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URI Alumni Association presents achievement awards during Winter Homecoming ceremonies

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 11, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island Alumni Association presented its annual achievement awards during Winter Homecoming ceremonies recently on the Kingston Campus.
The award categories and recipients are:

Alumni Achievement Awards
These awards are presented to alumni who have achieved excellence in the arts, business, community service, education, humanities, professions, research, and science and technology. A $1,000 scholarship in each recipient’s name will be awarded to a student on the basis of merit and need.

The Arts
Enrico Garzilli, M.A. ’66
Enrico Garzilli is an internationally acclaimed composer, pianist, organist, educator, and scholar. Presently the musical director and organist for Kingston Congregational Church, Garzilli has written the music, book, and lyrics for Rage of the Heart, Shadow of the Wall, Michelangelo, and Save Me the Waltz, which recently completed a successful run in New York. Garzilli, who is also a poet, read one of his poems at the funeral of Pope John Paul I, which was broadcast to more than a billion people. Garzilli’s work has been recorded on EMI/Virgin and First Night Records. He has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Gabrieli String Quartet and is presently at work on two new recordings, a musical play, and a large symphonic oratorio. A South Kingstown resident, Garzilli earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1970.

Robert W. Allen ’71
Robert Allen, whose bachelor’s degree is in mathematics, knows how strong customer service, outstanding products, and a history of community service can add up for a great business. Allen is president and CEO of The Vermont Country Store, one of the country’s most successful and well-known catalog businesses. Allen, who has been with the company since 1982, was selected as the first non-family president of the business in May 1994 and was promoted to CEO in 1996. Originally hired as assistant to the president, Allen has held positions as vice president of merchandising, executive vice president, and chief operating officer. Allen’s previous retail experience was with Eastern Mountain Sports, a retail and catalog company. The Dorset, Vt., resident is a former member of the College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council.

Community Service
Robin S. Chin ’83
College of Pharmacy graduate Robin Chin—a registered pharmacist in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire—has worked to end gender and ethnic disparities in health care. As chair of the board of directors of the National Asian Women’s Health Organization, she is active in communicating health information to the country’s 92 million Asian-Americans. In 1999, Chin was appointed to the National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives, which serves to bring public views to NIH activities, programs, and decision-making. The Attleboro, Mass., resident also promotes breast cancer awareness and screening, HIV/AIDS awareness, and diabetes awareness, especially in minority communities. Chin has received the CVS Paragon Award, the CVS/ProCare Pharmacist of the Year Award in 1999, and the Rhode Island Monthly Unsung Hero Award.

Steven R. Krous ’77, M.S. ’81
Students interested in science have a great role model in Steven Krous, an award winning teacher at Cranston High School West. Krous, who earned his bachelor’s degree in natural resources and master’s degree in animal pathology, has received recognition from state and national organizations. In 2001, the state’s Department of Environmental Management awarded Krous a $4,700 grant to buy "hydroponic and grow out equipment systems to enhance the aquaculture education program at Cranston West." The Murdock-Thompson Center awarded Krous a Summer Fellowship for Innovative Teachers to develop an eel grass project to benefit Narragansett Bay. For the last seven years, Krous has coached his school’s Ocean Science Bowl Team, which captured the national championship in 2003. URI’s Office of Marine Programs selected the Portsmouth, R.I., resident for its Teacher ARMADA program, which involves teachers in ocean science research and mentoring.

Professional Achievement
Paul S. Sledzik ’84
Paul Sledzik is a world-renowned curator of the anatomical collections at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Washington, D.C., and a forensic anthropologist for the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The Germantown, Md., resident, a former team commander of the Region III Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team in the Department of Homeland Security, has worked at the sites of the Oklahoma City bombing and at one of the Sept. 11, 2001, plane crashes. Sledzik has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut. He is a member of the board of directors of the Ellis R. Kerley Forensic Sciences Foundation and of the Forensic Advisory Board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Science And Technology
Paul J. Marangos, Ph.D .’73
The president and CEO of InfaCare Pharmaceuticals Corp. in San Diego, Paul Marangos intends to make the company the leading provider of innovative therapies for infants and newborns. Currently, the company is developing a product for treatment of infantile jaundice. Marangos has published four books and 252 articles in the fields of biochemistry and pharmacology as well as being inventor on 14 issued U.S. patents. He is the founding editor of The Journal of Molecular Neuroscience. He has received National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovative Research Awards totaling over $1.5 million, and in 1980 he received the A.E. Bennett Award in Biological Psychiatry. He was previously senior director of research at Gensia Pharmaceuticals and founder, president, and CEO of Cypros Pharmaceuticals.. Both became public companies on the NASDAQ and American Stock exchange.

Michael C. Keith ’76, M.A. 77, Ph.D. ’98
To say Michael Keith is tuned in to the American radio scene is an understatement. The associate professor of communication at Boston College is the author of 18 book volumes and dozens of articles. "Keith is the most prolific academic chronicler of the radio industry," according to Journalism History. His noted "fringe group" book series, which includes Waves of Rancor, Signals in the Air, Voices in the Purple Haze, and Queer Airwaves, examines the role of minorities and the "outer-culture" in electronic media. Keith is the author of The Radio Station, the most widely adopted text on radio in the United States. He is the co-editor of the book series Media, Communication, and Culture in America. In 2003, Keith published his memoir, The Next Better Place. The South Easton, Mass. resident was named a Marquette University Distinguished Scholar Honoree in 1992.

Ram Award
This award recognizes those who have given meritorious and distinguished service to the Alumni Association and the University for at least 25 years.

Nancy A. Lundgren ’54
Nancy Lundgren is a dedicated member of the Alumni Association Winter Gala Committee, the association’s premiere fund-raising event, now in its 13th year, that annually raises about $100,000 for student scholarships. Lundgren chaired the 2001 committee. She is a member of the Alumni Association Nominating Committee and of the Rhode Island Alumni Chapter. The Tiverton, R.I., resident also served on the Alumni Association Government Relations Committee. A current URI Foundation trustee, she is a retired Tiverton teacher and a member of the Tiverton Land Trust, the Women’s Club of Newport County, the Tiverton Women’s Community Club, and Tiverton Garden Club. She is the librarian of the Amicable Congregational Church.

Philip J. Saulnier ’62
A physical education major, Phil Saulnier was co-captain of the 1961 football team that defeated Brown for the first time in 10 years. He was a cadet colonel and a graduate of the University’s ROTC program. Commissioned as an infantry officer, he was assigned to the 82D Airborne Division. He volunteered twice for Vietnam and was awarded several medals. He was recently selected for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame. Upon retirement from the Army, Saulnier became executive director, east region, of National Industries for the Severely Handicapped. He is president, AMERICA'S PRIDE: Supporting Service-Connected Disabled Veterans, Inc. Saulnier is a trustee of the URI Foundation and a leader of the Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter. He lives in Dunn Loring, Va., with his wife, the former Judith Stone ’61. He is a past member of the Alumni Association Executive Board and Nominating Committee.

Alumni Service Award
This award honors alumni who have helped achieve Alumni Association goals.

Dorothy P. Crossley ’48
As a member of the URI Government Relations Committee, Dorothy Crossley is one of many alumni and friends who regularly contact Rhode Island’s elected leaders to ensure that the University’s welfare is at the top of their priority lists. But that’s not all that keeps Crossley, a food science and nutrition graduate, involved. She is also a member of the Rhode Island Alumni Chapter and the Class of 1948 Reunion Committee. The Warwick, R.I., resident is also on the Golden Grad Council and is both a class agent and past secretary of the Alumni Association Executive Board.

Chester W. Ham ’62, M.L.S. ’69
One of the earliest supporters of the Centennial Quadrangle Brick campaign, Chester Ham is also a hard-working 12-year volunteer on the Winter Gala Committee, an Annual Fund phonathon volunteer, and a member of the Rhode Island Alumni Chapter. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Ham attended college on the G.I. Bill earning a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in library and information studies. Ham’s love of history, poetry, and architecture inspired him to a retirement career as a costumed tour guide with the Providence Preservation Society and, on Saturdays, as a tour guide and bell ringer at Boston’s Old North Church. He also presents slide lectures on such topics as Washington’s National Cathedral, England’s
Stonehenge, and gargoyles and grotesques. This former Warwick teacher/librarian is also a poet who enjoys traveling.

Honorary Alumnus Award
This award is presented to an individual who is committed to the advancement of the goals of the University of Rhode Island.

Robert Sauber
During his time as public issues coordinator at URI’s Feinstein College of Continuing Education in Providence, the late Robert Sauber helped create at least 20 broadcast shows that brought public issues to the people of Rhode Island, including a series of televised town meetings that covered such topics as Rhode Island at the millennium and casino gambling. Sauber also helped develop and launch The Rhode Island Citizen, a public issues magazine published by the College of Business Administration. Now called Rhode Island Business, the color magazine continues to feature voices of the state’s top academicians and policy-makers.

Gary Ley
When he’s not telling Rhode Islanders what the weather is going to be, you can find Gary Ley at URI basketball games and other athletic contests. The chief meteorologist on News Channel 10, he is also a supporter of the Graduate School of Oceanography. Ley joined the NBC team in 1984. Before that he was one of the original forecasters at the Weather Channel when it began operations in 1982. From 1980 through 1982, he was a forecast specialist at the National Weather Service’s National Meteorological Center in Washington, D.C. He was a meteorologist on active duty with the Navy for 10 years and spent 10 years in the Reserves, retiring with the rank of commander. Ley was voted "Best Rhode Island Meteorologist" by Rhode Island Monthly magazine for four straight years.

Recent Alumna Award
This award is presented to a recent graduate who exhibits loyalty and commitment to the University of Rhode Island.

Cortney Mahoney ’01
As a former Rhody The Ram, Cortney Mahoney remembers taking exams on planes and studying on buses during road trips. A native of Pawtucket who now lives in North Kingstown, Mahoney also remembers a full-time class load, working full-time, and serving as a resident assistant. Thanks to Mahoney’s efforts, URI now has a $10,000 endowment for student scholarships for those who serve as Rhody. Mahoney chairs the Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Weekend Committee. She is a charter member for the Iota Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Sorority and serves as chapter advisor and as finance specialist for 17 Alpha Phi chapters in the Northeast. A member of the Rhode Island Alumni Chapter, she was awarded the New Chapter Advisor Award at the Alpha Phi Northeast Regional Conference. Proud to display her Rhody pride, her license plate proclaims "IMARAM."

Presidential Award
This award is presented to an outstanding graduate whose accomplishments represent the spirit of service and excellence of the University of Rhode Island.

Albert R. Peckham ’52
Rhody blue blood courses through the veins of Peckham family members. Albert R. Peckham, who earned a B.S. in agronomy, took over the family farm in the 1970s and built the Peckham greenhouse. One of the largest and oldest retail nurseries in Rhode Island, the Little Compton, R.I. business grows between 400 and 500 crops. Highlighted on Yankee Magazine’s Web site, the nursery, which was founded in 1866, is now being run by the fifth generation of Peckhams. Other members of the Peckham family who have graduated from the University include Amy R. Peckham ’95, Bernard M. Peckham ’26, Elisha Orrin Peckham ’35, Jane Peckham Cabot ’51, Karen Peckham ’60, Laurence S. Peckham ’52, Norman Maxwell Peckham ’53, and Raymond Maxwell Peckham ’23.