Giving Back

Alumnus Norman Tashash is a strong supporter of the College of Environment and Life Sciences’ (CELS). A 1977 graduate, Tashash built a successful career in the medical technology industry. Now retired, but ever entrepreneurial, he currently owns two Subway restaurants and plans to continue growing this business.

According to Tashash, his best memories from URI are of the people he met on campus- his wife of 36 years, Alicia Tashash, among them. Together, they have shown their appreciation for URI through multiple, generous donations.

In 2008 they established a $25,000 scholarship fund for Microbiology/Molecular Biology students. Later, they also donated $50,000 to help build the Center for Biotechnology and Life Science (CBLS), the current home of many CELS faculty, staff and students.

“For us, giving back to URI was an easy decision,” said Tashash. “My wife and I discussed ways we could give back to URI that could have a direct impact on CELS students. We both graduated from URI, had a great learning experience, and have great memories.”

In honor of their support, an instrumental conference room in CBLS now shares their family name. Students and faculty alike continue to benefit from this donation.

“We value education very highly,” said Tashash. “If we can help one student to offset some of their costs and get them through a year of education, we are happy to help.”