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Former URI dean to be sole inductee into Hall of Honor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- March 20, 2001 -- Walter A. Crocker, the former dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, will be this year’s sole inductee into the college’s Hall of Honor. Crocker retired in January. The induction will take place in the college’s Paff Auditorium on Friday, April 20 starting at 7 p.m.

The Hall of Honor was established in 1998 to pay tribute to those individuals who, through their dedication, hard work, and support have contributed significantly to furthering the mission of the college. Crocker was the unanimous choice of the selection committee.

Crocker began his career teaching junior high English and social studies in East Providence in 1959. After a stint in the Peace Corps in Belize and time spent at Wayne State University, he went to work at Rhode Island College in 1971, eventually becoming dean of its School of Continuing Education and Community Service.

When he was named dean of URI’s college in 1984, Crocker had a banner created stating: "You’re Home." His family-like administrative style quickly formed a team of a loyal and dedicated staff, devoted faculty, appreciative adult students, grateful alumni, and admiring community friends.

He faced many challenges including the move of the College from its site on Promenade Street to its current location in the renovated Shepard’s building.

His multiple accomplishments include founding a CCE alumni organization, creating a Student Government Board, initiating the L.E.A.P. program for adult minority recruitment, and fashioning an individualized capping ceremony for graduates.

He built an on-site child development center for 3- to 5- year olds and an all-day kindergarten, and started the college's chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.

Crocker started distance learning at URI, initiated a Special Programs unit for businesses and spearheaded unique overseas programs. He created a Study Skills Center with free math, computer, language and writing tutors. In addition, he founded an active Community Advisory Board for the College, initiated Grand Information Sessions to spur recruitment, conducted 25 live TV Town Meetings, and started ALTER, a senior citizens academy.

In addition, he kicked off a major donor/gift campaign, which has raised $8 million to date. Last year alone, Crocker awarded scholarships totaling $300,000 to URI-ASFCCE students.

For Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116

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