URI University Scholars honored
for academic achievement
KINGSTON, R.I.-- November 9, 1999 --Ten University of Rhode Island students
have proven that studying does pay off, as they were honored for earning
the highest freshmen grade point averages.
These students were formally inducted as University College Scholars
and honored for their outstanding scholastic achievement at a banquet held
in their honor late last month.
Each student received a certificate of achievement and a $500 check from
the URI Alumni Association in recognition of their success.
To be designated a University College scholar, students must earn the
top GPA in the freshmen class. This year, all 10 University Scholars earned
a 4.0. Eight out of the 10 scholars were from Rhode Island.
Jessica Tavares, of Pawtucket, was honored as one of the University
College Scholars. Although she acknowledged studying quite a bit last year
to fulfill the requirements for her six-year doctor of pharmacy course schedule,
she always made a point to relax and have fun with her friends.
"Managing your time is the most important thing. I always made enough
time to study and do well in my classes, but I've always had fun. You just
have to place your priorities; then you will succeed in all areas,"
said Tavares, who is also a member of the track and field team.
Staci Hermann, of Bedford, N.H., couldn't agree more with this
philosophy. In between countless hours of class and studying, Hermann finds
time to be a new pledge coordinator for the Pharmacy honor society, Lambda
Kappa Sigma, and a peer tutor. She also enjoys hanging out with friends
and keeping in shape at the gym.
"I like to do well because I want to be amongst the top of the field
in Pharmacy. But, I don't spend all my time worrying about studying. My
advice to new freshmen would be to take it easy, and while you should work
hard on your studies, make sure you have fun," said Hermann.
It's not all fun and games, though, according to Abraham Murray, an engineering
major from Jamestown. To maintain such a high standard takes effort
and time. At one point during his freshmen year, Murray said he spent as
much as 80 hours a week studying.
"I drive myself to excel. The way I see it, if I have done my best
to learn and apply knowledge, I am happy regardless of the grade I receive.
However, I would not be happy were I to just slide along and still receive
good grades," said Murray, whose future goal is to graduate from URI
with a 4.0.
In addition to Tavares, Hermann, and Murray, the seven other University
Scholars are: Amanda J. Argentieri of East Providence; Jessica M.
Brown of Jamestown; Amy C. Knebel of Westminister, Calif.;
Jason M. Lewis of Exeter; Alexandre Minton of Providence;
Babatunde A. Ologun of Pawtucket; and Sarah E. Wojciechowski of North
Lewis and Ologun were also honored at the banquet for having received
the Brett Santoro Memorial Scholarship. Named in memory of Brett Santoro,
a 1997 URI graduate killed in a motorcycle accident in Greenville, R.I.
in December 1998, the scholarships were awarded for the first time this
year to six students who are studying biological sciences.
For More Information: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-2116