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22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 874-2116

URI announces honors and appointments

KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 16, 2002 -- The following honors and appointments involving University of Rhode Island faculty or staff were recently announced:

Deborah Erickson-Owens, assistant professor of clinical nursing, has received the 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award granted by the American College of Nurse Midwives Foundation, Inc. She was selected because of her demonstrated excellence in academic education, clinical education, and research in the field of midwifery. Erickson-Owens resides in North Kingstown.

Linda Green, coordinator of the URI Cooperative Extension’s Watershed Watch program, was co-chair of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council’s 2002 national conference in Madison, Wis. Green is a resident of Wakefield.

Dr. Bernard Lafayette, director of URI’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, along with Tom Morin, associate professor of Hispanic Studies and Latin American advisor for the Center, traveled to Mexico this summer and trained nearly 3,000 prisoners, staff, and custodians of Atlacholoaya Prison. Morin is now working to establish a nonviolence center in Mexico and is helping to arrange an international conference on peace and nonviolence in Cuernavaca, Mexico next spring. Lafayette is a resident of Wickford and Morin resides in Kingston.

Jing Xiao, professor of human development and family studies, served on the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards’ Board of Examiners committee to help develop questions for the CFP certification examination. He was one of 29 recognized as having expertise in the field of personal financial planning. The examination, which the committee helped to develop, is administered in 50 locations throughout the U.S. and is taken by 5,000 individuals a year. Xiao is a resident of Kingston.

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