Spotlight on Honors Students, Alumni & Faculty

Pictures from the Honors Awards Banquet, 2014, including students receiving cords for General Education, Departmental, and College Honors



Congratulations to the winners of the
2014 McMahon Graduation Honors Award

Co-winners of the McMahon Graduation Honors Award, Katie Lavall (Nursing) and Gabe Morrison (English/Creative Writing) with Dr. Hall at Cap and Gown on April 30, 2014.

Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference: Niagara Falls, NY: April 3-6, 2014

Niagara Falls, still partially frozen.

From left to right, Greg Kowalski, Dr. Hall, Daniel Freitas,
Emily Sorlien

Greg Kowalsi delivering his talk on "The Black Guerrilla in Sociology's Room: Insurgent Epistemology and Black Studies as Sociological Antidote"

Emily Sorlien with her oil painting, "Fowl Play," which won
first prize at the student art show


Congratulations to the winners of Eleanor M. McMahon
Rising Junior Honors Scholarships for 2013-14.

These students are all doing departmental honors projects in their respective majors and are on track to graduate summa cum laude. Pictured from left to right are: Luke Rock (Music); Cameron Richer (Mathematics); Alicia Harris (Nursing); Byron Delmonico (Management); Kathryn Lavall (Nursing); Dr. Spencer Hall; Gabriel Morrison (Creative Writing).

Congratulations to Elysha Grant. Elysha, pictured with Dr. Spencer Hall, is a prospective Nursing major and the winner of the 2013-14 John Nazarian Honors Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding incoming Freshman in the General Education Honors Program. Elysha is also the recipient of the Director’s Honors Scholarship for 2013-14.

Non-traditional Honors Student Makes Good

If not for RIC’s Bridges Program, honors student Travis Dumais might not have made it to college. Today this sophomore, who has the curiosity and creativity of a young Einstein, is a psychology major, minoring in neuroscience. Read more...

Congratulations to Victoria Parker

Victoria is the first place winner of the third annual FYW award for her essay entitled “The Importance of Coffee: The Fair Trade Movement and the RI Café Culture.”

Victoria will be recognized in a ceremony to be held on Wednesday, October 24 at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Center south dining room.

Dr. Hall presents the 2013 Eleanor A. McMahon Honors award, and a check for $1000, to graduating senior Brittany Richer at the Cap and Gown ceremony.

RIC Honors Students at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Philadelphia, April 4-7


The Nazarian Honors Scholarship is given to a first-semester student or students entering the General Education Honors Program on the basis of high-school record, SAT scores, and an interview. The $2000 scholarship is being shared this year by Christian, a Nursing major from Cranston High School East, and Victoria, an English major from East Providence High School.


The McMahon Rising Junior Honors Scholarship is given to rising juniors (now seniors) with high GPAs in the General Education Honors Program who are also doing Departmental Honors Projects. This year’s scholarship of $1900 is being shared by Jonathan, who is doing a Political Science honors project titled “An Articulation of the Kantian Social Contract in the Evolution of Reason”; Erica, who is doing a Film Studies honors project titled “Was It a Dream? Psychoanalysis, Dream Theory, and the Films of German Expressionism”; Elyssa, who is doing a Mathematics honors project titled “Ordered Generalized Whist tournaments for v players, v=1 (mod 8)”; and Erin, who is doing a Music honors project titled “Raising Voices: The Interpretation of Renaissance Polyphony.”

First-year honors students at the RIC Performing Arts Series performance of the Folklorico Ballet de Mexico with President Carriuolo (front row, right), Dr. Brophy-Baerman (front row, left), and Dr. Hall (top row, right).

Dr. Spencer Hall presents the Eleanor M. McMahon Honors Award, and a check for $1000, to graduating senior Xenia Fernandez at the Cap and Gown Ceremony. Looking on is President Nancy Carriuolo.

Pictures from the Honors Awards Poster Session on April 30, 2012

Photos from the Honors Awards Dinner, Attended By 130 People

Lisa Rose Bucci (Providence Teacher of the Year) and Julie Lima Boyle (Rhode Island Teacher of the Year) greet Dr. Hall and Dean Blanchette. Both teachers of the year are graduates of the RIC Honors Program.

Meghan Bowen and Julie VanGyzen perform at the honors awards dinner.

General Education Honors graduates with college officials. At far right is John J. Smith, Jr., President of the RIC Foundation.

Departmental Honors graduates with their project advisers. At the far right is Anne De Stefano, co-sponsor of the Anne and Bob De Stefano Undergraduate Research Program.

Medallions awarded to students completing College Honors who have done both General Education Honors and Departmental Honors.

College Honors graduates with Vice President Pitt and Dr. Hall.

RIC students attend Northeast Regional Honors Council conference in Baltimore

Eight RIC students attended the Northeast Regional Honors Council conference in Baltimore, Maryland, April 12-15, where they gave presentations based on their respective departmental honors projects, met honors students from around the region, and explored Baltimore's revitalized inner harbor area. Click here to read more...

Brittany Richer cited by the Office of Research and Grants Administration for her DeStefano Undergraduate Research project

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Honors Professor Barbara Schapiro Stars in Play

Barb (aka Videllia Sparks,
or "The Bird Woman")

The Sugar Bean Sisters
A Comedy by Nathan Sanders | Directed by Vincent Lupino
January 13-15, 20-22, 2012 · Fridays & Sundays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Jenks Auditorium, Division Street, Pawtucket, RI

The Community Players continue their 91st season with the New England premiere of Nathan Sanders' "The Sugar Bean Sisters", a southern Gothic comedy of romance, murder and alien abduction.

Honors Alumna Named RI Teacher of the Year

Education commissioner Deborah Gist, left, congratulates R.I. Teacher of the Year Julie Lima Boyle.

Governor Lincoln Chafee and Education Commissioner Deborah Gist presented Lima Boyle with the award. With this distinction, she is automatically a candidate for the Teacher of the Year national title.

Lima Boyle, who describes herself as "a proud RIC alum," earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Rhode Island College. She was in the RIC Honors Program and graduated with General Education Honors, Honors in English and College Honors. Read more...

Honors Student Awarded Two Scholarships

Danielle Trial '12 of New Bedford, Mass., a musical theatre and music education double major and dance minor, recently received two separate scholarships that recognize excellence in teaching.

Trial received the Francis M. Marciniak Memorial Scholarship, awarded by The American Band in October, and the Ed Drew Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the Retired Rhode Island Music Educators Association in November. Read more...

Danielle Trial

2011-12 General Education Honors scholarship awards

Back (left to right):
Desiree Ciambrone,
Deborah Britt,
Spencer Hall (director of Honors)
Janet Johnson.

Front (left to right):
Kayla Quadros (sociology),
Xenia Fernandez (biology),
Brittany Richer (secondary education-English)
Samuel Kashuk (art)

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Spencer Hall and Shauwna Grillo.

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