URI professor is finalist for inspire integrity awards

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Washington, D.C. — May 15, 2008 — University of Rhode Island Professor of Modern & Classical, Languages & Literature, Arts & Sciences Alain-Philippe Durand of Cranston, is one of 15 finalists for the “Inspire Integrity Awards,” a national award recognizing faculty members who have had a significant impact on their students’ lives and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity.

The awards are presented by The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), an honor society inviting high achieving freshmen and sophomores.

The 2007-2008 Inspire Integrity Awards takes place in five regions throughout the United States. Undergraduate members of NSCS nominate faculty members in each region who inspire integrity through their classroom lectures, activities, and curriculum. Those nominated were invited to write a brief essay on the concept of integrity and its meaning to them personally.

Regional selection committees selected three finalists from each region, each of whom will receive an award and a personal stipend of $250. The fifteen finalists will be judged by a national selection committee, who will name one runner-up and one national Inspire Integrity Award recipient. The runner-up will receive $750, and the national recipient will be honored at a high-profile event and receive a personal stipend of $3,000 and an additional $2,500 contribution made in his or her name to the educational institution’s general scholarship fund.

“The distinguished professors recognized through the Inspire Integrity Awards understand that in order for students to evolve into accomplished professionals and engaged citizens, they must pursue their ambitions ethically and honorably,” said Stephen E. Loflin, Executive Director of NSCS. “These educators impart the lessons, wisdom, and guidance that encourage students to develop that kind of character.”

Contact: Mishri Someshwar

Phone: 202.375.5121

E-mail: someshwar@nscs.org


About NSCS:

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization to invite first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing. NSCS offers members exclusive access to scholarships, career resources, leadership and networking opportunities. NSCS has more than 650,000 lifetime members and 228 chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.