thursday before. They told me Women in Community Col- memories of being a student eration and preparation of bond I would be attending a dinner leges; member of Rhode Island was participating in the female and Rhode Island Capital Plan for my daughter, who was class Women in Higher Education; pin-up contest, a fundraiser the Fund vouchers. Adjunct faculty secretary, but when we arrived, chair of the CCRI Professional Shielders sponsored. The guys member teaching in CCRI’s my husband pulled my cap had their own version with Business Department. and cowl out of the trunk and Development Day logistics contestants walking the runway Accomplishment most explained that I would gradu- committee; judge for Skills of attention and the local TV on stage. Students lined the proud of: “In 2005, I earned ate that night. Sol Solomon, a USA; represents Rhode Island news came to cover it. All of ramps to watch. The event was the money we raised from the my master’s degree in Public member of the Rhode Island as first lady of the state’s Free- a bit provocative, and probably event was donated to the Rhode Administration from URI. The Board of Governors of Higher masons. wouldn’t happen today, but it Island School for the Deaf.” graduation was scheduled for a Education, handed me my Family: Husband Richard was the 1970s and there was a Additional education: Saturday, the same day as my diploma that night. All of my Sokoll; daughter Rachel Sokoll lot of school spirit and camara- Master’s degree in public daughter Rachel’s undergradu- friends were there and I was Arno derie behind it. It attracted a lot administration, URI; bachelor’s ate commencement at RIC. touched by the gesture my fam- Lives in Cranston, R.I. Candy Castaldi ’81 CCRI class year: 1981, college’s business program on the path to where I am to- dia, Korea, Taiwan and Europe. played basketball, volleyball and then go on to complete a day. Another great memory was Taco Inc. partners with CCRI and softball four-year degree. It was rather playing basketball for coach to provide additional education Favorite CCRI memory: unique at the time for women Rick Santos ’73, who played and training opportunities for “I came to CCRI with aspira- to get involved in the business for CCRI and Providence Col- its employees. tions to make a difference by industry, but I discovered I lege. He was a terrific player Accomplishments most studying to become a teacher. loved it and decided to major and it was a great honor to play proud of: Being promoted to A guidance counselor encour- in general business and minor for him. Although we didn’t vice president at Taco Inc.; aged me to take courses in the in finance. CCRI got me started win many games, we had fun.” receiving master’s degree; Additional education: completing five marathons. Master’s degree in business ad- Awards and honors re- ministration, organization and ceived: YWCA Women of management, Johnson & Wales Achievement Award, 2008; University West Warwick High School Occupation: Senior vice Athletic Hall of Fame, 2007 president of the circulator divi- sion, Taco Inc. Responsible product planner and worked her Community involvement: for day-to-day manufactur- way up the ranks, being pro- CCRI Foundation trustee; ing operation, which includes moted to operations manager member of the CCRI Imag- planning, purchasing, quality, and vice president of operations ine capital campaign steering engineering and manufacturing before assuming her current committee; member of the RIC engineering. Started her career position. Has represented the Advisory Board at the company in 1989 as a company in Brazil, China, In- Lives in East Greenwich, R.I. ImagIne…events that Anne Sliney ’78 celebrate dIversIty. CCRI class year: 1978 living with HIV in Rhode Favorite CCRI memory: Island. “Before taking the chief alumnI annual fund donatIons “Studying in CCRI’s rigorous nursing officer position for the are used to support academic program, which gave Clinton Foundation, I served student events lIke me excellent preparation for a as an adherence specialist in professional nursing career.” the Brown University AIDS cultural aWareness day durIng Additional education: Bach- program. I designed a program ccrI’s all college Week. elor’s degree in nursing, RIC; to provide community-based received credentials to become adherence assessment and AIDS certified registered nurse intervention. I saw patients in Occupation: Chief nurs- their homes, homeless shel- ing officer for the William J ters, coffee shops, drug rehab, Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS methadone clinics, assisted liv- Initiative. Oversees a team of ing facilities and mental health physicians and nurses who centers. I served as a link and provide clinical support and follow-up to the medical care technical expertise to HIV/ patients received at local hospi- AIDS programs in 26 countries tals and clinics.” throughout the world. Consult Awards and honors re- with Ministries of Health in ceived: Honorary Doctor of Clinton Foundation partner Science degree from RIC, 2006 Family: Husband George countries on issues related to Community involvement: Nee, secretary-treasurer of nursing, training and health Past president and current Rhode Island’s American Fed- system strengthening. board member of the Rhode eration of Labor and Congress Accomplishment most Island Association of Nurses of Industrial Organizations; son proud of: Establishing a com- in AIDS Care; chair of the Patrick Nee; daughters Katie munity-based nursing program association’s public policy Nee and Brigid Nee for care and support of people committee Lives in Cranston, R.I. 5 Society of the Knights honorees Larry Gemma ’77 CCRI class year: 1977 by GEM Plumbing, Heating Business Association’s Small Favorite CCRI memories: and Electric: Boy Scouts of Family Owned Business of “I graduated from CCRI during America Whitney M. Young the Year, 2004. In addition, the first year of the Lincoln Community Service Award, the company has won several campus and made many won- 2008; Wellness Councils of awards for their dedication to derful, lifelong friends. I served America’s Gold Level Wellness community service, including as vice president of my class Award, 2007; Service Deliv- St. Mary’s Home for Children’s in my second year and was ery Innovation Award, 2007; Philanthropist of the Year, and involved in organizing student Construtech Award for Inno- the Susan G. Komen Breast mixers and fundraisers. One of vation, 2006, 2005 and 2004; Cancer Foundation’s Sponsor my most memorable experi- PHC Contractor Magazine’s of the Year and Local Hero ences was acting in the Theater Contractor of the Year Award, Anthony (left), Leonard and Larry Gemma ’77 make up the leader- Award. Department’s performance of 2005; Airtime 500 Training ship team at GEM Plumbing, Heating and Electric along with their Community involvement: ‘Guys and Dolls.’ I only had Company of the Year, 2005; brother Edward (not pictured). Member of the board of direc- one line, but I enjoyed being Plumbers Success Interna- Additional education: At GEM Plumbing, Heating tors at William M. Davies Jr. part of the production. Profes- tional Training Company of sor Bert Silverberg would con- Bachelor’s degree in business and Electric, the Gloria Gemma Career and Technical High the Year, 2005; Delta Contrac- stantly challenge all of us to do management, URI Breast Cancer Resource Foun- tor of the Year, second place; School; member of the board our best. It was about the whole Occupation: Executive vice dation, the Random Acts of Ferguson Integrated Supply’s of directors at Capital City play, not just the actors with the president of GEM Plumbing, Kindness® program and the Wosley “World Cup London” Community Center; member of main parts. In the classroom, Heating and Electric Worksite Wellness program For Innovation; Providence the board of directors for the I remember Joe Garvey, who Accomplishments most benefit thousands of people Business News Excellence in Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer taught my business law course. proud of: “The lives our each year. We started these Business Award, 2004; HVAC Foundation The subject was challenging family has touched through programs because we believe News Best Contractor To Work Family information: Wife and he made it exciting by community service. We try to the more you give to people, For, 2004; Smaller Business Susan; son Paul; daughters Jen- presenting the material in a leverage as much as we can to the more you gain.” Association of New England’s nifer, Ashley and Caitlyn practical way.” help as many people as we can. Awards and honors received Innovation Award, 2004; Small Lives in Lincoln, R.I. Corporate honoree: GEM Plumbing, Heating and Electric Growing up as one of nine Larry’s father at the helm and force and started tackling with 11 people, but it also employees and people in need, children, Larry Gemma ’77 his mother, Gloria, dispatch- larger construction jobs. Their provided a special bond and including a Worksite Wellness fondly remembers spending ing service calls. In 1982, after reputation for being punctual a core of values for the sib- program. afternoons after school helping graduating from URI, Larry, his and tidy (GEM plumbers wear lings. “Those were the wonder Around Rhode Island, the his father clean fittings in the twin brothers, Leonard and Ed- protective booties while in a years,” Larry said. “We never Gemmas are perhaps best- garage to support the fam- ward, along with their younger customer’s home) began to understood we weren’t wealthy known for establishing the ily business. His father often brother, Anthony, guided the spread. Today, 60 years later, because we were rich with Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer worked 70 hours a week, so Lincoln-based company in the company has 300 employ- family.” Resource Foundation in 2004 working by his side gave Larry a new direction. With a new ees and a fleet of 165 trucks, Those family values have in memory of their mother, knowledge of the plumbing and mission to provide its customer making it one of largest plumb- played an important role in the who died from the disease. The heating industry and an oppor- base with 24-hour emergency ing and heating companies in business, too. The Gemmas foundation promotes awareness tunity to spend time with him. service, each brother bought the United States. are dedicated to education and of breast cancer and supports GEM Plumbing, Heating a truck and joined his father’s Growing up as one of nine giving back to the commu- patients and families in the and Electric started in 1949 team. Fifteen years later, the children had its challenges, like nity and have launched sev- community who are suffering as a one-truck operation with company had doubled its work sharing a four bedroom house eral programs to support their Continued on page 8 Mary Ann David P. Monti ’72 Shallcross Smith ’82 CCRI class year: 1972; president of freshman class; Coast Guard inspected ves- sels; running four marathons, CCRI class year: 1982 president of student senate; completing the most recent at Favorite CCRI memory: “I member of Americans for a the age of 50. recall the first time I was sitting Peaceful Society Awards and honors re- in a CCRI classroom in 1980 Favorite CCRI memories: ceived: More than 20 adver- and the professor announced Former Professor Charles Sul- tising, marketing and public an upcoming exam. I instantly livan standing on a classroom relations industry awards for got butterflies in my stomach chair to make a point in English creative and effective work in- at the thought of taking a test, class; serving as student senate cluding Publicity Club of New thinking, “I cannot do this!” president, which gave him the England Bell Ringer awards, The professor suggested form- opportunity to meet U.S. Sen. Boston Ad Club Hatch awards; ing study groups to prepare for Claiborne Pell, former CCRI Society for Professional Mar- the exam. Until that day I had President William Flanagan and keting awards, YMCA of the never heard of study groups others; friendships and relation- USA marketing awards but realized the value of the ship built with fellow students accounts in health care, higher Community involvement: concept and reached out to my and faculty; serving as a mem- education and in the built en- CCRI Foundation trustee; com- peers to make a date to study. ber of the search committee vironment; serve as a member missioner of East Greenwich rience working in early child- Our study group became very that selected Ed Liston as the of the firm’s management and Housing Authority; president hood education. CEO/Founder close socially which was great college’s second president. administration committee. of Cove Homes, a nonprofit of: Kids Klub Inc., a nonprofit for the evening students and Additional education: Accomplishments most development company; presi- that provides child care for my grades soon became all A’s. Bachelor’s degree in political proud of: Coaching and coun- dent of London Bridge Child students at schools in Cumber- CCRI professors were always science and journalism, URI seling hundreds of successful Care Center board of direc- land, Lincoln and Woonsocket; there for the students and I felt Occupation: Senior vice young people (employees and tors; chairman of the YMCA Dr. Day Care’s Child Develop- very supported.” president and partner at RDW interns) in the advertising and of Greater Providence interna- ment Center for Learning and Additional education: Group Inc., one of the largest public relations business over tional committee; Save the Bay Play with schools in Foster, Doctorate in youth studies/ privately held advertising and the past 35 years; chairing the Volunteer, working on their Cumberland and North Smith- leadership, Nova Southeastern public relations firms in New Greater Providence YMCA environmental vessels. field; Be You Coaching and University; master’s degree England; managing partner of board; serving on the national Family information: Wife Counseling Agency; and Thera- in agency counseling, RIC; RDW Group Inc.’s Worcester, YMCA board and traveling Virginia Magnan-Monti ’85 and peutic Child Care Services. bachelor’s degree in human Mass., office; (Manage firm’s to Armenia to help support now a CCRI nursing student; Rhode Island Representative of services, URI Worcester office) overseeing the YMCA movement in that son Geoffrey D. Monti ’99; District 46 Lincoln/Paw Occupations: Known as Dr. account service and directing country; receiving a master seven relatives graduated from Day Care for 35 years of expe- Continued on page 8 planning on a broad range of captain’s license to captain U.S. CCRI between 1968 and 1974. 6 CCRI Foundation News Three to be honored at ‘Changing Lives’ celebration The CCRI Foundation England President and and live auctions. Previ- will honor three extraordi- CEO Nancy Roberts, and ous auction items have nary community leaders at Rhode Island television included tickets to sport- its third annual Changing journalist Karen Adams ing and theater events, Lives Celebration while of WPRI Channel 12 weekend getaway pack- raising funds that will as leaders in business, ages and an assortment of help students continue education and commu- wines. to change their lives and nity respectively, during Tickets cost $65. achieve their dreams. an event held from 6 to Corporate and individu- The Foundation will 9 p.m. on May 21, 2009 honor the employees of at the Liston Campus in al sponsorships are avail- Amica Mutual Insurance Providence. able. For tickets and more Company, including its The event will feature information, call (401) President Robert DiMuc- music, West Coast wines, 333-7150 or visit www. cio, VNA of Care New hors d’oeuvres and silent ccri.edu/oia/foundation. ImagIne...netWorkIng events to help ccrI graduates achIeve theIr career goals. the college organIzes events for alumnI of specIfIc programs CCRI administrators and staff give van Beuren Charitable Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Lynn a tour of the computer labs at the college’s Newport County Campus on Dec. 9. Pictured from to socIalIze and netWork WIth left are: Dawn Lewis, manager of user services; Stephen Vieira, chief information officer; Elizabeth Lynn; each other annually. Daneshwar Persaud, information technologist; Lynn Gudeczauskas, tech support specialist; Robyn Greene, site manager of the Newport County Campus; and Ray Di Pasquale, president. van Beuren Foundation grant to improve technology at CCRI The Community College of a wide range of learning styles Foundation has recognized our Rhode Island has received a and individual learning needs. need and will provide us with $276,000 grant from the van The computers that are replaced the means to improve our stu- Beuren Foundation that will re- will be distributed throughout dents’ experience with technol- place outdated computer equip- the campus network. ogy.” ment at the Newport County “These improvements will A long time supporter of Campus. have a long-reaching effect on the college, the van Beuren The van Beuren Foundation our ability to provide top-notch Foundation contributed funds grant will increase the tech- equipment for our students that nology systems available to will prepare them for a career to the Newport County Cam- students. It will also encour- or continued education,” said pus capital campaign in 2004 age faculty to take advantage Stephen Vieira, the college’s and provided a 2005 award to of multimedia and interactive chief information officer. “We purchase adaptive equipment for materials designed to appeal to are grateful that the van Beuren students with disabilities. 7 Athletics Teams treat local schools, public to ‘CCRI Basketball Knights’ The Community College of worked hard and will continue Rhode Island Department of to work hard until they have a Athletics offered free admission gym of their own.” to all members of the commu- Other participating teams in nity and special recognition to CCRI Basketball Knights so local and high school teams and far this season include Central individual student-athletes dur- High School’s boys basketball ing its home basketball games team and East Providence High this season. School’s girls cross country Called “CCRI Basketball team. Knights,” the college honored a “Recognizing that these are student-athlete or team from an challenging economic times, area high school at halftime of this is an opportunity for free the men’s and women’s home and fun family entertainment,” games. Attendees were given said CCRI Athletic Director Joe free popcorn and have the op- Pavone, acknowledging that portunity to win prizes such as the CCRI men’s and women’s T-shirts and Knights memora- teams are posting winning bilia. The CCRI Athletic Depart- records for their fans. As of Feb. ment honors the Central The Central High School girls 18, the men’s squad is 18-10 High School girls basketball basketball team was honored and the women’s squad is 19-6. team during a CCRI Basket- during CCRI’s contest against “CCRI has a wonderful tradition ball Knights event on Jan. 25. Mercer County College on Jan. of producing All-American tal- The event took place during 25. The team was recognized halftime of the CCRI women’s ent and championship winning for practicing and playing all basketball game against Mercer of its games on the road this teams Rhode Island residents can be proud of and we want to County Community College. season while its new home gym Central High School Ath- is under construction. share that with the community,” letic Director Deborah Bush “Central’s girls programs have he said. (above) receives a plaque from moved up a division, so to say All CCRI men’s and women’s CCRI Athletic Director Joe that they are trying to build basketball home games are Pavone in honor of the team’s character during this time of played at the Vincent A. Cul- accomplishments this season. transition is an understatement,” len Field House at the Knight Pavone presents freshman Campus in Warwick. For more team member Shadia Rivera said CCRI Sports Information information about the teams, (left) with a medal during the Director Dan LaCorbiniere ceremony. during the halftime ceremony. go to www.ccri.edu/athl/sports. “These ‘road warriors’ have shtml. Alumni Association scholarship helps student pursue law studies at CCRI Paralegal studies major Amy that both gifts could not have Watkins ’09 learned how to come at a better time. “It was build a case in Ira Schaeffer’s like a weight was lifted off my “Reading the Short Story” back.” class. After getting a question Watkins first took classes at wrong on an exam about a CCRI during her senior year Russian story, Watkins realized at Pilgrim High School. Her she took the question literally, grandmother, Nancy Burdick, not the way it was intended. is a member of CCRI’s class She believed that, even though of 1976. She transferred to she inadvertently misinter- Roger Williams University, but preted the question, her answer dropped out during her first se- was still correct and deserved Amy Watkins mester. “I just wasn’t interested ImagIne…Improved lIbrary credit, so she approached her in an education at the time,” she said. facIlItIes that engage professor. children to support, she needed “I stated the facts and devel- to keep her full-time job at Watkins later returned to students In learnIng. CCRI with renewed enthu- oped my supporting points,” The Peanut Gallery, a day care siasm. With a number of the alumnI annual fund she said. After listening to Wat- center in Warwick, to take care kins’ case, Schaeffer was con- of her family. relatives in the nursing field, provIdes maIntenance for vinced of her stance and gave Then came what Watkins including her aunt, Laura our four campuses, and for her credit for her response. “He calls, “the blessing” – a Burdick ’03, and her sister, Nicole, who is enrolled in occasIonal renovatIon said, ‘You’re really good at scholarship from the college’s building a case’ and gave me Alumni Association. Bob Ci- CCRI’s program, she thought projects. the A.” she would give the profession polla, assistant dean of student Watkins is expected to a try, but she did not enjoy her development and assessment classes or her job as a certi- graduate from CCRI in May in the college’s Advising and fied nursing assistant. After with more than 90 credits. Counseling office, and Marisa discovering legal studies, she She completed two full-time Albini, director of Alumni has pursued the program with a semesters with a 4.0 GPA and Affairs and Alumni Develop- renewed interest in education. wants to transfer to Roger ment, helped her apply. Albini “Knowledge, you can’t put a Williams University to enroll collaborated with the Crimi- price on it. That, and the love in its law degree program. nal Justice and Legal Studies for your kids,” she said. But those dreams were nearly Department to help her secure Watkins is taking six classes out of reach at the start of the a $250 award donated by CCRI this semester at night while Spring 2009 semester when the Professor Joe Garvey to help working at The Peanut Gallery financial aid she was counting pay for her books and supplies. during the day. Her mother, on didn’t come through. “Bob was in touch with me Nancy, baby-sits on Saturdays “I didn’t have the money to every day and, even though I so Watkins can study at the stay in school,” said Watkins, haven’t met Professor Garvey, library, and Sunday, she said, is the mother of Jhameson, 5, and I sent him a thank-you note for Savanah, 3. With two young helping me,” she said, adding Continued on page 8 8 Honorary Alumni Julie White-Gooding Occupation: Director of de- “Commencement. CCRI’s Knight Campus library; grow- tion Leadership Fellow, 2007; velopment at Rhode Island Free remarkable graduates overcome ing the CCRI Foundation into AAWCC Woman of the Year, Clinic, an organization that adversity and achieve extraor- an active and effective board; 2001 provides health care for the un- dinary goals year after year.” and expanding development Community involvement: insured. Secures external funds Accomplishments most at the college to include the Board member, Westerly Girls in support of organization’s proud of: Creating a model Changing Lives Celebration, Softball League; development clinic expansion, to establish of student success for at-risk Chafee Society, Crusaders’ committee member, Westerly a free pharmacy and physician students; establishing the CCRI Council and an annual report. Land Trust; member of books network; oversees external chapter of American Associa- Education: Doctorate, Uni- and tracts committee, Westerly communications. Former dean tion for Women in Community versity of Connecticut; master’s Friends Meeting of Institutional Advancement Colleges (AAWCC); securing degree in education, Boston Family information: Hus- and director of Student Suc- funds for upgrading the dental University; bachelor’s degree, band, Antonio Gooding; sons cess and Minority Programs at and allied health labs, outfitting Clark University Shann and Shawn Gooding; CCRI. the Newport County Cam- Awards and honors re- daughter Donna Favorite CCRI memory: pus and improvements to the ceived: Rhode Island Founda- Lives in Westerly, R.I. Ronald J. Caniglia Occupation: President of Labor and Training Apprentice- Why I volunteer for CCRI: who also helped them along Stand Corp., general contractor ship Council. I was working “Faculty, staff and administra- the way. I consider myself an and construction manager; has with staff from the Foundation tors are energetic and captivat- average person and I relate to been involved in the contract- and what is now known as the ing, they are passionate about students and people in need. ing and construction industry Center for Workforce and Com- their jobs. At CCRI, there I’ve received breaks during my since 1964. munity Education on a school- are many students striving to life that have made a positive to-work transition grant. I got change their lives while jug- difference and I am very fortu- Community involvement: gling everything that life has nate to have been able to have Started volunteering on behalf to know Rosemary Zinns, who thrown at them. When they of CCRI in the early 1990s was head of the Foundation the opportunity to give back to approach me and tell me that and is a generous donor. CCRI at the time, and she told me I others.” they wouldn’t be where they Foundation trustee and past would be a valuable addition to Family information: Wife are today without their CCRI president. their board. The more involved experience I think that speaks Marilyn Hudson-Tremayne; How I became a CCRI I got with strategic planning, volumes about the college. Stu- daughter Joelle; son Douglas volunteer: “I first got involved school initiatives and the dents never just say it was one ’92; and stepson Jordan with CCRI as chair of the people behind them, the more teacher who helped them. They Lives in Cranston and War- Rhode Island Department of at home I felt.” talk about counselors and staff wick, R.I. Gem Plumbing, Heating and Electric From page 5 from the disease. stories of kindness. master plumbers and the pairs The company’s Random Acts As part of the company’s ride together in an on-the-job of Kindness® program started multi-layered education and mentoring arrangement. In ad- by encouraging Gem employ- training program, the Gem dition, all technicians receive ImagIne… ees to perform a considerate, Institute for Performance 60 more hours of training each unexpected deed for another Excellence hosts contrac- year, with a focus on customer What We can do WIth your help. person. A common example of tors from around the world to service, and all apprentices an act of kindness is paying for expose them to best practices in without a college education can a coffee for the person behind industry education. The second enroll at CCRI, courtesy of the the alumnI annual fund Is an you in line. The company has layer of the program focuses company. “It is our greatest re- essentIal part of ccrI’s expanded the program through on growing the skills of their ward to give back to the college its Web site by asking people to own employees. New workers that has given me so much,” campaIgn for endless submit stories of hardship and are matched with highly skilled Larry said. possIbIlItIes and It doesn’t take a large donatIon to have a bIg Mary Ann Shallcross Smith ’82 Law studies Impact on students’ lIves. From page 5 From page 7 “family day.” by gIvIng to the alumnI annual tucket, elected on Nov. 4, me the opportunity to teach the Watkins was one of eight fund, WhIch supports 2008. Serves on House Com- value of teamwork, persistence students to attend a breakfast mittee on Constituent Ser- and follow through and to get hosted by the Alumni Asso- scholarshIps, campus vices and House Committee on to know more about who I am ciation on Feb. 10. The event, renovatIons and many other Labor. along the way.” held at the Knight Campus in Accomplishments most Awards and honors re- Warwick, gave recipients of the projects not covered by state proud of: “I am most proud of ceived: YWCA Women of association’s scholarships and fundIng,you can help students my family and being a mom, Achievement Award, 2008; book awards an opportunity to wife, grandmother and leader. BPW Woman of the Year meet and connect with board achIeve theIr dreams. ImagIne members. Being a mom has given me the Award, 2006; Association of hoW many students’ lIves We opportunity to learn through Fundraising Professionals Watkins is grateful for the ef- forts of the Alumni Association can change WIth your help. my children in a most humbling Partner in Philanthropy Award, and the college’s faculty and way. Being a wife has given me 2005; URI Alumni Award, 2004 the opportunity to learn how Community involvement: staff. “They have shown me there is hope for anyone and to make a gIft,vIsIt to share. Being a grandmother Member of the National As- second chances for everyone has given me the opportunity to sociation for the Education of WWW.ccrI.edu/alum and realize I am aging and life is all Young Children; who wants it badly enough,” she said. clIck on “alumnI annual fund” about grandchildren. My fam- Family: Husband Ronald If you are interested in sup- for a maIl-In form ily is the most important part Smith; son Keith Shallcross; porting an Alumni Association of my life. I could not be here stepson Christopher Smith; scholarship or book award, or call (401) 333-7150 without their constant love and daughter Amy Shallcross Vo- call (401) 333-7150 or e-mail support. Accomplishing a doc- gel; three grandsons Mitchell, email@example.com for more torate in leadership has given Benjamin and Oliver Shallcross information.