URI names Wakefield resident,
University veteran to Convocation Center post
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 5, 2000 -- The University of Rhode Island
has appointed a Wakefield resident as its new assistant director
for the Convocation Center Campaign, the private, $15 million fund drive
for the largest building project in the history of URI.
Michaela Mooney brings 13 years of experience at URI in roles as a fund-raiser,
admissions official and freshman orientation director to her new post. Prior
to her appointment, Mooney served for two years as an assistant director
of the URI Annual Fund, the premier private fund-raising campaign at URI.
The Pawtucket native and graduate of the former Pawtucket West
High School succeeds Louise Rosarbo who has been promoted to director of
the Convocation Center Campaign.
A graduate of Wheaton College, Mooney holds a master's degree from URI
in college student personnel.
"Michaela brings a wide range of skills to this very important
position," said Robert M. Beagle, URI vice president for the Division
of Advancement. "Among her strengths are a winning personality, ability
to sell URI and a great rapport with our alumni and friends. We are happy
to have her working on URI's largest private giving campaign."
She is responsible for working with volunteer committee members in soliciting
individuals and businesses for donations.
Mooney said her work in various offices at URI has prepared her well
for the job. "What really prepared me is my work in admissions,"
she said. "The knowledge of the University I gained in my work there
is helping immeasurably."
Whether working in fund-raising, admissions or with new students, it
is important to remember "that 98 percent of it is dealing well with
people," Mooney said. "It's getting back to people, returning
calls and letting them know you care. People give to people."
Mooney said she is excited about the job because of the great challenge
of working on a campaign for the $54 million Convocation Center. The complex
will house basketball games, University events, concerts and cultural programs,
and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2002. It is being funded by state
appropriations, bond funds and private donations. The site to the west of
Meade Stadium is currently being prepared for the start of construction
"I am glad to be a part of it. This is going to be the most visible
building on campus," she said.
She said the campaign has tremendous momentum, thanks to the dynamic
leadership of Rosarbo. "She is a powerhouse," said sports-lover
Mooney. "I have been following URI basketball since the mid-1970s."
Mooney and her husband Tom, also a graduate of URI, have a daughter,
Meg, a junior at South Kingstown High School and member of the field hockey
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