Eight educators have received their graduate certificates in digital literary in a program at the University of Rhode Island that is a collaboration of the URI School of Education and the Media Education Lab at URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media.
Welcome to the newest issue of the College of Human Science and Services (HSS) newsletter, Inspire, that highlights the big thinking and special achievements of some of our faculty, staff, and students. I am so proud of our undergraduate and graduate students, our faculty and staff, and the contributions they make to the vitality of our internal and external communities. With degrees related to health, education, and textiles, our diverse programs all share a common goal: to improve people’s lives across the lifespan.
Alexander Toro-Maradiaga grew up in the Ocean State, but was never fond of seafood – until he studied this summer in Japan. The University of Rhode Island senior was blown away by the sushi and other dishes made with fish plucked from the sea the same day. “It was amazing. Everything was so fresh.’
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.
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