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Rhode Island's First Chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Approved at RIC

Rhode Island College's new chapter of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international computing honor society, has just been approved and will hold its first induction ceremony on Friday May 6, from 8-10 AM in Fogarty 050. This is a joint effort of the Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs. Congratulations to Adobe PDFall inductees: the alumni and undergraduates who are being recognized for their outstanding academic records and the faculty who are being recognized for their contributions to the computing programs at RIC.

Note: Inductees need at least a 3.0 GPA (both in the major and overall) and must be in the top 35% of their peer group. Our alumni databases are sometimes incomplete and letters aren't always delivered. If you're an alum of one of the CS/CIS programs at RIC and think you qualify, please contact us!

School of Management 2010 Alumni Award Winners

Mathies Santos '82 Monette Patrie '93 Catherine Pettis '03 Robert Wahnon '04 Michele Berard '04
2010 Alumni Service Award
Mathies Santos '82
Lt. Colonel (Ret.)
Commander 143rd Force Support Squadron, Rhode Island Air National Guard
(Managerial Economics)
Monette Patrie '93
Financial Manager
Numark Industries
Catherine Pettis '03
Senior Business Analyst
Pharmacy Merchandising
Robert Wahnon '04
Account Executive
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Michele Berard '04
Director of Funds
Butler Hospital

President and CEO
Ascent Advisors LLC
MBA Bryant University

Certificate of Graduate Study in Financial Planning Renewed

The School of Management was awarded renewal from the CFP Board for our Certificate of Graduate Study in Financial Planning. For information about the certificate as well as the Master's in Professional Accountancy (MPAc), please contact Dr. Jeanne Haser. (

RIC AMA chapter wins big in Big Easy

Read more about RIC AMA at 32nd Annual Intercollegiate Conference


Art Lambi (RIC alum and SOM Advisory Board member) has been named the president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA).

The RISCPA awarded two of its eight scholarships to Rhode Island College students Edward Martin and Maryam Sarlak.

New Certificate of Undergraduate Studies in Insurance and Risk Management

The School of Management will be offering this new certificate beginning Fall 2010.
Contact Dr. Jeffrey Blais ( for more details.

The Insurance and Risk Management Certification program provides fundamental training for those considering careers in the insurance and risk management industries. The program consists of 18 credits that address risk management fundementals in health, life, property, and liability and includes an internship experience. For current Rhode Island College students, certification provides a credential for work similar to that required for a concentration or minor. For current insurance practitioners, courses and certification provide upgrades in knowledge and skills and may simultaneously meet industry training requirements. For others in the post-secondary community, certification provides career change and licensure preparation.

FIN 230: Personal Finance OR FIN 330: Managerial Finance and Control
FIN 241: Fundamentals of Health and Life Insurance*
FIN 242: Fundamentals of Property and Liability Insurance*
FIN 467: Directed Internship

Choose Two from:

FIN 423: Financial Markets and Institutions
MGT 301: Foundations of Management
MKT 301: Introduction to Marketing
MKT 340: Personal Selling and Sales Management

School of Management 2010 Cap and Gown Award Winners

Congratulations to our finest!

John Silva Memorial Scholastic Award Amy Shippee
Outstanding Student in Accounting Shawn McVeigh
Outstanding Student in CIS Erik Marks
Outstanding Student in Marketing Charlie DeSousa
Wall Street Journal Award Theresa Toscano

Spring Speakers Series: "The Business of Entertainment"

Read more about management forum providing strategies for student success

New Faculty Hires

Dr. Sanae Tashiro

Dr. Sanae Tashiro will be joining the Department of Economics and Finance in the fall. Congratulations to all for a successful search. Dr. Tashiro comes to us from Rowan University, and prior to working in academia was an economic analyst at Arthur Anderson, Sakura Bank, and the United Nations. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Claremont Graduate University, Her teaching interests focus on labor economics, public economics, urban economics, econometrics, and applied microeconomics. Her research interests lie in the area of labor economics, particularly topics such as wage determination and income inequality, the impact of technological change on the labor market, labor supply, fertility, time use, and the determinants of racial and gender wage differentials. She is currently working on topics in time use, fertility and religion, and the Japanese labor supply. If you had a chance to speak with Sanae, you doubtlessly found her to be a delightful person who promises to be a talented and wonderful colleague.

Congratulations to the Department of Management and Marketing and all involved in the successful search for the Assistant Professor of Marketing position. Henry Greene received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and comes to us from Central Connecticut State University. He's worked at Information Xperts, IBM, Y&R, etc., and is particularly interested in Direct Marketing as well as pedagogy such as the value of storytelling in the classroom.

New RIC award for teaching excellence given to Randy DeSimone

Dr. Randy DeSimoneDr. Randy DeSimone, associate professor of management and marketing, is the first-ever recipient of RIC's Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

On April 29, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo made a surprise visit to DeSimone's class in Alger Hall to announce his award. Accompanying her were Nancy Blasdell, assistant professor of nursing and chair of the selection committee; David Blanchette, dean of the School of Management; and Ron Pitt, vice president for Academic Affairs.

The new award recognizes an individual whose overall sustained teaching excellence sets her/him apart. Nominations were solicited from the full-time faculty, and a committee of nine faculty drawn from all five of RIC's schools reviewed the nominees' documentation and made the selection.

The award will be officially presented at Opening Convocation on August 25. As part of the award, DeSimone will make a presentation in the fall.

SOM Advisory Board Chair Receives Honorary Doctorate

John J. PalumboA communications specialist with a stellar business career, John J. Palumbo, owner/president/publisher of Rhode Island Monthly Communications, received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree at the 2010 undergraduate commencement at Rhode Island College.

Despite his considerable career responsibilities and professional activities, Palumbo works tirelessly on behalf of numerous philanthropic organizations, including the Rhode Island Zoological Society, WaterFire, and has assumed board positions in First Night Providence, Leadership Rhode Island, Rhode Island Infantile Paralysis Association, Trinity Repertory Company, and the School of Management at Rhode Island College. In recognition of his service, Roger Williams Park Zoo will soon name its new veterinary hospital after him.

Other Announcements

Dr. Lisa BainCongratulations to Dr. Lisa Bain for her grant from the Champlin Foundation to develop a CIS lab, which will be in Alger 104.

Dr. Abbas KazemiCongratulations to Dr. Abbas Kazemi for being promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Economics. Dr. Kazemi has also been awarded a sabbatical for the Spring of 2011.

Dr. Peter MarksCongratulations to Dr. Peter Marks, Professor of Economics, for his impending retirement. Peter is one of the founding fathers of the School of Management, and we shall be forever grateful for his wisdom, humor, and legacy.

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