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URI family receives police support for infant born with rare cancer

A group of community members and police officers were held captive in the lobby of the URI Police Department headquarters last week by a special little bundle. The bundle was the nearly five-month old baby, Violet Graney, who was born with and is fighting a rare cancer.

Dressed for the occasion in her favorite color, Violet smiled for all at the event where her parents, URI staff members Dan and Angela Graney, were receiving support from the Cops for Kids With Cancer Foundation.

Robert Faherty, who chairs the foundation, was very happy to see Violet and to present her parents with a check for $5,000 to help with medical expenses. Faherty spent 40...


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Group tickets for the 2014-15 University of Rhode Island Men's Basketball season are now on sale. Buying group tickets allow fans the opportunity to watch some of the best competition at the Thomas M. Ryan Center this season with their friends, family, or co-workers. A group purchase consists of 15 tickets or more. In addition to receiving a special group ticket price, URI Athletics offers Group Experiences, headlined by the opportunity to perform at halftime (select games) or joining the team on the court for the national anthem.


The URI International Engineering Program (IEP) offers an unparalleled experience for students looking to become truly global engineers. IEP graduates earn two degrees simultaneously: a B.S. in an engineering discipline and a B.A. in Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. By combining the power of a strong engineering program, immersion in a foreign language and culture and a year abroad, the five-year program graduates students prepared for rewarding careers in a diverse array of fields around the world.

URI in the News

The Providence Journal recently reported that University of Rhode Island engineering professor Aaron Bradshaw has conducted seismic tests on the Gainer Memorial Dam at the Scituate Reservoir to determine its vulnerability to earthquakes. His analysis thus far suggests that the 88-year-old dam could withstand, with minimal damage, the region’s most likely earthquake scenarios, which include a magnitude 5 earthquake nearby the dam and a magnitude 6.8 earthquake 125 kilometers away.


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