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Alumna’s bequest is largest gift ever made to support URI journalism students

To many, she was known as, “Chris the Amazing.” And for many years to come, University of Rhode Island journalism students will benefit from the late Christine Nowak’s amazing generosity.

Nowak died March 13, 2011 after a long battle with breast cancer, but her love and admiration for URI inspired a bequest of $92,797 to benefit URI’s Department of Journalism and its students. It is the largest gift ever made to support scholarships for URI journalism students.

A resident of Lincoln, the 50-year-old Nowak was a 1983 honors graduate from URI, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history. Her journalism career began as a reporter for The Woonsocket Call, where she worked for 15 years…


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