URI-Narragansett Coalition to host expert
on community-university relations Oct. 3
KINGSTON, R.I. -- Oct. 2, 2000 -- An authority on community-university
relations will address the coalition formed to improve relations between
University of Rhode Island students and the town of Narragansett Tuesday,
Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
Thomas L. Gebhardt, director of personal safety and off-campus affairs
at the University at Albany, State University of New York in Albany, will
speak at Narragansett Town Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
Gebhardt has been chair of the Committee on University & Community
since its creation in the fall of 1990.
In 1992, Gebhardt was recognized by the University at Albany as the first
recipient of the "Outstanding Professional Service Award," by
the Division of Student Affairs for "significant contributions to improving
university and community relations."
The Committee on University & Community Relations itself received
national recognition as a finalist/second place in the 1997 "Neighborhood
of the Year" awards by "Neighborhoods USA," as well as local
recognition by the Neighborhood Resource Center in the City of Albany as
the "1995 Organization of the Year." In addition, the committee
was named runner-up for the 1997-98 Outstanding Public Relations Program
Award by Commission XVII Commuter Students and Adult Learners
of the American College Personnel Association.
In the March 2000 edition of the Journal of American College Health,
Gebhardt co-authored an article entitled "A Campus-Community Coalition
Control Alcohol -related Problems Off Campus: An Environmental Management
Case Study." In May of this year, he was recognized by the Neighborhood
Resource Center in Albany as the "2000 Outstanding Public Official
of the Year."
"He is clearly recognized as the founder and motivator behind the
community coalition in Albany, which has had tremendous success in resolving
conflicts between Albany and the campus community," said Thomas R.
Dougan, assistant vice president of student affairs at URI.
"He's a terrific speaker who will help our coalition get off to
a solid start," Dougan said.
Gephardt's talk marks the second meeting of the coalition, which was
formed after Narragansett residents met with students and URI officials
last spring to discuss their concerns about off-campus traffic, parties
In addition to Dougan, the members of the coalition are: Frances Cohen,
dean of students at URI; Dan Reilly, assistant director student life and
URI substance abuse prevention coordinator; Mark Wood, URI assistant professor
of psychology; Bob Cormier, president of the URI Student Senate; John Stringer,
Student Senate member; Robert Drapeau, URI director of campus police and
security; Suzanne Miller, member of the Narragansett Town Council; Maurice
Loontjens, Narragansett town manager; Jack O'Donnell, Narragansett police
chief; Jim Durkin, local Realtor; Stan Zienowicz, Briggs Farm president;
William O'Neill, representing Bonnet Shores and Jack Casey, representing
For Information: Thomas Dougan 874-2427, Dave Lavallee 874-2116