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Media Contact: Dave Lavallee401.874.2116

The bottom line is success for URI senior

KINGSTON, RI -- May 13, 2003 -- Because of her modesty, Amy Campanini doesn’t easily let people know that she will graduate from the University of Rhode Island in the top two percent of her class with a grade point average of 3.87 in finance. As a member of the Financial Management Association and International Honors Society this URI Centennial Scholar carries the credentials that would impress any financial institution.

"When I say to people I’m a finance major, they think all I am interested in is making money, but that’s not the case," said the May graduate. As the recipient of the 2003 President’s Student Excellence Award in Finance, Campanini’s drive is compelling. "Amy is a student who wanted to truly understand her course material, she was not just trying to get another A," Professor Henry Oppenheimer said. He had the opportunity to converse with Capamnini throughout his portfolio management course in the fall. "She wanted to understand how portfolio management worked and how to choose the proper firms. She participated to master the material and this attribute is apparent in her scholastic achievements." However, Campanini’s drive goes beyond the books.

During a year at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Campanini held various positions from investment operations intern, to assistant to the investment operations manager and compliance officer. She served most recently as temporary investment operations manager and compliance officer. "I gained experience in investment operations and ethical principles at Northwestern," Campanini said about her jobs, several of which were paid positions. Within these positions Campanini, assured that the branch followed the NASD and SEC codes and advised investment representatives on IRAs, savings plans and insurance policies."

"Finance is like a science, first you have to believe in what you do and once you start to figure things out the practice becomes fulfilling. I don’t think students should go into finance just because they think they’ll make a lot of money." When Campanini’s supervisor left the Northwestern branch, she covered both her position and her former supervisor’s and later trained other managers at Northwestern. These tasks did not hinder this member of the National Association of Female Executives.

Not only has Campanini held positions in the corporate world, but she has also worked on campus since her freshman year. A parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Church in Providence, who also attended Blessed Sacrament school, has been one of the voices on the other end of the phone answering URI’s main line. " I answer questions and direct calls, it definitely makes you aware of your communication skills and common sense."

Campanini worked with other business students to manage the Ram Fund, an equity portfolio supported by $100,000 from the URI Alumni Association. "It was hard because no one wanted to buy and because given the industry I picked, (oil) the typical stock research did not apply. But, my father ended up doing well with the stock I suggested my first semester on the Ram Fund."

Upon graduating from Classical High School in Providence in 1999 Campanini had her eyes set on URI. "URI was my only choice," she said. Campanini entered URI two years after her sister, Alicia, a pharmacy major who will also graduate this May. "URI was far enough away from home, yet close enough for me to visit my family," said the Providence resident

Campanini has received various accolades and scholarships through her college career. Upon entering URI she was awarded a four year URI Centennial Scholarship and a Knights of Columbus Scholarship. In 2000, she was named a University College Scholar and in 2002 she received the PACAP CBA URI award, and the Amica Insurance Academic Scholarship. This year, she was awarded the Fleet Boston CFA Scholarship and plans to take the Charted Finance Analyst examination after graduation.

"In finance you have to get through learning an overwhelming amount of material. A lot of people don’t want to attempt it because they don’t like numbers. You have to get past that. It ‘s like a game. Once you know all the rules you can play and that’s when it gets fun."

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