Two University of Rhode Island education professors and a URI graduate have won international awards for their accomplishments in literacy. The awards were given by the International Literary Association at its annual conference in St. Louis July 19.
Sarah Zawatsky just left the classroom, but can’t wait to get back in.
This fall, the University of Rhode Island graduate will start a new job as a science teacher at a charter school in the working-class city of Woonsocket. And that’s exactly what she wants.
University of Rhode Island senior Caroline Casey took a leap of faith and ended up saving a life.
Casey, a resident of Columbia, M.D. and a four-year member of the URI women’s varsity volleyball team, signed up to donate bone marrow on a whim when members of the football team drove around campus on golf carts, shouting at pedestrians through megaphones to register, a Rhody tradition. She never expected that she would be called upon to donate her bone barrow. But in August 2013, she answered the call.
“Are you crazy?’’ That’s how friends responded when Rachael Musch told them she wanted to get her college degree – even though she had three toddlers at home, even though her husband worked 55 hours a week in a restaurant, even though she was at the age when most people are already deep into careers.
Tim Caputo of Greenlawn, N.Y. has had an impressive four years at the University of Rhode Island that would leave most people wondering how he did it all.
A group of overweight elderly women in Providence can get around better, thanks to University of Rhode Island students who introduced them to an ancient Chinese exercise: Tai Chi. Twenty-six women at the St. Martin De Porres Senior Center in Providence participated in the three-month project, conducted by URI faculty and students studying exercise science, nutrition and communicative disorders.
With the click of a computer mouse, a University of Rhode Island education professor and her students are reaching across the globe to train teachers in Kenya.
Thanks to 21st century technology, a nonprofit group founded by a former URI lecturer and enthusiastic URI students, the Kenyan teachers are learning how to teach math and literacy to other teachers in the African country.
TMD senoir Rebecca Chace spent the summer with Woody Allen, and, yes, he actually wears a bucket hat every day – rain or shine, indoors or outdoors, on set or at rest.
West African textiles have always fascinated Sania Josiah, who was born in Liberia and grew up in Ghana. Now the emerging designer is making a name for herself with clothes inspired by her heritage.
Paula Kleniewski has been passionate about golf since she was seven years old. So when she became a doctor of physical therapy student at URI, she found a creative way to make her favorite sport part of her studies.
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