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J.C. Glick

J.C. Glick ’95

Remember when drill sergeants would stand nose to nose with new Army recruits, browbeating them until they were shaking in their boots. Well, sir—and ma’am—those days are over. Today’s wars ...

Janelle Amoako

Janelle Amoako ’15

If you want to know how to prepare for a career in the complex world of health care, you might want to look at Janelle Amoako’s resume. The spring 2015 ...


CT Harry

C.T. Harry ’15

C.T. Harry gets calls from his office at all hours—responding quickly to those calls is an important part of his job. As a leader of the International Fund for Animal Welfare's marine mammal stranding ...

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Caroline Casey ’15

Caroline Casey took a leap of faith and ended up saving a life. Co-captain of the women’s volleyball team who graduated in May, she signed up for the bone marrow ...

Sergio Suhett

Sergio Suhett ’15

Sergio Suhett knows what it’s like to suffer. Growing up in Brazil, he was beaten and bullied for being gay. Those horrific attacks, even by the police, made him into ...

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Jenn Pigoga

Jennifer Pigoga ’15

Jennifer Pigoga is at home in an ambulance. As an emergency care technician, or EMT, she’s in a hurry to treat people who need help fast. Now the 22-year-old science ...

Jill Austin with her book

Jill Austin ’01

If H is for Hope and I is for the Independent Man and R is for Rocky Point, then one thing is certain: We are not in Kansas. We’re in ...

Nancy Karraker

Nancy Karraker

Nancy Karraker was born at the Grand Canyon and grew up in Yosemite National Park and Olympic National Park, so it’s no wonder that she became interested in wildlife and ...

Jessica Damicis

Jessica Damicis ’15

Before college, Jessica Damicis had never left the country. Today the 23-year-old has traveled to six countries on three continents, lived and studied in Spain, interned in Kenya, and built ...

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Bob Ballard

Robert Ballard Ph.D. ’72

If you spent much time watching television in the last few weeks, it would have been difficult to avoid seeing marine explorer and URI Oceanography Professor Robert Ballard. The man best ...

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Matthew Quainoo

Matthew Quainoo ’15

Matt Quainoo is used to speaking in front of a crowd. In fact, his congregation has been growing for two years now, as he has helped create and cultivate a ...

Emily Thomesen

Emily Thomesen ’15

URI swimming coach Mick Westcott made it easy for Emily Thomesen to decide where she would go to college. “When I was being recruited, he said academics come before athletics, ...

Ahmed Fadl

Ahmed Fadl ’05,’10

Ahmed Fadl has a big mission at NASA—and a critical role in ensuring public safety during risky rocket launch operations. He recently garnered one of NASA’s highest awards for spotting ...


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Mindy Levine

In Mindy Levine’s world, chemical molecules are talkative little beings, and she is trying to decipher how they communicate with each other when they are not attached. It’s research that ...

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Olivia Ahern

Olivia Ahern ’16

Olivia Ahern is working toward a career as a legislative aide, translating scientific research into policies to protect the oceans and environment. Her preparation couldn't be better. She had already ...

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