Rainville Class of 2019

2019 Recipients


2019 Student Employee Award Recipient


N’Deye Yacino Dabo

N’Deye Yacino Dabo ‘21
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Major: Pharm D, Pharmacy and French
Minor: Biology

N’Deye first joined Housing and Residential Life as a Resident Assistant in 2015, where she began “an uninterrupted streak of 1,274 days of employment…. that’s 1,274 days advancing the image of URI,” as one reference raved. As an RA, N’Deye is passionate about making sure each and every student is able to have their voice heard and feel the support they need. She makes it a priority to put her best foot forward in all her endeavors, including initiating campus-wide programs such as the Bubble Cup tournament. On top of her academic and work commitments, N’Deye is involved in a variety of organizations campus wide – as a founding member of Alpha Zeta Omega, treasurer for M.U.S.I.C, and contributing to CVSA, SAWA, Alima, and DIVE R.I. The opportunities and skills she has during her time here will no doubt bring her success in the pharmaceutical field.

2019 Robert L. Carothers Servant Leadership Award Recipient

Dakota Grenier

Dakota Grenier ‘20
Hometown: Coventry, RI
Major: Nursing
Minor: Leadership Studies and Thanontology

Dakota detailed that her own involvement with service began out of gratitude.
As an individual with the ability to serve she has recognized how important it is
to also help others recognize their own abilities and to enable others to act in
order to increase the potential positive impact of service. From her early service
experiences with the American Cancer Society, the Tomorrow Fund, and the
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dakota grew into campus leadership roles
with Rotaract, Love Your Melon, and URI Service Corps. One recommendation
stated, “her service, and her ability to inspire service in others, is a rare and virtuous
trait” and truly reflects Dakota’s impressive commitment to service – one
that Dakota states “is the beginning of forever for me.”


2019 Student Leadership Award Recipient


Natalie Timas

Natalie Timas ‘19
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Major: Nursing

Natalie believes her experiences and involvement at URI have shaped
her into the woman she is and the nurse she hopes to become. As a
first-generation college student, Natalie receives her motivation from
making her family proud and being successful academically. As a “big
family person” and with her big sister as her mentor, this motivated her to
get involved at URI and find her sisterhood with P.I.N.K. (Powerful Independent
Notoriously Knowledgeable) Women. PINK Women has helped
her to find her true potential and be proud of who she is. Natalie has
used her voice as a Resident Advisor, Nursing Ambassador, and Orientation
Leader. Her nature as a “calm, approachable, friendly, and mature”
student leader helps to support first-year students just starting their
journey at URI. One recommender states, that “Natalie is a great leader
because she is able to connect with students so that they feel heard and
comfortable.” She goes on to say that Natalie has helped many first-year
minority students find a place at URI by sharing her story, knowledge of
multicultural organizations, and leading by example. Natalie hopes to use
her thirst for a face paced environment, positive attitude, belief in teamwork
in her career as a nurse.


2019 Team Excellence Award Recipients


D.R.I.V.E. (Diversifying, Recruiting, Inspiring, Volunteering, Educating)
is an organization where undergraduate students volunteer their time to
better the URI community. The main purpose of D.R.I.V.E. is to diversify
the URI community by allowing the opportunity for underrepresented
in-state and out-of-state students to experience the University and all
it has to offer. The program not only represents URI but shows what
higher education has to offer and what students can gain from attending
college. This promotion of higher education is available to high school,
middle and elementary students as well. D.R.I.V.E has a major impact
not only on the URI community but also on the entire state Rhode
Island. The promotion of higher education for students of every age,
nationality, religion, and sexual orientation shows how inclusive and
exemplary this organization truly is.


Rainville Class of 2019
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