Two leading Cuban scholars, Miguel Coyula and Humberto Miranda, gave talks this fall as part of URI’s international scholars program, and it was only the beginning of a new URI/Cuba connection. This January, during URI’s second winter J Term, a course called The Dynamics of Social Change in the Carribbean will bring a class of students to Cuba to study the island nation on the ground. Ole!
Hundreds gathered in the ballroom of the Memorial Union for a celebration of the life and work of the late Leo F. DiMaio Jr., former director of URI’s Talent Development Program. The event also celebrated the program itself, which was designed by Harold V. Langlois ’67, the keynote speaker. Proceeds benefited the DiMaio/Forleo Endowed Scholarship fund.
DiMaio won the respect and friendship of his colleagues and students at URI from 1969 to 1998. He dedicated his life and career to expanding educational opportunity for disadvantaged students. The 46-year-old Talent Development program he worked in has opened the doors for thousands of students at URI.