Bits and Pieces

NonnieExcellence for All

In early April, Helen M. Plummer passed away. She wasn’t a URI employee or alumna, but the campus mourned anyway. Nonnie, as she was known, was famous for telling everyone who came to the CVS at the Kingston Emporium to “have a excellent.” Excellent what? Customers finished the sentence on a Facebook page started four years ago. See for more.

Star Spangled Moment

Christopher Davey ’16 sang the national anthem at Fenway May 4, kicking off a Red Sox-Athletics game as part of Rhode Island Day ceremonies.

The vocal performance major sang before his largest audience ever, a crowd of 30,000—although it’s hard to say if it tops his duet with his brother in front of Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. “I hope to focus my adrenaline on making my family, my teachers, and URI proud,” he said before the game. He delivered. Check out to see his performance.

Farm Table

Christina (Estabrook) Allen ’80 writes that she and her husband Frank—whom she met at URI—run a sustainable organic homestead and farm in southern Maryland that attracts visitors interested in kitchen gardening and sustainable living. One visitor was so struck that she made a film about a dinner that Christina and Frank served to some friends, documenting how each ingredient was grown, harvested and prepared. See a preview at