6 Alumni Award winners, 30 Honor Roll recipients
to be recognized at Alumni Awards Dinner May 13

Topping the list of Alumni Award winners is 2010 Alumna of the Year Norma Piccirilli DiLibero ’81. She is joined by honorees Vincent Flemming (Alumni Staff Award), Mathies Santos ’82 (Alumni Service Award), Umberto Crenca ’81 (Willard Achievement Award), Steve Cranshaw ’05 (Young Alumni Award) and Thomas Cobb (Alumni Faculty Award).

These six award winners, along with 30 Honor Roll inductees, will be recognized at the Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 13, in the Donovan Dining Center. A social/reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. The dinner begins at 6:15 p.m., with award presentations immediately following. Cost is $40. Register online at www.ric.edu/AlumniEvents OR download reservation form. For more information, call (401) 456-8086.

We invite you to honor an Alumni Award honoree with a charitable gift to the Alumni Association. You can donate easily at www.ric.edu/givenow with a VISA or MasterCard. The honoree will be notified of your kind gift (but not the amount.) The Awards Program is partially funded by such donations.
2010 Alumna of the Year
Norma A. Piccirilli
DiLibero ’81

Criteria: Graduate of the college, continuing interest in the college and
Alumni Association as represented by outstanding service, and/or by impressive financial contribution.

Norma was not a typical student. Her children first brought her to the Rhode Island College campus. Ann Mary, David, Joseph,
Norma-Ann, Marisa, and Thomas attended Henry Barnard School. While pushing a stroller around the RIC campus one day she thought,“I think I will start college here,” and she did just that with the assistance of Dolores Passarelli and many others at the college. Norma graduated in 1981 with a Bachelors of General Studies.

Her service and contributions to the college are numerous. Named the Honor Roll Recipient for the General Studies degree in 1995, she also served the college as an officer of the Alumni Association, long-time Foundation board member, fund-raiser,
donor, and cheerleader.

Norma established the Dr. Joseph L. and Norma A. DiLibero endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research in Biology to support undergraduate research in biology and the development
of junior colleagues in the biological sciences.

As a business woman, involved with her husband as an owner of a health care organization, Norma believes that research capital is needed to solve problems facing healthcare today and continued innovation is critical to the success of undergraduate research in biology.

We are proud to honor Norma DiLibero for her service, dedication, and generosity.
2010 Alumni Staff Award
Vincent Flemming, Director, College Dining Services
Criteria: Need not be a graduate of the college, but shall be employed by the college and have made a unique contribution to the college (development of a new program, wide community recognition of quality of service to the community or campus).

While working in Kingston, Jamaica, for Gotham Hotels, an assignment at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence led Vincent Flemming to Rhode Island. His introduction to the state led him to pursue a college degree at CCRI and Bryant University, earning a bachelor’s degree and MBA.

Since 1974, Vincent Flemming, director of dining services, has served five college presidents and will oversee two complete renovations of the dining center during the course of his lifelong year career at Rhode Island College. As director of a dining center that serves about 3,000 meals a day, Vincent holds one of those unique positions that provides interaction with almost all members of the campus community. He has lent his time, talent, and treasure to so many campus events,
adding style and expertise to the commencement galas and high profile community events to benefit the college.

His impact can be felt throughout the campus and RI community. For over 25 years he has volunteered as the advisor for the campus radio station WXIN, served on the National Association of University and Colleges Food Service, and is the chairman of the Rhode Island Black Story Tellers.

We are proud to honor Vincent Flemming for his exemplary service to our campus community.
2010 Alumni
Service Award

Mathies Santos ’82, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
Commander 143rd Force Support Squadron,
Rhode Island Air
National Guard

Criteria: An alumnus/a or non-alumnus who has made an important contribution to the college, by giving time, talent, or resources; or an outstanding citizen who has made a contribution to the state or nation that reflects ideals of
service to humanity.

Mathies Santos graduated from Hope High School in Providence in 1969 and on the advice of his guidance counselors, enlisted in the Air Force. In January, Mat Retired after 31 years of service as a lieutenant colonel and commander of the 143rd Force Support Squadron of the Rhode Island Air National Guard. Some of the accolades for his service include recognition by the “5 Star” General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi(General BK), the chief of staff of the Afghan National Army, for “valued and exceptional service,” and the RI Star for “exceptional and meritorious service.”

Mat came to Rhode Island College as an older student, working as a dorm director. He graduated in 1982 with a degree in managerial
economics and spent most his professional career in public service, retiring from the RI Department of Education.

After leaving RIC, Mat continued his involvement as a supporter of the Upward Bound Program. In 2007, his wife, Miki, retired after a lifelong career at RIC. In her honor, Mat announced the creation of the Michelina “Miki” Doretto Santos Upward Bound and Slightly Older Student (SOS) Scholarship Fund.

We are proud to honor Mat for his commitment to Rhode Island College,our community, and country.
2010 Charles B. Willard Professional Achievement Award
Umberto Crenca ’81, Founder and Artistic Director of AS220
Criteria: Graduate of the college, brought honor to the college by distinguished achievement in his/her field.

Umberto Crenca is the founder and artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit center for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 was established in 1985 to provide a local forum for the arts.

Crenca has been committed to the revitalization of downtown, and plays an important role in community efforts across the region. He served on Providence Mayor Cicilline’s Arts, Culture, and Tourism Advisory Board and currently sits on the board of Providence’s Downtown Improvement District (DID).

Broad Street Studio, AS220’s youth arts program, also established by Crenca, continues to serve and support youth transitioning out of state care.

A visual and performing artist with a long exhibition history, Crenca has been an artist in residence at the New England Center for Contemporary Arts in Brooklyn, Connecticut, and had four solo shows at AS220, and solo exhibits at the Galleria Del Corso, Latina, Italy, and the Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI. His work is in the permanent collections of both Th e Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design and the Newport Art Museum.

We are proud to honor Umberto Crenca for his commitment to the arts, education, and the community.
2010 Young Alumni Award
Steve Cranshaw ’05, Graphic Designer, Mad Creative
Criteria: Graduated in the last 10 years from the college, and has made a contribution to the college, since graduation, by giving time, talent, or resources (e.g., mentor of current students or alumni, involvement or volunteer with a campus group or activities, or providing internship opportunities to current students or job opportunities to recent graduates).

As a student, Stephen Cranshaw, an art studio major with a concentration in graphic design, was an active member of the Communications Club. In addition to his parttime job off campus, he built an impressive portfolio of work as a student employee in the college’s Office of News and Public Relations.

Since his graduation five years ago in 2005, Steve has been an active member of the advisory committee for the Young Alumni Group. As a dedicated volunteer who has participated in Gradfest, promoted upcoming events at commencement, and volunteered when needed at community service activities, Steve can always be counted on for his support.

In recent months, Steve has taken on more of a leadership role with the group, compiling and distributing information to the committee members.

As a professional graphic designer, Steve has volunteered his time and talents creating marketing pieces for Young Alumni events. He was the brains behind the unique design for the Big Ten Challenge, an eff ort to encourage graduates from the last decade to contribute at least $10 to the Annual Fund.

Recently, he helped design a logo for the new What’s Next? series of career related events for recent RIC graduates.
2010 Alumni Faculty Award
Thomas L. Cobb, PhD, Professor of English and
Director of Performing & Fine Arts Commission

Criteria: Need not be a graduate of the college but employed by the college. Wide recognition for exceptional competence in teaching, printed publication, initiative in research, development of a new program, community recognition of quality of service to the community or campus.

Since 1987, Thomas Cobb has served as a member of the faculty of Rhode Island College, teaching fiction writing and literature, and as director of the program for 18 years. Prior to his tenure at RIC, he taught at Eastern Arizona College and in the Arizona State Prison System.

Thomas Cobb’s novel Crazy Heart, developed from his doctoral dissertation in 1986 at the University of Houston, is the book upon which the 2009 Academy Award–winning film is based. Cobb, with Scott Cooper as screenplay writer, was the 2010 Scripter Award Finalist for Novel Adapted to Film. Generous with this success, Cobb off ered to use the Rhode Island premiere of Crazy Heart as a promotional opportunity for Rhode Island College and a fundraiser for the English Department’s Jean Garrigue Memorial Fund for Creative Writing.

In addition to writing the novel Crazy Heart, he is the author of Bad Dreams (1986) and Shavetail (2008), as well as Acts of Contrition (2003), a collection of stories.

Acts of Contrition received the 2002 George Garrett Fiction Prize. Shavetail has been awarded the 2009 Western Writers of America Spur Award (long novel) and the 2009 Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for fiction.

Acts of Contrition received the 2002 George Garrett Fiction Prize. Shavetail has been awarded the 2009 Western Writers of America Spur Award (long novel) and the 2009 Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for fiction.

2010 Honor Roll Recipients

Monette Patrie ’93
Financial Manager
Numark Industries

Jason Wallace Barrett ’95
Lead Environmental Specialist
Texas Department
of Transportation
PhD Texas A&M University

Nathan Piekos ’98
Design Director/Founder

Philip Sisson ’83
Provost and Vice President of
Academic and Student Affairs

Middlesex Community College
MA ‘88 RIC
EdD UMASS Boston

Nicole Carrara ’04
DoubleShift Dance Theatre

Martha Horn ’78
Assistant Professor
Rhode Island College
MA Columbia University
EdD Harvard University

Catherine Pettis ’03
Senior Business Analyst
Pharmacy Merchandising

Laurie Ousley ’93
English Teacher
The Nichols School, Buffalo, NY
MA Clark University
PhD SUNY/Buffalo

Jeffrey Drury ’01
Interactive Designer
Business Innovation Factory
MFA Rhode Island
School of Design

Jason Pezzullo ’99
City Planner: Principal Planner
City of Cranston

Anna Burke ’82
Health Teacher
Curtis Corner Middle School
MEd ’88 RIC

Susan Hogan ’88
Social Studies Teacher
Warwick Veterans
Memorial High School
MA ’00 RIC

Brian Lawton ’95
Assistant Professor
George Mason University
MA/PhD Temple University

Robert Wahnon ’04
Account Executive
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Michele Berard ’04
Director of Funds Development
Butler Hospital
President and CEO
Ascent Advisors LLC
MBA Bryant University

JoAnn Lovett ’70
Adjunct Faculty
Rhode Island College
and Bryant University
MA ’74 RIC

Maria Cotto ’04
Children’s Librarian
Providence Community Library
Knight Memorial Library

Wayne Kilcline ’96
Music Educator
Lillian Feinstein School
MMEd ’04 RIC

Keith Macksoud ’83
Assistant Program Director
Memorial Hospital
of Rhode Island
MA Anna Maria College

Rui DeGouveia ’93
Non-Executive Board Member
Tswelopele Tshepho
(Achieving Hope)
Johannesburg, South Africa

Jennifer Fisette ’00
Assistant Professor
Kent State University
MS Ithaca College
EdD UMASS Amherst

David Belanger ’92
Principal Scientist
MS Emory University
PhD Montana State University

Paul DiGiuseppe ’88
City of Austin Planning and
Development Review Dept.
MPA Florida State University

William Roccio ’77
Human Resources Manager
COX Communications
MA ’80 RIC

Willis Poole ’68
Retired Associate Professor
Rhode Island College
MEd ’81 RIC, PhD NYU

Michael Andrade ’95
President, CEO
The Arc of Northern Bristol

Cynthia Williams ’88
Case Management Coordinator
VA New England Health Care Systems

Rose Mary Grant ’87
Head of School
Highlander Charter School
CEO Highlander Dunn Institute
MEd ’92 RIC

Keith Doucette, Sr. ’01
Technology Education Instructor
East Greenwich High School
MEd ’04 RIC

Alonzo Jones ’97
Technical Director/Manager
Rites and Reason Theatre
Africana Studies Department
Brown University