Saturday, October 17, 2015 marked the Tenth Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards and Gala in Newport, when the University honored the alumni, corporations, and friends of URI who have brought distinction to themselves and the University through their professional achievements, outstanding leadership, and community service.
David Bergeron ’78, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Cynthia Marcille Deysher ’78, Principal, Deysher Advisory Services
Rear Admiral Robert P. Girrier, M.M.A. ’90, Director, Unmanned Warfare Systems, United States Navy
Mostafa Omar, Ph.D. ’82, President, PhytoCeuticals, Inc.
CVS Health (Corporate Award)
Rising Star Award
Robinson W. Fulweiler, M.S. ’03, Ph.D. ’07, Associate Professor, Departments of Earth and Environment, and Biology, Boston University
Athletic Director’s Award
Anthony J. Rose Jr., Hon. ’91, Chairman, Technical Industries, Inc.
Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education
Elaine A. Coderre ’89, Former Representative, District 60, Rhode Island House of Representatives
College of Arts and Sciences
Kathy O’Donnell-White ’90, Senior Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Robert Vincent ’75, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Public Affairs, International Game Technology, PLC
College of Business Administration
William Eigen ’90, Managing Director, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Absolute Return Fixed Income, J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Deborah Imondi ’83, M.B.A. ’86, Executive Director, Rhode Island 4-H Club Foundation, Inc.
College of Engineering
Brent Cunningham ’96, Managing Director, Jefferies LLC
Bill Jasper ’75, M.S. ’77, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Unifi, Inc.
College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Aram Calhoun, M.S. ’89, Professor of Wetland Ecology, University of Maine
John Grant III, M.S. ’86, Senior Geologist, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
College of Human Science and Services
Susan Corning ’75, Veterinary Advisor, World Organisation for Animal Health
Steven Watterson ’79, Assistant Head Coach, Strength and Conditioning, Tennessee Titans
College of Nursing
Mary (Beth) Mancini, M.S. ’82, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Education Innovation, University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Anne Manton, Ph.D. ’95, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Cape Cod Hospital; and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Emergency Nursing
College of Pharmacy
Matt Leonard ’88, Executive Vice President, Pharmaceutical Contracting, Purchasing & Network Administration, CVS Health
Richard V. Piacentini ’77, Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Graduate School of Oceanography
Barclay P. Collins, M.S. ’74, Ph.D. ’78, General Manager, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation