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HONORING OUR ALUMNI
SAVE the DATE Community College of Rhode Island Alumni Association’s
13th Annual GOLF TOURNAMENT Wednesday, June 10 • Crystal Lake Golf Club, Mapleville, R.I. Your support allows us to raise funds to defray the cost of books and tuition for CCRI students. Now more than ever, your support is needed to help students change their lives and achieve their dreams through a college education.
For more information, call 401-333-7150 or visit www.ccri.edu/alumni/golf.
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A message from the President
contents Vol. 15, Number 1 • Winter 2015
1 Leading off 2 Notebook 4 Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years 12 Mayor Jorge Elorza
Throughout this year we have heard a number of stories, memories and reflections from individuals who have spent time at CCRI. I am extremely proud to be part of an institution that has helped prepare so many students of all ages and backgrounds for careers and educational opportunities. It is only fitting that the focus of this issue be our “Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years” event and the 26 distinguished alumni award recipients. As you read the brief biographies of these honorees included in this edition, I encourage you to think about how your experience at CCRI changed your life. These honorees span the decades, and their accomplishments are a true testament to the opportunities that a CCRI education can provide. I want to extend sincere congratulations to all the honorees. This event is the one opportunity during the year for us to join together and celebrate our 64,000 alumni. These award-winners have achieved so much; they are leaders in their fields and their communities. I believe that this historic year has shined a light on CCRI and the quality programs and services the college provides to our students and the community. The Community College of Rhode Island is truly changing lives. I encourage everyone to keep the excitement and momentum going beyond the anniversary. The support and involvement of our alumni and friends will strengthen the college and preserve our mission for years to come.
13 Niagara Falls trip, CCRI 5K 4 Why I give: 1 John Barrette ’66 15 Class notes, calendar and in memoriam 16 Flashback
Green & White staff Marisa Albini Director of Alumni Affairs Editor in Chief Managing Editor: Erin Olson Layout: Brendalee Peckham-Bell Photographer: Dave Fischbach Contributors: Richard Coren Robin McDuff ’98 Jenn Salcido
Ray M. Di Pasquale President
A message from the President of the Alumni Association During this incredible yearlong 50th anniversary celebration at the Community College of Rhode Island, it is only appropriate that the Alumni Association would hold an event to celebrate the college’s 64,000 graduates. I encourage everyone to join us on March 26 for “Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years.” That evening, we will honor a number of distinguished graduates whose stories, careers and accomplishments truly showcase the impact CCRI has on its students. Before we know it, warmer weather will be here and another academic year will come to a close. I hope to see many of our alumni represented and supporting our graduates at commencement in May. During this special occasion, CCRI will honor members of the first graduating class. In June, the Alumni Association will hold its 13th Annual Golf Tournament at Crystal
Lake Golf Club, where you can enjoy a day on the links and support CCRI students. Proceeds from the tournament help provide tuition assistance and emergency funds to students. Learn more at www.ccri.edu/alumni/golf. I am pleased to report that the Alumni Association networking program to provide career and