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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

It’s not too late to buy a piece of history at URI’s Ryan Center Commemorative brick campaign continues through July

KINGSTON, R.I., -- June 6, 2002 -- Haven’t had time to mail that $150 check to purchase a commemorative brick at the University of Rhode Island Thomas M. Ryan Center?
Well, there’s still time to purchase a piece of the largest construction project in URI history.

"Brick orders continue to come in at a steady pace, and we extended the participation deadline because we didn’t want anyone to be left out," said Sarah Howard, assistant director of the URI Convocation Center Campaign. "And those who purchase a brick will be invited to the VIP Grand Opening of the Center on June 21," Howard said. "We wanted to include everyone who had a role in doing something extra to complete this project."

Howard said the campaign has sold 465 bricks.

Those who purchase bricks may have them engraved to pay tribute to family members, a loved one, a colleague or bricks can be engraved with one’s business. URI alumni can use their bricks to honor favorite athletes, coaches, teams, faculty members, classmates, fraternities, sororities, clubs or alumni chapters.

The commemorative bricks will be placed in the North Plaza Brick Entry in the fall, which will be surrounded by pristine landscaping, sitting walls and walkways. A total of 4,500 bricks will make up the semicircular plaza. With the landscaping being completed in that area, those who attend the VIP event will be able to see where the bricks will be installed.

"We’d love to be able to fill all the designated space with bricks honoring our great moments, supporters and friends over the years," Howard said.

To order a brick or make a donation to the campaign, call Sarah Howard at 401-874-7536 or visit the website

The $54 million, 8,000-seat Ryan Center is the largest building project in URI’s 110-year history. So far $14.8 million of the $15 million private-fund-raising goal for the Ryan Center has been raised.

The accompanying $12 million ice arena, which is also well under way, is scheduled to open in September. The 2,500-seat ice arena, will be one of only two ice rinks in Rhode Island that will operate year round, and will be the first indoor ice skating facility in South County.

For Further Information: Sarah Howard 401-874-7536 or Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116

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