Rainville Student Leadership Awards

Recognize, encourage, and celebrate student leadership within the campus community

2008 Recipients


2008 Student Employee Award Recipient

Media Credit: Christopher Barrett
Paul Arruda – finds that “helping students to understand both their responsibilities and their rights in order to facilitate their own success is intrinsically rewarding.” She has been a work study student in the office of the Dean of Arts & Science since 2006, maintaining a 3.53 GPA in Psychology while raising a 5 year old daughter. One of her references believes “that she is responsible for many of our efforts to improve the services to the students, department chairs, and faculty advisors” and “her strongest trait is her passion and commitment to serve others.” She has “never observed a student employee have such an impact on the success of students, faculty, and staff. This extremely talented leader reinforces my belief that many of the solutions pertaining to our institution’s ability to serve students, reside in the students.”


2008 Student Leadership Award Recipient

Media Credit: Christopher Barrett
Jill Anderson – a senior Political Science major with a 3.78 GPA, is a strong, intelligent student-athlete. Her leadership influence lies not only in her range of service and activities but especially in her ability to see and encourage the potential in others. Jill believes that actions speak louder than words and works hard to set positive examples for everyone. She has played varsity softball for URI earning a full athletic scholarship for her four years at URI. She served as captain of her team as well as an Orientation Leader for athletes and for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Outside of athletics, Jill’s passion and leadership was directed as a Peer Advocate where she created and performed campus wide interactive workshops and programs to educate and increase awareness about sexual assault/harassment, domestic violence, drugs, alcohol and related issues. Working hard to help others, Jill portrays the true essence of a leader. After graduating from URI, Jill will continue her learning while pursuing a law degree and hopes to specialize in women’s rights.



2008 Team Excellence Award Recipients

Media Credit: Christopher Barrett and Justine Metro
WOWW – We’re Offering Women Wisdom has been working hard to support freshmen women on campus for three years. The mission of this organization is to establish a tangible community where upper-class mentors provide a constant, non-judging community for incoming first year students. In turn, these first year students become the mentors for the next class of incoming freshmen. Members of WOWW strive to educate women about the dangers of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. In addition, they also provide information about effective time and stress management techniques. Through their commitment to supporting freshmen students, involvement on campus, and the successful management of their organization, We’re Offering Women Wisdom continues to help freshmen and upper-class students build lasting friendships, develop leadership skills, and learn about issues effecting women today.

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