President Carriuolo accepts Anne DeStefano’s fundraising challenge

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo loves a challenge, especially when that challenge brings value and support to Rhode Island College. RIC alum, Anne DeStefano ’66, approached Carriuolo with this offer: If RIC can sell 250 raffle tickets, which would raise $5,000 to support the DeStefano Fund for Undergraduate Research, DeStefano and her husband Bob would donate a matched amount.

“We are pleased to accept the challenge,” Carriuolo told DeStefano.

The raffle tickets are $20 each and only 250 tickets will be sold. The drawing takes place on October 3, during the 2009 Homecoming Weekend. Winners of the raffle will receive one of the following:

First Prize: A one-week stay at the Royal West Indies vacation resort on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies (Donated by the DeStefanos)
Second Prize: Two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines anywhere within the continental United States to which Southwest flies (Donated by Southwest Airlines)
Third Prize: A choice of two RIC Performance Series subscriptions to any four performances of one’s choice in the 2009-10 seasons (Donated by RIC)

Last fall, DeStefano approached the president about establishing a $10,000 endowment to the college to benefit the students.

In discussing faculty needs with the DeStefanos, a particular area that piqued their interest was President Carriuolo’s description of a faculty research fund, favored by the vice president for academic affairs, Ron Pitt. The fund would give students the opportunity to have an “intense learning experience,” by working side-by-side with a faculty researcher and later disseminating their results.

“The DeStefanos were interested in providing our students with those stepping stones to graduate school and a career,” said Carriuolo.

The couple generously agreed to increase their financial commitment to the $50,000 level the fund required. The Anne and Bob DeStefano Fund for Undergraduate Research was established under the guidance of Pitt and is now fostered by the RIC Foundation.

The first summer grants were awarded to seven students through five different projects in the areas of English, history, biology, communications and art, in the summer of 2009. Full descriptions of the proposals are available on the link below. On Sept. 24 student researchers and advising faculty will present their research results to the DeStefanos at the president’s house.

The RIC community and friends are invited to purchase tickets in support of undergraduate research made possible through the DeStefano Fund. For information on purchasing tickets visit the DeStefano Fund page on the RIC website. or contact Denise Males at or (401) 456-8105.

DeStefano Fund Grants