URI announces President’s Awards for Student Excellence

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KINGSTON, R.I.—May 26,2009 –Each year, the University of Rhode Island honors graduating seniors with superior academic achievement in a particular field with a President’s Award for Student Excellence. Their selection is based on grade point average, as well as other criteria determined by the individual department. For example, criteria might include an honors project, a research presentation, or a student’s professional promise.


URI President Robert L. Carothers presented each recipient with a certificate of academic excellence suitable for framing and a URI pin during award ceremonies in Edwards Auditorium on May 16.


The following students are the recipients of a 2009 President’s Award for Student Excellence listed by program and hometown.


College of Arts and Sciences, Award Winners, Hometown


African and African American Studies, Michelle Wright, Cranston

Anthropology, Ashley M. Rice, Providence

Art, Eric C. Slade, Narragansett

Art History, Emily N. Moore,

Chemistry, Austin C. Brown, Providence

Communication Studies, Shannon L. Hubbard, North Kingstown

Computer Science, Thomas C. Mitchell, Coventry

Economics, Joshua P. Dunn, Chepachet

English, Erin E. Philbrick, Terryville, Conn.

Film Media, Stephen A. Hewitt, Wakefield

History, Joseph W. Abarr, Richmond

Journalism, Chloe A. Thompson, Narragansett

Languages , ,

French, Kathryn E. Fischer , Providence

German, James C. Ferguson, Narragansett

Italian, Shara M. Benedetti, East Walpole, Mass.

Spanish, Melissa A. Rounds, Cumberland

Mathematics, Megan Monaghan, West Kingston

Military Science and Leadership, Adam Paul Adrian Robitaille, Narragansett

Music, Scott W. Benson II, Kingston

Philosophy, Brian E. Webb, Warwick

Physics, Rosalinda Fortier , Narragansett

Political Science, Ligia Smith, Wakefield

Psychology, Jenlyn Furey, Narragansett

Public Relations, Alice A. Howe, Kingston

Sociology, Jillian E. Foley, Cranston

Theatre, Rachel A. Nadeau, Narragansett

Women’s Studies, Melanie Shapiro, Providence

Writing and Rhetoric, Jessica A. Notardonato, Cranston


College of Business Administration,


Accounting, Regina M. Palombo, Cranston

Entrepreneurial Management, Ian C. Harney, Bolton, Conn.

Finance, Kurt R. Petersen, Smithfield

General Business Administration, Christen Weingart, Franklin, Conn.

Global Business Administration, Alina Zolotnitskaya, Narragansett

Marketing, Stacy L. Marszalkowski, Cumberland

Management Information Systems, Helen Y. Zhang,

Supply Chain Management, Brian D. Tupper, Medway, Mass.


College of Engineering,


Biomedical Engineering, Matthew D. Young, Portsmouth

Chemical Engineering, Brian E. Elias , North Stonington, Conn.

Civil Engineering, Matthew J. Ouellette, North Stonington, Conn.

Computer Engineering, Joseph M. DiPilato, North Smithfield

Electrical Engineering, Amber L. Silva, Narragansett

Industrial and Systems Engineering, Shawn Gienty, Middletown

Mechanical Engineering, Scott T. Macomber, Johnston

Ocean Engineering, Brad T. Kulis , Kingston


College of the Environment & Life Sciences,


Animal Science and Technology, Maria L. Procopio, Foster

Aquaculture and Fishery Technology, Lauren M. Korecky, Narrgansett

Biological Sciences, Olubukola Titilope Babalola, Providence

Clinical Laboratory Science, Ashley Pastore, Cranston

Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management, Christopher Goulart, Little Compton

Environmental Science & Management, Jessie C. Dyer, North Kingston

Geosciences, Rene Olsen, Foxboro, Mass.

Landscape Architecture, Karlene A. McTaggart , Hope Valley

Marine Affairs, Frederick E. Arnett II, Miami, Fla.

Marine Biology, Andrea Scott, East Lyme, Conn.

Microbiology, Ariana M. Darcy, Narrgansett

Nutrition and Dietetics, Alexandra C. Oppenheimer, Narrgansett

Resource Economics & Commerce, Hannah J. Williams , Narrgansett

Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Alexander H. Patterson , Cranston


College of Human Science & Services,


Communicative Disorders, Amy Buschenfeldt, Natick, Mass.

Elementary Education, Cathlin M. O’Reilly, Narragansett

Secondary Education, Brooke E. Alessandrini, Lincoln

Human Development and Family Studies, Lauren A. Bonetti, Warwick

Kinesiology, Anna Stanhewicz, Kingston

Textiles, Fashion Merchandising & Design, Cranston

Jennifer L. Robinson , , Boylston, Mass.

Textile Marketing, Alison Sauer,


College of Nursing,


Nursing, Elsa Fennelly,


College of Pharmacy,


Pharmacy, Sarah Sevigny, Swansea, Mass.


Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Ed. Providence Campus, Lincoln


Bachelor of General Studies, Carolyn L. Blum, Lincoln

Communication Studies, Leticia M. Meza-Zimering, East Providence

English, Oaxaca A. Schroder, Westerly

History, Jeremy S. Nardone, Warwick

Human Development and Family Studies, Kelsey M. Connors, Barrington

Psychology, Marisha Znosko,