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Komlan A. Soe '13

Komlan Aloysius '13

Komlan A. Soe received the 2013 Harvey Robert Turner Award for Outstanding Service to the URI Black Community. His international community service work with Ugandan micro-businesses for females was featured on the URI web page's "Big Thinkers". Read more. Read more.

 

 

Bisola Omisore '13

Bisola Omisore '13

Bisola B. Bruno received the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the University Community. His service work was featured in Quadangles. Read more.

 

 

Trystan Del Tufo '13

Trystan Del Tufo '13

Trystan Del Tufo received the 2013 William Gould Award for All-Around Outstanding Achievement. Her outstanding contributions in the areas of organizational leadership, peer relationships, faculty-student relationships, general service, and academic performance was featured on the URI web page's "Big Thinkers". Read more.

 

Eugenio Fernandez Jr. '13

Eugenio Fernandez Jr. '13

Eugenio Fernandez, Jr. received the 2012 Saint Elmo Brady Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science. He was featured as an outstanding graduating senior. Read more.

 

 

 

Mecca Smith '13

Mecca Smith '12

Mecca Smith received the 2012 William Gould Awards for All-Outstanding Achievement. Her work with the Non-Violence Center was featured in a Quadangles article. Read more...

 


Reudi Correia '12

Reudi Correia '12

Reudi Correia said she has always had "the caring gene," and she proved it by taking care of her family in good times and bad while she was growing up. As a nursing student at the University of Rhode Island, she continued in that role as an ambassador for prospective students and their parents, welcoming them to the University and sharing her experiences so they would feel comfortable in the next stage of their lives. Reudi Correia has been inducted into the Onyx Honor Society. Read the article...

 

 

Christina Knoll '11

Christina Knoll '11

Christina Knoll, '11 was inducted into the Onyx Senior Honor Society. As a URI student, she was active in a number of programs to improve campus race relations and diversity such as "Stop the Hate" and SOAR. In addition, she was an outstanding science student. Read more...

 


Danielle Henderson '11

Danielle Henderson

Danielle Henderson received the 2011 William Gould Award for All-Outstanding Achievement and 2011 Estes Benson Award for Academic Achievement. She was featured in Quadangles. Read more...

 

 

Brandon Brown '10

Brandon Brown

Brandon received the William Gould Award for All-Around Outstanding Achievement in 2010. He was recently featured in a Quad Angles article about his all around community service, and his dedication to supporting his former school, Central Falls High School, in the wake of last year's firing of its teaching staff. Read the article...

 


Jessica Adefusika '10

Jessica Adefusika

Jessica received the Benson Award for Academic Achievement in 2010. She was featured on the cover of the 2010 URI Viewbook (see page 24 for the article), after writing her Senior Honors Project about the exodus of professionally trained workers from her native Nigeria. Read about her project here.

 


Sara Green '09

Sara Green

Sara Green was inducted into the Onyx Honor Society. She majored in elementary education and communications at URI, and after graduation went on to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. Read more...

 


Martha Ofeibea-Tenkorang '09

Martha Ofeibea-Tenkorang

Martha won the Saint Elmo Brady Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science, and graduated with a Nursing degree.

She was featured in a 2009 Quad Angles article.

 


Kalyana Champlain '08

Kalyana Champlain

Kalyana Champlain received the William Gould Award for All-Around Outstanding Achievement in 2008, and graduated with a degree in communication studies. She was featured in a 2008 URI news article.


Whitney Hollis '08

Whitney Hollis

Whitney Hollis received the Althea Gibson Scholar-Athlete Award in 2008. A standout basketball player, she was a double major in communications and sociology. She was featured in a 2008 URI news article.


Safi Mojidi '08

Safi Mojidi

Safi Mojidi received the Althea Gibson Scholar-Athlete Award in 2008, and was also named the Rhode Island Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year. Read the article...

 


Sharon Isom '07

Sharon Isom

Sharon Isom, a cancer survivor, received the Arthur L. Hardge Award for All-Around Outstanding Community Service in 2007. Read her inspirational story in this 2007 Quad Angles article.

 


Destiny Woodbury '07

Destiny Woodbury

 

Destiny Woodbury received the Saint Elmo Brady Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science in 2006. She graduated in 2007 with a B.S. and B.A. in Chemistry, a B.A. in Secondary Education and a minor in Leadership Studies. She was featured in a 2005 Pacer article.

She is currently working as a teacher in Texas, and training for the 2012 Olympics. Find out more about what Destiny is doing now.

 


Pascale Delaunay '05

Pascale Delaunay

Pascale received both the William Gould Award for All-Around Outstanding Achievement and the Althea Gibson Scholar-Athlete Award in 2005, and graduated with a degree in Engineering.

She was featured in a 2005 Quad Angles article.

 


Freddie Shipworth '04

Freddie Shipworth

Freddie received the Benson Award for Academic Achievement in 2004, and graduated with a degree in English.

He was featured in a 2004 Pacer article.

 


Babatunde Ologun '02

Babatunde Ologun

Babatunde won the Benson Award for Academic Achievement in 2002, and went on to attend Brown Medical School.

Read the 2002 URI News article about Babatunde.

 

 

Marlon Mussington '01

Marlon Mussington '01

Marlon won the Harvey Robert Turner Award for Outstanding Service to the URI Black Community in 2001. A communications and psychology major, he now teaches physical education at the Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence. Read the article...

 


Kimberly Anderson '01

Kimberly Anderson

Kim won the Benson Award for Academic Achievement in 2001. She is now Assistant Dean of the College of Environmental and Life Sciences.

Read the 2001 Pacer article about Kim.

 


Solomon Comissiong B.A.'97, M.S.'00

Solomon Comissiong

Solomon won the Hardge Award for All-Around Outstanding Community Service in 1998. He is now the President and co-founder of SCMB Educational Consulting, a company that uses mediums such as Hip Hop Culture to educate poorly motivated students. Read more

Visit Solomon's web site

 


Jonathan Lewis '00

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis received the Harvey Robert Turner Award for Outstanding Service to the URI Black Community in 2000. He is now a social activist, and was recently featured in a Quad Angles article.

 


Preston Murphy '99

Preston Murphy

Preston Murphy received the Jackie Robinson Scholar-Athlete Award in 1999. He was a standout basketball player at URI, and he recently returned to become an assistant coach for his former team. Read the story.

 


Darran Simon '98

Darran Simon

Darran won the William Gould Award for All-Around Outstanding Achievement and the ASBS President's Award in 1998. He is now a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the newest member of the Black Scholar Awards Committee.

He was recently interviewed on MSNBC about a story he covered on police layoffs in Camden, NJ. Watch the interview

Read the 2008 Quad Angles article about Darran.

in the news

Darran Simon '98 Weds

Darran Simon wedding photo

Black Scholar Awards Committee member Darran Simon married Karin Pryce at the Oceancliff Hotel in Newport, RI on July 6, 2011. Karin will enter the MBA program at the University of Michigan in the fall, and Darran will continue working as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 


 

Booker Urges Class of 2011 to Stand Tall

Cory Booker with Danielle Henderson

Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker (pictured above with BSA winner Danielle Henderson) delivered an inspiring message to graduates as the 2011 URI commencement speaker. Read the full story

 


 

For Melvoid Benson, Politics is Still an Education

See the article from The Providence Journal