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URI plans steaming Alumni Weekend, June 3 - 6

KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 18, 1999 -- The University of Rhode Island is planning a steaming Alumni Weekend, featuring lobsters, long-lost friends and lots of fun. It all takes place Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6.

Highlights include the unveiling of architectural plans for URI's new Convocation Center during the annual Alumni Breakfast, which takes place Saturday, June 5, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Led by Robert M. Beagle, vice president for University Advancement, as master of ceremonies, and Alan Wasserman '75, URI Alumni Association president, the event includes a talk by keynote speaker John Geddes '74, deputy managing editor at The New York Times, and remarks from URI President Robert L. Carothers.

The Alumni Breakfast will conclude with the Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards, which honor 14 individuals for their contributions to URI and the community, followed by the unveiling of the floor plans and architectural elevations of the Convocation Center at 11 a.m.

Afterwards, alumni can enjoy a family lobster boil on the Kingston campus quadrangle on Saturday, from 11:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. Alumni and friends can feast on lobster, mussels, clams and steamers (with chicken and a children's menu of hot dogs and hamburgers also available). Children can enjoy a crafts tent, pony rides and "walking on air" inflatable toys. Campus tours by trolley, a botanical tour, and a concert by the URI band will also contribute to a fun-filled afternoon. Cost is $27 for lobster, $19 for chicken and $5 for children's menu; alumni membership discount passes are available.

All URI alumni are welcome, especially those from the reunion years of 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989 and 1994. For information or to register by phone, please call the Alumni Office at 401-874-2242, or visit the URI home page at www.uri.edu. The following events are open to all alumni, unless otherwise indicated:

Thursday, June 3

Noon Golden Grad Luncheon, Classes of 1934, 1939, 1944, Quidnessett Country Club

Friday, June 4

7 am-noon Golf Tournament, Richmond and Exeter Country Clubs
9 am-4 pm Alumni Check-In and Registration, Davis Hall, Kingston
11 am-3 pm Bay Queen Cruise on Narragansett Bay, Providence
1 pm Back to Class, Kingston and Bay campuses
4-6 pm Class of 1949 Reception, The Boathouse in Waterplace Park, Providence
5:30-8:30 pm Class of 1974 Reception, Cafe Nuovo, Providence
6 pm Trinity Repertory performance of Romeo & Juliet, Waterplace Park, Providence
6 pm Golf Tournament Steak Dinner, Quonset Officer's Club, North Kingstown
6-8 pm Dean's Reception at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, Providence
8:14 pm WaterFire, Providence

Saturday, June 5

8:30- 11 am Alumni Breakfast, Memorial Union, Kingston (Features alumni awards, keynote address by New York Times Deputy Managing Editor John Geddes '74)
11 am Unveiling of architectural plans for the Convocation Center
11:45 am-3 pm Family Lobster Boil, Kingston campus quadrangle
2-4 pm Physics graduates reception, East Hall, Kingston
3 pm College receptions and affinity reunions, open houses, various locations, Kingston campus
5:30-11:30 pm 50th Reunion Dinner for Class of 1949, Dunes Club, Narragansett
45th Reunion Dinner for Class of 1954, Location to be announced
6:30 pm 40th Reunion Dinner for Class of 1959, Spanish Tavern, Narragansett
25th Reunion Celebration for Class of 1974, Doubletree Islander, Newport
8 pm Theatre By-The-Sea pre-show reception, Sea Horse Grill, Matunuck
9 pm Theatre By-The-Sea performance, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Matunuck

Sunday, June 6

10 am-3 pm Mystic Aquarium Tour, departs from Memorial Union, Kingston
11 am-1 pm Larchwood Inn Brunch, Wakefield
11 am-2 pm Roger Williams Park Zoo and Family Picnic, Providence
11:45 am The Astor's, Newport Mansion Tour, Newport

For More Information: Ann MacDonald, 401-874-2116

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