Embracing Life’s Rhythm: Dr. Kirsten Volness on the Rewards of Her Art Form
For Dr. Kirsten Volness, teaching and creating music is all about making a difference. The composed yet spirited pianist, teacher, composer, and producer is committed to sharing her knowledge and exploring the many facets of her art form.
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The Consummate Storyteller: Jessica Pace ’18
This senior Journalism and Communication Studies dual major is the effervescent, focused, and driven Newscast Editor and Producer of URI’s 5-Cent Cigar Newscast, the only program on campus that produces video content for the University.Learn more
French professor honored by French government
Lars Erickson has been named a Chevalier (or Knight) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. The award recognizes his outstanding achievements at promoting the study of the French language and culture. The Consulate General of France in Boston will present the award during a ceremony at URI in the spring.Learn more
Three URI economists publish separate books on key issues
The books, all published within the same week, highlight the European financial crisis, business impacts on economics, and ‘Marxism without guarantees.’
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Student activist seeks to educate others
Last semester, Hall, who is majoring in gender and women’s studies and political science, devoted her Sunday mornings to cold calling Rhode Island residents about reproductive rights issues. A volunteer for the advocacy nonprofit The Woman Project, Hall also collected signatures of URI community members and supporters of reproductive rights on fabric squares that will be stitched together in a quilt to be delivered to the Rhode Island State House.Learn more
Andrew Burnap, ’13, one of New York Times’ “3 Young People to Watch in Theater”
Andrew Burnap, ’13, will star in a major new play on one of London’s most influential stages, the Young Vic, directed by Stephen Daldry, the man behind “The Crown.”
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URI journalism graduate appears on the “Today” show
Brianna Blank, ’14, dished out advice about weight loss and healthy eating on the “Today” show in a spirited interview that put her on the national stage.
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Journalism alum rules the airwaves
Tara Granahan, ’88, has outlasted the male competition, and for good reason.
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URI students reach out to help troubled teens
The students accompanied social workers on home visits, watched hearings in Family Court in Providence, observed teachers and students at Ocean Tides—a residential facility for boys in Narragansett—and attended presentations by social service agencies, including the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families, or DCYF.Learn more
English professor teams up with literary superstar James Patterson
After an exhaustive audition process, Derek Nikitas was invited to co-author two novellas with literary superstar James Patterson, Diary of a Succubus and You’ve Been Warned – Again. The first is about a supernatural assassin; the other concerns the mysterious presence of a girl’s dead brother. Both titles were published as e-books and are part of Patterson’s “BookShot” series.
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