Tapas, Tapas, Tapas


The Ridgway F. Shinn Jr. Study Abroad Fund will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a wine and tapas tasting on Nov. 15 at the Student Union Ballroom at Rhode Island College.

“It’s going to be great,” said Carol Reagan Shelton, RIC professor emeritus of nursing. “There aren’t that many opportunities on campus for the RIC community to come together collectively and socially. This is an opportunity to do that.”

The evening also is an opportunity for RIC faculty and staff to learn more about the Shinn Study Abroad Fund, and its mission to enable RIC students to experience living and studying in another culture.

“For 25 years, the Shinn Study Abroad Fund has given RIC students a wonderful growth opportunity,” Shelton said. “We’re really trying to highlight what the fund is about and the great contributions it has made to students’ education.”

The Ridgway F. Shinn Jr. Study Abroad Fund, maintained by the Rhode Island College Foundation, supports undergraduate students in planned study outside the United States. The fund was established during the 1987-1988 academic year by Ridgway F. Shinn Jr., marking his retirement from 29 years of service at RIC as a professor of history, the first chair of the department of history, the first dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and as vice president of academic affairs.

RIC undergraduates in good academic standing are available to apply for grants for a minimum of three months and a maximum of 24 months abroad. Six RIC students are studying overseas this year in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Peru and Guatemala.

To this date, 72 Shinn scholars have studied in 28 countries through grants totaling over $225,000.

The tapas and wine celebration will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature a paella station as well as six more tapas stations and wine pairings. Reservations for the event are $25 per person.

Attendees will have the chance to talk with former Shinn scholars and learn more about the fund. There also will be raffle prizes. Raffle tickets are available for advance purchase at $5 each or $20 for a book from Shinn committee members. Tickets also will be available for purchase at the event.

“We hope this event will really get people interested in the fund,” Shelton said. “This fund has helped students from many disciplines across campus. We’d like our faculty and staff on campus to be enthusiastic and encourage students to apply.”

For more information on the Ridgway F. Shinn Jr. Study Abroad Fund, visit https://www.ric.edu/studyabroad/shinn.php.