URI's Feinstein College of Continuing Education
to induct three into its Hall of Honor
Providence, R.I. -- March 26, 1999 -- A woman who helps improve the health
of other women, a man whose quest for learning never ends, and a retired
brigadier general will be inducted into the University of Rhode Island Feinstein
College of Continuing Education,s Hall of Honor on April 8.
The Providence-based college established a Hall of Honor last year as
a way to pay tribute to individuals whose dedication, hard work, and support
have contributed to furthering the mission of the college. The three inductees
Joyce Dolbec 95 of Slatersville, a former nurse and businesswoman, worked
her way through college as a student secretary in the dean,s office and
as a peer counselor in Student Services, where she established a clearinghouse
for scholarship information and ran wellness workshops.
While in college, she was the first Feinstein CCE-recipient of the prestigious
A. Robert Rainville Award Student Leadership Award.
As president of the Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for continuing
education students, Dolbec worked with her l995 graduating class to establish
the Walter A. Crocker Scholarship.
She currently serves as vice president of the college,s Alumni Association
and is a member of the College Advisory Board. She is also an active member
of the American Cancer Society and the Rhode Island Women,s Political Caucus
and is involved in local politics.
Dolbec works full-time as a program manager at the YWCA where she is
a driving force behind women,s health and wellness grants and programs.
Harold Stanzler of Pawtucket who holds two degrees (BS 34, MS 36) from
URI personifies the axiom that learning never ends and retirement never
really begins. When the Feinstein College of Continuing Education was created
during World War II as Rhode Island State College,s Division of Industrial
Extension, Stanzler, then the director of human resources and personnel
administration at the Collyer Insulated Wire Co. in Pawtucket, became one
of the college,s first faculty members, teaching management and supervision
courses as an adjunct professor.
Although he served in a professional capacity on several state boards,
he never lost his association with the College. He continues to teach, take
courses, and serve on committees and task forces right up to this day"a
span of 57 years.
Stanzler volunteers in the Small Business Association,s Service Corps
of Retired Executives where he has helped hundreds of Rhode Islanders start
and maintain small businesses.
Joseph N. Waller 69 of Wakefield, former assistant adjutant of the Rhode
Island Air National Guard, understands the struggles of continuing education
students first hand. When he entered URI, he was a 28-year-old engineering
student with career and family responsibilities. He helped pay for his education
by working as a research assistant. Although he earned his degree more than
30 years ago, he continues to take courses and workshops.
Waller began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1959,
was commissioned naval aviator, served as a tactical airlift pilot, commanded
the 143rd Tactical Airlift Squadron, eventually retired as brigadier
Waller is also retired from a civilian career within the Naval Undersea
Warfare Center where he was chief engineer responsible for the definition,
design, development and deployment of various submarine combat systems.
Since 1992, the general has been a member of the College,s Advisory Board,
chairing the organization since 1994.
During the induction ceremonies on April 8, framed photos of the inductees
will be hung on the wall of the college's first floor hallway"within
view of students, faculty, staff, visitors and friends who come through
the College,s main entrance at 80 Washington Street.
For More Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2216