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University of Rhode Island—Facts about fall 2002

KINGSTON, R.I. -- August 27, 2002 -- Here’s how many students are heading for the University of Rhode Island this fall and a few of the things that await them on the Kingston Campus—from the Thomas M. Ryan Center to a new ice skating rink to a special honors colloquium series and a full complement of upcoming changes and improvements in facilities.

The Kingston Connection – Parking & Transportation

The single biggest change that will greet students, faculty, staff and visitors on the Kingston Campus this fall will be the entirely new transit, parking and traffic system. Called "The Kingston Connection," the new transit system consists of new parking lots, new parking assignments, enhanced management and enforcement and a campus transit system to be operated by RIPTA. Faculty, staff and students can also now register online for the system.

About the Students

  • About 2,400 freshmen students will enroll at the University this fall, which will be URI's largest freshmen class ever. (Last year, there were 2,200 freshmen.) Of those, about 47 percent are from Rhode Island.
  • Among the freshmen, don’t be surprised if you think you’re seeing doubles or more. The University expects to enroll 21 sets of twins and three sets of triplets this year.
  • Eight valedictorians and 25 students who ranked second or third in their high school graduating classes are part of this year's freshman class.
  • The average SATs for the class are 1112 and the average class rank is in the top 29 percent.
  • About 22 percent of the students in the freshman class will receive the University's Centennial Scholarships.
  • Among the freshmen, 13.5 percent are minorities.
  • Following a trend at the University and nationwide, 55 percent of the incoming class are female
  • In addition to the freshmen, approximately 515 transfer students will also enroll this fall.
  • Altogether there will be approximately 10,600 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students at URI this year.

Early Fall Event Highlights

  • September 1. Freshmen move in and participate in "First Night" activities in the evening.
  • September 4. Classes Begin.
  • September 8. On the Ice. Alumnus Bradford R. Boss ‘55 will be the first to take to the ice as the new arena bearing his name opens its doors. Scheduled youth hockey clubs will glide onto the ice starting on Sunday, Sept. 15th, and community Learn-to-Skate classes will begin Saturday, Sept. 21st. The $12 million Bradford R. Boss Arena will be open seven days a week, 15 hours a day.
  • September 11. A variety of memorial activities are being planned throughout the University community.
  • September 12. Convocation 2002. The general, university-wide Convocation ceremonies will be held at 3 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium. The featured speaker will be Dr. George Annas, a noted bioethicist and co-founder of Global Lawyers and Physicians. Annas’ Convocation speech inaugurates the semester-long Honors Colloquium. Four URI Foundation Excellence Awards will also be presented.
  • October 19, Homecoming 2002. A new homecoming tradition continues for the alcohol-free festivities held at the University's Kingston Campus. This year, the activities include a 5K Race, the Frank Newman Hall dedication, floats, games, competitions, music, food, and entertainment. The Air National Guard will deliver the football by parachute at about 11:45 to start the noon game. After the game, activities continue and will include tours of the Ryan Center, music, free skating at the new Bradford R. Boss Arena with a DJ, music on the Quad, ultimate frisbee, and a movie on the Quad followed by fireworks.
  • November 1- 3, Family Weekend. Highlight events include a Student Leadership Program, a Multicultural Cabaret, comedy by Steven Wright, football (URI vs. James Madison) and the President’s Brunch.

Campus Living

  • Barlow HallAbout 3,900 students, including approximately 2,200 freshmen, will live in the 18 URI residence Halls. Students will move in on Sunday, Sept. 1.
  • About 10 percent of undergraduate students live in fraternities or sororities, and about 53 percent commute from home or nearby communities.
  • Renovations. The University has made steady progress in the $64 million, seven-year plan to completely renovate its residence halls. The largest residence, the 300-bed Browning Hall, is now under renovation and will reopen for Sept. 2003. Residences completed to date are: Barlow Hall (Aug. '00), Weldin Hall (Jan. ‘01), Bressler Hall (Sept. '01), Butterfield Hall (Jan. 2002). In addition, comprehensive renovations of Butterfield Dining Hall have been completed. Next summer, exterior renovations of Adams Hall will begin and additional elements that will tie-together the "Freshmen Village" residences.

Under Construction

The physical transformations taking place on the University's Kingston Campus continued during the summer of 2002. As some major projects were wrapped up and ribbons were cut, others have progressed, and some are just beginning. Here's a quick snapshot of some projects that have kept folks bustling about:

  • Great Expectations. While the University’s Ryan Center grand opening in June may seem like old news, for the thousands of students returning to the Kingston Campus from near and far, stepping into the facility will be a grand new experience. The Student Entertainment Committee has worked with Global Spectrum to develop a great early fall line-up of concerts including: Rusted Root, Sept. 12; Counting Crows, Oct. 1; and No Doubt on Oct. 15.

  • Open and Occupied. As the 2002-03 academic year begins, the largest facility on the Kingston Campus, the Chafee Social Sciences Center, is fully open and re-occupied following its temporary closure in December 2000. A ribbon-cutting and re-dedication ceremony will be held early in the semester. The University closed the Chafee Social Science building based on test results that showed elevated levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) in soil outside and in sections inside of the high rise. After the cleanup and final testing were completed, concentrations of detectable PCBs were below regulatory guidelines. A final report on the remediation project was submitted to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Green Hall. Former home to the URI Admissions Office, Green Hall rehabilitation and interior remodeling continues with a late fall occupancy and an early spring semester formal reopening. Green will be restored to part of its original use in housing the Office of the President on the first floor’s west wing and the Provost in the east wing. The Enrollment Services group that is now housed in Roosevelt Hall will also move into Green. Admissions will remain in their new location on Upper College Rd.

  • Opening New Doors. As September begins, faculty and students going into Ranger Hall may step through a newly opened entrance on the building’s west side, and new doors at other entrances. The doorways were one part of the overall exterior renovations of Ranger that are nearly complete. Renovations included the new doorways, roof, windows and other exterior improvements.

  • Building Business. The metamorphosis of the College of Business Administration’s home, Ballentine Hall, continues at an exciting pace. Now almost completely cloaked in its new gray granite exterior, the building provides a strong new presence on the corner of the quadrangle. June 2003 is the target date for completion of the renovation and construction project.

  • Women's Center. Work continues on the new URI Women's Center on Upper College Road. Next to the Admissions Office, students, faculty, staff, and visitors will find the Violence Prevention Program and the Women's Center office located in the former Phi Sigma Kappa house later this fall. The residential component for women in science and technology, which is based on the model established with the successful URI International Engineering Program, will eventually house 33 women.

  • On the horizon: Planning and design work continues for major renovations of Lippitt and Independence Halls, while work on the aquaculture facility on the Narragansett Bay Campus will be getting underway.

  • Basics. Of course, along with all of these projects, a host of often less-visible projects completed this summer have included such things as: a new hazardous materials storage facility; irrigation projects at the athletic fields; steam utility work behind Roosevelt and the residence halls; and the paving of parking lots, roadways and other improvements needed for the new parking plan.

    For Information: Jhodi Redlich or Dave Lavallee, (401) 874-2116

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