Kick up your heels to support RIC Study Abroad

The Ridgway F. Shinn Jr. Study Abroad Scholarship Fund at RIC will be hosting its annual fall benefit – an Irish Shinn Dig – on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6-9 p.m. at Nick-A-Nee’s Pub in Providence.

“Supporting Rhode Island College students in their quest to study abroad is the sole mission of the Shinn Study Abroad Fund,” said Elaine Perry, chair of the Shinn Committee. “Our fall event is a way for people to enjoy food and fun all while helping to broaden a student’s academic experience.”

This “fun” raiser will feature music by the Craic Was Mighty, under the direction of RIC student John Birt. “Craic” means fun in Gaelic.

Craic Was Mighty will perform at the Shinn Dig on Nov. 12.
Tickets are $20 (cash bar) and include a spread of Irish delicacies, including corned beef sliders and soda bread. The evening will also have a raffle drawing for top prizes such as tickets to a Boston Celtics game and Trinity Rep performance, among others.

The Shinn Fund, maintained by the Rhode Island College Foundation, provides undergraduate scholarships in planned study outside the United States. The scholarship has supported 56 RIC study abroad scholarships in the last 20 years, totaling over $182,000. They have studied in 24 different countries on 6 continents.

Established in the 1987-88 academic year by Ridgway Shinn through the generous support of many of his friends, colleagues and former students, this fund marked his retirement after 29 years of service at RIC. During those years he was professor of history, the first chair of the Department of History, the first dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and vice president for Academic Affairs.

For more details on the event or to purchase tickets and raffle tickets, call Elaine Perry at (401) 941-1542.